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How can a veteran prevent adjustment disorder?

No one can predict who will be affected by adjustment disorder and who will manage to adapt well to stress and life changes. And you certainly cannot prevent stressors and changes that are beyond your control. However, a veteran can develop emotional resilience and good coping skills that will reduce the possibility of a excessive reaction to stress. Resilience is the capacity to deal with negative events, trauma, tragedy, and stress in ways that don’t derail your normal functionality. You can work to improve your resilience by maintaining close, supportive relationships with friends and family members, looking for the humor in life situations, keeping your body healthy, and thinking positively. Coping skills can be developed by being more proactive in managing minor stressors in life, which will prepare you when the big stressors occur.

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