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. 

Meet the specialists

Feelings of stress or sadness related to major changes in your life such as graduation from school, marriage, divorce, death of a loved one, coping with illness or retirement are just some of the examples of things that, at times, lead to adjustment disorder which can be alleviated in your therapy.

— Deborah Siegel, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Southbury, CT

What's an adjustment disorder? It's a way to capture those times when an identifiable stressor is causing symptoms that aren't truly diagnosable as a long-term"disorder". If your family is going through a time of transition (i.e. separation/divorce, moving) and your child/teen is suddenly clingy, anxious and having nightmares - they probably haven't suddenly developed "Generalized Anxiety Disorder" but an Adjustment Disorder with Anxiety. This is a short-term (and treatable!) diagnosis.

— Laura Morlok, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Mt Airy, MD

I will work with you on developing the necessary skills while in transition of difficult areas of life.

— Paulishia Augillard, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

I especially like working with clients who are having a difficult time making a transition in their life. This could be a relationship that’s not working out, someone struggling with panic attacks who does not have a close relationship to their thoughts, or someone who is having trouble seeing what the point of continuing living is.

— Dean Ross, Licensed Professional Counselor in Brentwood, TN

Adjusting to a new normal isn't easy. Are you new to Los Angeles? Have you started a new relationship, job, career, school? Have you lost something or someone in your life? Whatever it is you are adjusting to, I can help you through the challenge.

— Tina Marie Del Rosario, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

Life is full of transitions, and I work with adjustment issues from an Acceptance and Commitment framework, assisting clients to move through challenging adjustments while consistently seeking after what matters most to them. I was a 2019-2020 Contextual Behavior Fellow, where I received specific intensive training on treating adjustment disorders in this manner.

— Jessica Parks, Clinical Social Worker in Bolingbrook, IL

Adjustment Disorder must be the most common experience I come across as a professional. 2020 has thrown us for (several) loops, we certainly have a lot to learn to cope with. Because it is technically a short-term and time-limited diagnosis, I have a lot of experience using Solution-Focused Brief Therapy in order to assist someone in making their problems tangible and manageable, identifying appropriate and sustainable tools to help us making necessary changes.

— Mallory Sprague, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York, NY

Addiction Relationships Communication Anxiety Depression Suicidality Self-Esteem Trauma Family of Origin Sex and Sexuality Anger Management Career Transitions Grief Transitions

— Katherine Meek, Counselor in San jose, CA

any stage in life can be overwhelming. Dealing with work related stress, family conflict, parenting stress, relationship tension, inner conflict, low self-esteem,

— Beverly Fuentes, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Chula Vista, CA

Adjustment disorders may arise from many different scenarios that involve work-related stress, family problems, relationship distress, life-stage challenges, changes in social status, or problems arising from financial issues or unemployment. I work with individuals who struggle with such issues, helping them to navigate through these difficult periods of their life.

— Brian Eldridge, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Henderson, NV

We are constantly adjusting to change in our lives. Change can easily feel threatening to the body (even if it's good change!). I utilize Somatic Experiencing techniques to help people restore a sense of ease in the body and increase their ability to weather life's storms.

— Sara Bidler, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Maple Grove, MN

I help individuals that are coping with change and unknowns.

— Joann Whitmore, Clinical Social Worker in Kinnelon, NJ

Adjusting to a change or loss creates a group of symptoms, such as stress, feeling sad or hopeless, and physical symptoms that can occur after you go through a stressful life event. The symptoms occur because you are having a hard time coping.

— Katie Wiggins, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Jacksonville, FL

Small and large transitions happen to us all of the time and impact us to various degrees. I think a transition, or adjustment, can happen and we don't take the time to honor what happened and how we are impacted. We move right into action. When my oldest son was an infant, he was diagnosed with a rare, genetic disease, and I took in the information and barely took a breath before I was in my head, out of my heart, and figuring out how to take care of him.

— Lauren Hartz, Licensed Professional Counselor in Bridgeville, PA

As we go through life most of us hit, or will hit, speed bumps, that can derail our everyday lives-relationship issues, moving, deaths, births, you name it. As a therapist who has seen my own share of life crises, I know what it's like to deal with hard changes. My goal is for you to feel "seen", to be understood, and to give you the skills to move forward in your life in a healthy way. Don't hesitate to reach out to see if we would be a good fit.

— Anna Marcolin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Highland Park, IL

Sometimes things happen in our lives that derail us from the balanced life we have built. It could be a break-up from a relationship, not getting into the college or the job you wanted, financial stressors, a change in one's living situation, natural calamities like the fires or hurricanes, etc. Losing sleep due to worry, and sad feelings can overtake you . Talking to a professional can help you develop new perspectives and learn coping skills that will help you get back on track.

— Bharathy Thridandam, Clinical Social Worker in San Diego, CA

Life can be challenging. Loss, change and unexpected events can be highly disruptive and difficult to navigate. I will assist you in your efforts to deal with unexpected events that may become overwhelming.

— Sally James, Counselor in Spring, TX

Life transitions and the emotions that accompany them can be shocking. We can feel overwhelmed by the stress and begin to shame ourselves for not being more “flexible” or able to “roll with it.” Sometimes we just simply haven’t learned the coping techniques that are required to adjust well to change. Lets uncover those unique skills together.

— Aimee Grimm, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Montrose, CA

We all have life changes and transitions that lead to increase awareness of discomfort. During our time together we will look at what we have control over and how to implement strategies to address and cope with changes. We will also work to enlist supports and tools that you can take with you and use in daily situations.

— Tiffany Pardo, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Vacaville, CA

Whether it's grief or difficulty adjusting to divorce. I am able to help clients move through their own unique process.

— Paulette Sears, Counselor in Manitowoc, WI

We often feel stuck at different points in our lives. Stuck in unsatisfying jobs, unsatisfying relationships, or maybe even stuck in a cycle of depression or anxiety that leaves us unable to achieve the things we want in life. I help clients learn to manage their emotions in a healthy way, move forward during life's toughest changes and take control over their own lives.

— Debby Deroian, Licensed Professional Counselor in Red Bank, NJ