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

Big life transitions-- often exciting AND terrifying. I work with people to understand all the feelings that come up with big changes (new job, new baby, relationship change, recent move to NYC, etc). Through awareness and understanding of the feelings coming up, and taking an objective look at your own goals and vision for your life, we can work together to make these adjustments go more smoothly.

— Katie Peterson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY

This category applies to all people who encounter roadblocks in their lives or who seek therapy to deal with difficult situations that have arisen in their lives.

— Frank Thewes, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Princeton, NJ

Your struggles and challenges hold a great opportunity for growth and change. And that's why I'm here; to help you identify and break these worn out patterns that are no longer working. You don't have to do this alone any longer!

— Michelle Nelson, Therapist in Decatur, GA

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

Change can be hard and can increase anxiety and discomfort, even when a change has been planned, and is positive, such as launching a new business or starting school. Fear of failure is common, and often groundless. When change is not in your control, it can be traumatic. Seeking help and support is crucial early on to limit the impact this has on your life. I use a combination of talk therapy and Problem Solving Therapy. This is usually coupled with bio-feedback.

— Sima Kulshreshtha, Counselor in Seattle, WA

If you are experiencing sadness for a recent breakup, for a sudden death, for witnessing violence, you could be experiencing Adjustment Disorder. There are many changes in our behavior that you could not explain in other way. I offer you the space to talk and reflect about your new symptoms.

— Gioia Schuler, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

Adjustment Disorder is a term for the insurance companies. Difficulties with adjustment are natural and expected when major shifts in identity, roles, or circumstances occur. Sometimes these changes are desired and sometimes they are unwanted or even traumatic. Either way I approach them through a developmental lens that helps you to give yourself the grace to cope in the best way for you. By putting current issues into a larger frame, I help clients see the light at the end of the tunnel.

— Pashmina Rashad, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Poughkeepsie, NY

New, unexpected, or unanticipated events can challenge our ability to cope. There can also be those occasions when we realize that it is our situation that is toxic, not us. In any case, it can help to have someone to help us make sense of what's going on and perhaps to find a special kind of liberation from the possible risk of certain situations

— Gilbert Bliss, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Towson, MD

Many of my clients are simply going through difficult life transitions that are creating unhealthy anxiety or depression.

— Paige Towers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Seansea, IL

e Adjustment Disorder is a mild form of disturbance that can involve mood and behavior. After getting clear about the causes of the disturbance we work to better manage the life circumstances that cause the disturbance

— Pauline Everette, Therapist in Detroit, MI

Just moved to AVL? New job? Change in relationship status? Let’s work together to get you back on track!

— Ali Davis, Licensed Professional Counselor in Asheville, NC

We're all adjusting to something, and sometimes we need a little extra support with it. My background and training in brief therapies and passion for working quickly aids me in supporting you through the many adjustments life brings.

— Hollie Bearden, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Kihei, HI

Change means loss. I specialize in grief and loss with Baby Boomers because there are big life adjustments and changes that happen as we age.

— Vicki Quarles, in Louisville, CO

Life is full of both expected and unexpected transitions, and change can be challenging, exciting, puzzling, and/or scary. My goal is to assist clients in exploring situations that are causing discomfort and adjustment and process the experience(s) to find comfort, relief, and/or contentment in moving forward.

— Krystal Marcinkiewicz, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Beaverton, OR

Many clients seek treatment with me because they are experiencing difficult and painful life transitions such as; a major move, loss of a loved one, loss of a job or loss of a sense of purpose or meaning in life. I have experience treating adults and adolescents who are adjusting to varying transitions and new responsibilities of adulthood, parenting, aging, and caring for others.

— Christy Merriner, Therapist in West Hollywood, CA

I remember when my first therapist shared my diagnosis with me - and I learned that we all have things that happen to us and we need help from time to time.

— Jeanie Winstrom, Therapist in Troy, MT

People often experience difficulty with change whether it's transitioning to a new job or relocating your household from one state to another. Change can be challenging and without realizing it, it could have a negative effect on your mental health. Helping the client process and work through this issue can be beneficial.

— Edwyna Piert, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Long Beach, CA

I have extensive experience working with clients who need help improving a particular area of their life so they can return to their normal level of functioning and get back to building a rich and meaningful life.

— Kelly White, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA