Adjustment disorders are much more common than many people realize. This condition is characterized by a change in mood and behavior not known to be characteristic of the individual. It is usually triggered by a major event, such as losing a loved one or taking a new job that requires possibly a move to a new state or region. Other triggers could be a divorce or breakup of a significant relationship. There are an endless number of circumstances which might trigger an adjustment disorder.
The condition may go on for months and, if not treated, could result in a more serious condition. Mood fluctuations are normal, but those that results in a reduced ability to function and chronic features of sadness or despair or anger are possible signs of an adjustment disorder. With counseling, this disorder is frequently resolved within a few weeks to a few months.