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

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

Adjustment disorder just means that you're having a hard time dealing with something that is naturally difficult to deal with. It's a temporary diagnosis and often the initial one I use- I am conservative in diagnosis and never want to overstep in labeling the problem, as this can cause difficulties. With some work and some coping skills we can get you back to managing life and what it throws at you.

— Catherine McConnell, Counselor in Arlington, TX

We are constantly adjusting to change in our lives. Change can easily feel threatening to the body (even if it's good change!). I utilize Somatic Experiencing techniques to help people restore a sense of ease in the body and increase their ability to weather life's storms.

— Sara Bidler, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Maple Grove, MN

Adjusting to life transitions can be a struggle. I like to create a trusting environment where I can support you with processing whatever transitions you may be going through in your life!

— Shannon Nicholson, Counselor in Watertown, CT

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

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

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 treat adjustment disorders with an Internal Family Systems focus.

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

If you are having a difficult time adjusting after the emergence of a stressor in your life, you may benefit from new strategies taught in Dialectical Behavior Therapy such as mindfulness practices, interpersonal effectiveness skills, and coping skills that can help you regulate your emotions. EMDR may also help people reprocess past and current triggers that are contributing to stress. Depth psychotherapy can also be useful to help people resolve spiritual issues caused by life transitions.

— Kristen Hornung, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Encinitas, CA

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

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

New home, change in relationship, those in high school or college challenged with life changes

— Gina Rivera Sokolich, Counselor in Ballwin, MO

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

Life is hard, and often times overwhelming. Life transitions can takes us be surprise and leaves us unsure of our next step. I have assisted many individuals with changing circumstances. Contact me today.

— Genevieve Thomas, Licensed Professional Counselor in Memphis, TN

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

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

Change can be difficult for us all. Finding someone to process the changes with can help you in the right direction.

— Marie Vernal, Social Worker in Jacksonville, FL

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

Especially with COVID and all of the changes that are happening as a result, adjustment disorders are on the rise.

— Dr. Denise Renye, Sex Therapist

An Adjustment Disorder is a reaction to stress that might make a person have mental and physical symptoms. Many people experience depression, anxiety, irritability, impulsivity, insomnia, muscle twitches or trembling, fatigue, and body pain or soreness. I have 15 years of treating adults that have lost a loved one, have relationship issues, and major life changes. I've helped them understand their symptoms, develop action plans and get their symptoms under control.

— Savita Kumar, Counselor in Folsom, 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

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 Los Angeles, CA

The primary goal of treatment is to relieve symptoms and help individual achieve a level of functioning comparable to that prior to the stressful event. Goals of therapy will often center around social supports available to the individual in the form of family, friends, and community. The individual's coping and problem-solving skills will be explored and developed. Relaxation and mindfulness techniques will also be introduced.

— Deborah Blum, Counselor in North Miami Beach, FL

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. While depression is emanating from the mind's orientation to the past; 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. Multiple simultaneous demands for adjustment and significant life events are usually key explorations.

— Daniel Puchala, Counselor in Frederick, MD