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

Life is uncertain, and we may thrive in some changes in life like an epic hero, but some changes might leave us disrupted and feeling shipwrecked and lost. If a stressful event has derailed you from your life, I will work with you so you can experience healing and restored energy. Common events that result in adjustment disorder are issues of identity, moving, birth, death, graduation, termination, marriage, breakup, sobriety, sexual activity, and any other of life's endless stressors.

— Marc Heuser, Counselor in Golden, CO

For many years I worked with you young adults who struggled with struggling to adjust to life’s transitions. This could be transitioning to going away to school, more seriously dating, deciding life’s career choices. I have also worked with many clients who needed help as they adjusted to something new or unexpected, such as job loss, moving or transitioning from one faith tradition to another.

— Sarah Bonilla, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Redlands, CA

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 are the most common of disorders and are prevalent during times of national and global high stress. With the pandemic, racial and cultural disparity, and constant divisiveness - we have found ourselves having to adjust to much we never thought possible.

— Jacqueline Burnett-Brown, Marriage & Family Therapist

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

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— Martin Keller, Psychologist in Phoenix, AZ

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

As life events happen, we are often stressed at how the change will affect us. I help clients to understand their emotional and behavioral reactions to that change.

— zarna shah, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Williston Park, NY

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

Life can be full of changes, some wanted and some unwanted. I help assist clients who are struggling with major changes in their lives such as a big move, change in career, divorce/separation or any other life circumstance that is causing distress. I help clients find their way, develop the necessary coping skills to navigate these changes successfully.

— Chris McDonald, Licensed Professional Counselor in Raleigh, NC

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

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

Job changes, moving, pregnancy's, miscarriage's, death, trauma, marriage, etc., can all bring on temporary challenges. Having a safe space to process your loss, your emotions, and you confusion can be cathartic. We will work together to find healthy coping strategies so that you can reach a place of peace. Find acceptance. And eventually build for tomorrow...

— Cheryl Schnabolk, Clinical Social Worker in Chester, NJ

Adjustment issues that I typically treat in my practice are adjusting to life after a break up or divorce, adjusting to your new environment after college and adjusting to moving to a new city and settling in after a big move. Many of my clients are new transplants here to Portland and are in need of some support while they settle into town.

— Jeff Guenther, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

Adaptation is a primary focus of my practice. So whatever life stresses and challenges you face, how you adjust to them will define whether you will successfully emerge from these experiences or not. I can help you find and strengthen your adaptive skills.

— Foad Afshar, Psychotherapist in Manchester, NH