Most people live life on the path we set for them, too afraid to explore any other. But once in a while people like you come along and knock down all the obstacles we put in your way. People who realize free will is a gift you never know how to use until you fight for it. I think that’s the Chairman’s real plan - that maybe one day we won’t write the plan, you will.
—  The Adjustment Bureau

Adjustment Disorder is usually caused by a recent stressor, such as moving or death in the family. However this condition is different than Anxiety Disorder, where there is no stressor, or PTSD and Acute Stress Disorder where the stressor is usually more intense. 

As well, there are six types of adjustment disorders that are charaterized by the following predominate symptoms: depressed mood, anxiety, mixed depression and anxiety, disturbed conduct, mixed disturbance of emotions and conduct, and unspecified. Adjustment Disorder can also be further classified by it being acute (lasting less than 6 months) or chronic (lasting more than 6 months).

This disorder is twice as common in adult women than adult men but in children it both genders are equally likely to receive a diagnosis.  


  • Acting defiant or showing impulsive behavior
  • Is nervous or tense  
  • Feels sad and hopeless
  • Withdraws from people
  • Trembling or twitching 
  • Symptoms clearly come after a stressor
  • Symptoms are not associated with another disorder or the normal grieving of a loved one

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