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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There’s no denying that life often presents us with our fair share of challenges, usually in the form of sudden change. These life transitions, even the positive ones, can throw us into a tailspin and leave us feeling stressed, confused and vulnerable. But with the right tools and mindset, you have the power to not only overcome any adversity but also transform into a more authentic and confident version of yourself.

— Jessica Clark, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in El Dorado Hills, CA

I am delighted to have been able to assist many people who are struggling with challenges that are quite upsetting, often with both mood and anxiety components. Treatment includes practice with cognitive behavioral strategies designed to improve response to stressors and also use Eye Movement Desensitization (EMDR) therapy to desensitize upsetting stimuli. I would love to have opportunity to help you work through your adjustment issues.

— David Brooks, Clinical Psychologist in Bismarck, ND

Are you experiencing difficulty adjusting to a new situation or circumstance in your life that's leaving you feeling overwhelmed? Life throws plenty of curve balls - many of which are beyond your control. Sometimes you're the one throwing curve balls to yourself! What?! Whether the chaos is your making or gifted to you by another source, adjusting isn't always easy and having the supportive insight and feedback of an objective source can make all the difference. Let's tackle it together!

— Dr. Dana Avey, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Colorado Springs, CO

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

Emotional Support Communication Skills Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

— Martin Keller, Psychologist in Phoenix, AZ

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

For many years I worked with you young adults who struggled with struggling to adjust to life’s transitions. This could be transitioning to going away to school, more seriously dating, deciding life’s career choices. I have also worked with many clients who needed help as they adjusted to something new or unexpected, such as job loss, moving or transitioning from one faith tradition to another.

— Sarah Bonilla, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Redlands, CA

As life events happen, we are often stressed at how the change will affect us. I help clients to understand their emotional and behavioral reactions to that change.

— zarna shah, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Williston Park, NY

Right now the world is experiencing an Adjustment Disorder. Everything that was commonplace has been altered, via social distancing, stay-at-home orders, closing of "non-essential" businesses, and making physical schools turn to online. This is disruptive the to psyche of society, and in turn, the mental wellbeing of the individual. So if you need a place to unload the chaos you have been holding, please reach our for a complimentary consultation.

— Marc Heuser, Counselor in Golden, CO

Adjustment disorders can happen for a number of reasons. It is important to recognize the negative impact these bring upon yourself as a result of a situation, expected or unexpected. By recognizing the situation and accepting what we cannot change, people often find new peace, or new strengths they never knew existed within themselves as a result of attending therapy.

— Keith Elias -Shetland Counseling, LLC, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Parsippany, NJ

Life transitions, both expected and unexpected can really throw us for a loop. Let me help you regulate your nervous system and your daily life after a big transition so that you can get back to your best self.

— Amanda Volk, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

Life can be full of changes, some wanted and some unwanted. I help assist clients who are struggling with major changes in their lives such as a big move, change in career, divorce/separation or any other life circumstance that is causing distress. I help clients find their way, develop the necessary coping skills to navigate these changes successfully.

— Chris McDonald, Licensed Professional Counselor in Raleigh, NC

Every single one of us, can at some point be diagnosed with an adjustment disorder. What is it? Well, it basically describes a time when an individual is having a tough time dealing with an identifable stressor. That sounds almost....normal. Right. Not everything needs to be pathologized (I've now hit my "big word" quota for the day). But if it's something that is causing you stress or difficulty in your life, then it matters regardless of now "normal" it may be.

— Adriana Scott-Wolf, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Rockville Centre, NY

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

— Ashley Schrad, Counselor in Omaha, NE

As one of the most common presenting issues I see in practice, a diagnosis of Adjustment Disorder is assigned when a person's ability to cope with a new stressor overwhelms their resources. Distinct from "big-T" trauma, AD can result from even positive stressors (e.g. a new baby, new job, etc). Together we will build resiliency and coping skills to return you to healthy functioning.

— Katie Plumb, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Long Beach, CA

An adjustment disorder happens when everything was going well then something happened to nudge you off-kilter. This can be taken care of very easily. Take the time to find out how.

— Jocelyn Morris-Bryant, MA, LMFT, LPCC, MPA, Marriage & Family Therapist in Long Beach, CA