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What is adjustment disorder in veterans?

Adjustment disorder is a response to stress or change that is extreme, intense, and overwhelming. It is considered a short-term, nonpsychotic mental illness. For a veteran with adjustment disorder, behavior and emotions in response to life changes or stress may take the form of extreme anxiety, depression, and even suicidal thoughts. A veteran might experience adjustment disorder after deployment, but other, non-military related stressors can cause the disorder as well. While it is normal to have difficulty adjusting to civilian life after military service, adjustment disorder goes beyond the typical challenges of this transition. Fortunately, it can be treated, and even without treatment, it usually does not last beyond a few months. In rare situations, however, untreated adjustment disorder can lead to impulsive self-destructive behaviors, including suicide.

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