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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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

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

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

Our world is changing and how we interact with others, keep connections and create new relationships. Adjustment Disorder consist of stress, difficultly managing change, sadness, anxiety due to life changes and events. You may find that your normal coping skills are not as effective or not available at all due to the situations out of your control.

— Sara Lowery, Psychotherapist in Marion, NC

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

— Ashley Schrad, Counselor in Omaha, NE

This is the state of the world now?! I imagine you are here because there is some level of ongoing adjustment to many of lives curve balls. Or maybe you have been seeing the balls coming at you and now you want to talk about it, or scream, or dance, or do some art. I might be your therapist. I hope to talk to you soon.

— Bridget Bertrand, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

We all struggle with change, and sometimes, making adjustments can feel overwhelming. Whether you are changing schools, changing jobs, changing partners, or just plain changing your mind, I can provide you with the tools and coping skills that you will need to help you with those adjustments/changes.

— Dr. Lisa Pittman, Psychologist in Ashburn, VA

I assist my client's in adjusting to life changes and challenges associated with those changes.

— Patricia Unger, Licensed Professional Counselor in Murrells Inlet, SC

Often transitions and acceptance require a strong degree of support.

— Robert Preston, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in Honolulu, HI

CBT and DBT will help with identifying thoughts, emotions and behavior. Along with building skills for emotion regulation and interpersonal relationships.

— David Adams, Licensed Professional Counselor in Plymouth, MI

Emotional Support Communication Skills Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

— Martin Keller, Psychologist in Phoenix, AZ

Life will surprise you all the time, and when it does, you must prepare to make adjustments for it. Those adjustments are designed to help you swim through those surprises so you can reach the other side. It is the other side that bares those gifts that have been created just for you. One way to receive those gifts is through therapy sessions. Try it! Give yourself a chance.

— Jocelyn Morris-Bryant, MA, LMFT, LPCC, MPA MORANT Clinical Services Group Practice, Marriage & Family Therapist in Long Beach, CA

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

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

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