There is no way to accurately predict which veterans will develop adjustment disorder in response to stress. However, certain factors appear to make some veterans and civilians more likely to suffer from the condition than others. Veterans with a history of other mental health issues, such as eating disorders, anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder may have more difficulty adjusting to major life changes or stress. Some researchers see a connection between childhood family history and adjustment disorder. Frequent moves, overprotective parents, poverty, orphanhood, or abuse in childhood may make you more anxious in response to change as an adult. Resilience factors, or the support systems and stability you already have in your life, can decrease the risk of adjustment disorder. More women than men experience adjustment disorder, so it is logical to presume that female veterans are more susceptible than males to this condition.