Stress and adjustment Disorders

    A wide range of obstacles, both external and internal, can lead to frustration. Prejudice and discrimination, unfulfillment in a job, and the death of a loved one are common frustrations stemming from the environment; physical handicaps, limited ability to perform certain tasks, loneliness, guilt and inadequate self-control are sources of frustration based on personal limitations. Frustrations can be particularly difficult for a person to cope with because they often lead to self-devaluation, making the person feel that she or he has failed in some way or is incompetent.

   Adjustment disorder occurs when a person’s reaction to a stressor is considered maladaptive. This means that he or she is unable to function as usual, or that their reaction to the stressor is excessive.

  Psychological therapy helps the person to learn how to cope with stress and to understand the underlying processes that make stress reaction to be excessive. The key to cope with stress is to learn to handle it rather than fight against it.

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