Adjustment disorder is a short-term, nonpsychotic, emotional or behavioral response to an identifiable stressful event or change in a person's life. For adults, stressors might include job-related difficulties, bankruptcy, or disruptions in a relationship. Typical stressors for children include parental divorce, a new birth in the family, or loss of a pet. Natural disasters and violence can also prompt development of the disorder, although in some cases those events may lead to PTSD.
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