Adjustment disorder is a group of symptoms, such as stress, feeling sad or hopeless, and physical symptoms that can occur after you go through a stressful life event. The symptoms occur because you are having a hard time coping and your reaction to the situation is causing distress for you and/or impairment in your day to day functioning.
Many different events may trigger symptoms of an adjustment disorder. Whatever the trigger is, the event may become too much for you. Some examples are; loss of a job, death of a loved one, divorce or problems with a relationship, general life changes and illness or other health issues in yourself or a loved one
There is no way to predict which people who are affected by the same stress are likely to develop adjustment disorder. Your social skills before the event and how you have learned to deal with stress in the past may play roles. Therapy will entail equipping you with healthier coping mechanisms, reconnecting to a support system and people around you and finding your strengths that can help you not just cope with the present but challenges and changes in the future too.