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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Right now the world is experiencing an Adjustment Disorder. Everything that was commonplace has been altered, via social distancing, stay-at-home orders, closing of "non-essential" businesses, and making physical schools turn to online. This is disruptive the to psyche of society, and in turn, the mental wellbeing of the individual. So if you need a place to unload the chaos you have been holding, please reach our for a complimentary consultation.

— Marc Heuser, Counselor in Golden, CO

Adjustment disorders can happen for a number of reasons. It is important to recognize the negative impact these bring upon yourself as a result of a situation, expected or unexpected. By recognizing the situation and accepting what we cannot change, people often find new peace, or new strengths they never knew existed within themselves as a result of attending therapy.

— Keith Elias -Shetland Counseling, LLC, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Parsippany, NJ

We all struggle with change, and sometimes, making adjustments can feel overwhelming. Whether you are changing schools, changing jobs, changing partners, or just plain changing your mind, I can provide you with the tools and coping skills that you will need to help you with those adjustments/changes.

— Dr. Lisa Pittman, Psychologist in Ashburn, VA

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

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

“An emotional or behavioral reaction to a stressful event or change in a person's life.” (John Hopkins Medical Center, 2021)

— Robert Preston, Associate Professional Counselor in Phoenix, AZ

An adjustment disorder happens when everything was going well then something happened to nudge you off-kilter. This can be taken care of very easily. Take the time to find out how.

— Jocelyn Morris-Bryant, MA, LMFT, LPCC, MPA, Marriage & Family Therapist in Long Beach, CA

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

I work with children, teens, and adults who deal with adjustments on a daily basis.

— Ashley Schrad, Counselor in Omaha, NE

I am delighted to have been able to assist many people who are struggling with challenges that are quite upsetting, often with both mood and anxiety components. Treatment includes practice with cognitive behavioral strategies designed to improve response to stressors and also use Eye Movement Desensitization (EMDR) therapy to desensitize upsetting stimuli. I would love to have opportunity to help you work through your adjustment issues.

— David Brooks, Clinical Psychologist in Bismarck, ND

Emotional Support Communication Skills Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

— Martin Keller, Psychologist in Phoenix, AZ

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