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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Many of the clients that seek mental health treatment generally and many of the clients I have treated seek treatment for some major adjustment or life stressors which is causing anxiety and/or depression. I have treated many clients dealing with such adjustments, this treatment often includes figuring out new ways of coping with the new stressor/adjustment or figuring out how to solve a particular problem.

— Ryan Thurwachter-King, Psychotherapist

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

Sometimes folks are clinically depressed or anxious and other times they are going through a period of heightened stress & anxiety that they need help coping with. Therapy is a great support for people who find themselves reacting/responding differently in everyday situations than they did before. I'd like to help you.

— Jen King, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , CT

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

Anxiety, depression, irritability - these are all things that affect the quality of our daily lives. We work to help you cope with stressors and life events causing distress while helping you heal and find relief from symptoms you experience.

— Laura Jennings, Clinical Social Worker in CANTON, MI

I provide Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to assist clients in learning better ways to cope and accept change.

— Taylor Larsen, Counselor in Gilbert, AZ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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