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

Adjustment ot a chronic illness diagnosis

— Faith Cook, Clinical Psychologist in Black Mountain, 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

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

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

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

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’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

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

Transitions can be challenging. Sudden or frequent changes can make you feel like you and everything around you is falling apart. If you're having a hard time bouncing back after a life transition I can help. Whether it’s a loss, a relocation, a change of career, or recent break up its hard! You don’t have to deal with this alone. I offer space to help you get grounded, stand on your own, and find a new way of balancing it all.

— Yunetta Smith, Therapist in Clarksville, TN

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, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Long Beach, CA

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

Most of my patients are experiencing difficulty adjusting to something in life that has triggered anxiety, depression, or similar symptoms. This is my initial focus with most people to help guide them on a path to navigate through these difficult issues and manage their mental health in a positive and effective way throughout.

— Alan Winder, Clinical Psychologist in hewlett, NY

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

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

Life is a series of constant changes. I approach this from a mind, body, emotion perspective and work with you to find where you are out of balance. Through talk therapy and techniques, you will be able to create balance in your life through healthy decision making. I am trained in mindfulness techniques and will teach you ways to regulate your emotions, make clear decisions, and execute on those decisions. Clear decision making and follow-through help us through life's adjustments.

— Lauren Rigney, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

Change is the only constant in life (that's not an original idea). Life is constantly moving the goal posts (sports metaphor). We get a job, we lose a job. We meet someone and decide to move to Orange County (why). The one thing we forget is that all of this change has an effect on us. Sleep, exercise, nutrition are often neglected during times of change. Stress, burnout, anger flare-ups, existential confusion appear out of nowhere. Change can be the greatest part of life, but it's not easy.

— Scott Levenberg, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in LOS ANGELES, CA