Adjustment Disorder

Adjustment disorder, also sometimes known as “situational depression,” is a short-term condition that occurs when a person is experiencing more stress or strain than would typically be expected in response to a change or event. It is commonly triggered by a specific stressor, like changing or losing a job, the death or illness of a loved one, undergoing a major life change (such as having a baby), or experiencing trauma in the form of a crime or disaster. The onset of adjustment disorder usually comes within three months of the triggering event and symptoms include feelings of worry, hopelessness, sadness, or anxiety. Sufferers of adjustment disorder may also experience insomnia, headaches, crying and a number of other mental or physical symptoms. The good news is that adjustment disorder is temporary and a qualified mental health practitioner can help you get through it. Contact one of TherapyDen’s adjustment disorder specialists today. 

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Transitions, life-changes, stressors, and loss all contribute to your need to adjust to a new normal for your life. Most of my professional work these 30 years has been helping clients to design their new normal and at times accept their current life experiences. Much of this includes understanding the changes, accepting them, and building a newer system of attitudes, beliefs and skills. Finding your inner strengths, past solutions, and current resilient behaviors will ease the adjustment.

— Debra Ainbinder, Licensed Professional Counselor

I work with children, teens, and adults who deal with adjustments on a daily basis.

— Ashley Schrad, Counselor in Omaha, NE

Have you found that life in all its splendid, scary, overwhelming ways has you struggling to deal with adjustment to things in your life? Well, that is where I come in. I help you find a way to deal with them when you are becoming overwhelmed.

— Bonnie Wright-Robinson, Counselor

We treat adjustment disorders young adults may be experiencing.

— U ARE HEARD, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Avon, CT

An adjustment disorder can be any traumatic experience that causes significant distress, and can occur at any point throughout the course of life. We often think of death, illness, and aging as the existential foundations of personal trauma, but of course, our connection (or lack of connection) to others is absolutely central to our understanding of ourselves, impacting how we move through the world, how we feel inside, and even our ability to locate the source of our distress.

— Jackie Kosak, Art Therapist in Seattle, WA

Adaptation is a primary focus of my practice. So whatever life stresses and challenges you face, how you adjust to them will define whether you will successfully emerge from these experiences or not. I can help you find and strengthen your adaptive skills.

— Foad Afshar, Psychotherapist in Manchester, NH

Adjustment issues that I typically treat in my practice are adjusting to life after a break up or divorce, adjusting to your new environment after college and adjusting to moving to a new city and settling in after a big move. Many of my clients are new transplants here to Portland and are in need of some support while they settle into town.

— Jeff Guenther, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

Adjustment Disorder is a common and oftentimes underdiagnosed disorder. In my work I encounter many clients suffering from rapid and overwhelming transitions in their life which can cause stress, anxiety or depressive symptoms. This disorder can oftentimes influence and changed ones self-esteem and perception of self. My clients and I work through adjustment disorder by processing feelings associated with these transitions and see them as change rather than a disruption

— Artur Lebiedzinski, Psychotherapist in New York, NY

Olivia has worked with individuals of many ages with different presenting issues to help them through times of adjustment and prevent escalation to trauma related symptoms. Olivia is trained in biofeedback to help teach clients self-regulation strategies.

— Olivia Van Ness, Licensed Professional Counselor in Fort Worth, TX

It's often in transitions that we find the parts of us who need more attention or support. Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy helps us address the parts of us experiencing concerns, which may arise in the form of panic, depression, anxiety, confusion, dissociation, anger, numbness, or resistance. These reactions are "trailheads" that will lead us to find lost, vulnerable parts of ourselves. Reclaiming these parts and their energy moves us successfully through to the other side.

— Prudence Tippins, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Viroqua, WI

Life is uncertain, and we may thrive in some changes in life like an epic hero, but some changes might leave us disrupted and feeling shipwrecked and lost. If a stressful event has derailed you from your life, I will work with you so you can experience healing and restored energy. Common events that result in adjustment disorder are issues of identity, moving, birth, death, graduation, termination, marriage, breakup, sobriety, sexual activity, and any other of life's endless stressors.

— Marc Heuser, Counselor in Golden, CO

Parenting is a big responsibility full of many moments of joy, doubt, love, fear, and more. Many questions about who we want to be as a parent, who we will become in the process, and how our child will ultimately perceive their relationship with us swirl in an expecting parent's mind. I offer a space for expecting parents to share and process all the feelings both positive and negative that come up as they adjust to this impactful transition.

— Luisa Bakhoum, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate