Sometimes when you are stuck in an environment that has caused you a great deal of stress - even if the stressor is no longer present - your mind continues to believe there is a threat and will not allow you to relax.
Adjustment disorders can be caused by almost any stressor and manifest a wide variety of symptoms, while PTSD is normally associated with severe stress-causing life events and has a more specific set of symptoms.
It is normally a time-limited condition with manifestations arriving almost immediately after the appearance of the pressure-causing event and resolving within six months of the elimination of the stressor.
A child may exhibit antisocial behavior in response to a specific stressor (such as the death of a parent or a divorce) for a limited period of time, but this is not considered a psychiatric condition.
For a child, the stressor may not be just a single event, but may occur in response to what a child may perceive as excessive demands from an authoritarian or an overbearing parent.
In its broadest terms, the definition of work stress is any type of stressor directly related to one's workplace, coworkers, type of job, and similar employment characteristics.
In order to be classified as an adjustment disorder, these symptoms must be shown to be a response to an identifiable stressor that has occurred within the past three months.
The diversion of your attention away from the stressor, even for a short time, allows your mind and body to relax providing you with much needed and immediate stress relief.
To do this, your body goes through several procedures to motivate you to act on a stressor, such as increasing your blood pressure or heart rate and tensing your muscles.
As many as 25 percent of children have relapses after they have been dry at night for six months or longer, usually due to a temporary stressor.