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


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

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

I assist my client's in adjusting to life changes and challenges associated with those changes.

— Patricia Unger, Licensed Professional Counselor in Murrells Inlet, SC

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

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'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

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

As one of the most common presenting issues I see in practice, a diagnosis of Adjustment Disorder is assigned when a person's ability to cope with a new stressor overwhelms their resources. Distinct from "big-T" trauma, AD can result from even positive stressors (e.g. a new baby, new job, etc). Together we will build resiliency and coping skills to return you to healthy functioning.

— Katie Plumb, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Long Beach, CA

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, Counselor in Nashville, TN

PhD in Psychology with a specialization in Health Psychology/Behavioural Medicine. I am a senior diplomate & board certified in Applied Clinical Psychophysiology, have advanced training and experience in Neuropsychology, I am both a licensed psychologist and licensed professional counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. I have been board certified in counseling; sports psychology; and clinical hypnosis.

— Peter O'Donnell, Psychologist in State College, PA

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

Many people get stuck and can benefit from short term counseling that helps them adjust and adapt.

— Brad Nowlin, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Fort Worth, TX

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

Focus on planning for the future to assist with transition to a new job or becoming a new parent

— Tenisa Montgomery, Counselor in Maitland, FL

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

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