Are you suffering from adjustment disorder

No-one really likes abrupt change, but given the current situation in the markets, change may come faster than some expect. Hearty souls can weather any old thing that life throws them, but for a sizeable chunk of the population, coping with unexpected news is enough to throw them over the edge. Adaptation, it seems, was never meant to happen at the speed it does today. For every banker who celebrates getting the sack (because he can finally become the comedian he wanted to be - see feature, p58) there is someone who claims to be on a short home sabbatical from a job everyone knows they no longer have. Symptoms include depression and anxiety for up to six months. Adjustment Disorder also describes the executive who once had an unlimited expense account and the big office but now hot-desks and has to report to 25-year-olds. This is easier to treat than most afflictions: sooner or later adjustments happen for lack of any better ideas.

by Helen Kirwan-Taylor,
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

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