For children and teens the disorder is usually displayed through behavioral symptoms. For example, youth may steal, fight, cut school, run away, or normally act out in multiple settings.
Most adults with adjustment disorders improve within six months, but those that do’t can confront some serious effects. These include:
Suicidal ideas and behaviour
Depressed immune system resulting in physical sickness
Youths who suffer from a long-term adjustment disorder, particularly when accompanied by conduct difficulties, are at risk for long term emotional problems. In particular, they're at substantial risk for:
Substance abuse disorders
Antisocial personality disorder
Incarceration due to delinquent actions
Engaging in dangerous tasks and injuries due to reduced inhibitions while using a material.