Failure to adapt to a change in one’s environment, resulting in inability to cope with work or social activities. Maladjustment can occur as a reaction to stressful situations, such as divorce or moving house. There may be feelings of depression or anxiety, or behavioural problems in children and in adolescents. Maladjustment usually disappears when a person is removed from the stressful situation or adapts to it.


Online Medical Dictionary: Your essential reference to over 5000 medical terms.