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

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

Adjustment ot a chronic illness diagnosis

— Faith Cook, Clinical Psychologist in Black Mountain, NC

When a client presents with adjustment disorder, the hope is to help them relieve their symptoms and work through whatever event impacted their functioning. Goals will include increasing support, increasing ability to cope and problem solve, working on ability to calm and ground self, and overall empower client in handling whatever comes their way in the future.

— Mindful Counseling PLLC, Counselor in Denton, TX

Adjustment disorder is 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. Emotional regulation is mostly used as coping skill.

— stella Ugwueze,

Throughout life we are constantly having to adapt and adjust to changes. Some people handle this better than others, and others feel at a loss in how to cope through said change. Whether it is grief, changing schools, moving, or loss of a first love, I feel confident that we can work together through the change in a way where you are left with feelings of acceptance and openness.

— Andrea Russo, Counselor in Alpharetta, GA

All of life is an adjustment. Adaptation is a central component of intelligence and functioning in life. Change is one of the preeminent forces of nature. All depression is emanating from the mind's orientation to the past; all anxiety is the mind's orientation to the future. If everyone were utilizing the potential of neuroplasticity, a lot fewer mental health professionals would be needed. Grief, and the way we respond to significant life events that involve multipl simultaneou demands

— Daniel Puchala, Counselor in Frederick, MD

Life is filled with adjustments and some find it more difficult to adjust than others. I am here to aid you in understanding you and your place in this world. It is important to understand our coping skills, where they came from, how they manifested and to learn that it is acceptable to learn new coping skills that help you through your journey in the world as it is today.

— Jennifer Stephenson, Counselor in Fort Collins, CO

Life has its obstacles and challenges, which can be difficult to adjust to. Adjustment disorder can present itself as stress, in physical symptoms such as headaches, sadness, and hopelessness. I utilize solution focused techniques to help achieve goals. I also use CBT to identify how thoughts are connected to feeling and behaviors. This allows for you to identify the whys and hows of the stressor and practice necessary coping skills to get back control of your life.

— Kaylan Maloney, Counselor in Tucker, GA

We all get hit with big life changes that we were not prepared for. Adjusting to them can absolutely be a struggle. My role is to help you adjust and make needed changes. This can be anything from becoming an adult to the gaining or losing of a job to suffering a significant loss in life. Having someone to talk to about your thoughts and feelings that has some distance from you allows you to process more clearly.

— Cora McNeese Nelson, Counselor in Tavares, FL

I treat adjustment disorders with an Internal Family Systems focus.

— Sean Daughtry, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Beverly, MA

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

"Adjustment disorder is 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. Your reaction is stronger than expected for the type of event that occurred" (Medline Plus). In dealing with adjustment disorders, many find my Seven Dimensions of Transformational Living (7-DTL) a wonderful framework to move into new opportunities for living.

— Dr. Edward L. De La Loza, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Diego, CA

I LOVE working with clients that are having a difficult time transitioning to a "new normal". Together we will find ways for you to return to a healthy level of daily functioning.

— Ashley Chambrello, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in West Hartford, CT

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

I will support you during an adjustment or life transition and help you understand why you are struggling and how to reduce your struggling.

— Linda Richards, in Houston, TX

Life transitions are a time to reflect, grow and move in a new direction. There can be indecision and stress related to these transitions and adjustments, especially if there are unplanned or unforeseen. The journey is yours, I can help guide you to your best you.

— Heather Douglas, Clinical Social Worker in Charlotte, NC

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

he quest for a happy and healthy life is a life-long journey. Using the resources of an expert to help guide this journey is a very smart approach. Often times it requires the observations of another to help put things into perspective. This can be especially important in situations where mental health problems like addiction, depression or anxiety interfere with our ability to see our own situation clearly. Whether you are suffering the effects of a major life change such as grief and loss, PTS

— Guide Meditation, Counselor in LA, CA

Working with children/youth in the foster care system, adjustment D/O was a common challenge.

— Nadja von Malotki, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Saint Petersburg, FL

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

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

Life’s situations can come at you really fast : moving to a new city, changing jobs, breakup and conflict with friends. It can be overwhelming and hard to navigate, however with therapy you can learn skills and tools to prevent your symptoms from becoming worse.

— Shayla Peterson, Clinical Social Worker in , SC

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