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


I help children navigate life's challenges. I work from a strength-based framework using proven methods.

— Susan Radzilowski, Clinical Social Worker in Farmington Hills, MI

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

Adjustment disorders include a broad category of responses to distressing life events or changes. Sometimes we have difficulty adapting to or coping with life stressors, which can lead to symptoms of depression and anxiety.

— Sage Grazer, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

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

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

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

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

I will work with you on developing the necessary skills while in transition of difficult areas of life.

— Paulishia Augillard, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, 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

Life takes many twists and turns. Changes can be unexpected, planned, natural, feared, or welcomed. All changes in life, even those we look forward to, bring on new emotions and unexpected outcomes. Personal strengths can transform thoughts, feelings, and responses to help us manage the emotional stress often associated with change. However, sometimes the emotional stress can feel like too much to handle. Change is inevitability; letting it control our emotions is not. There is always the opportunity to transform and promote growth and wellness. I look forward to the chance to help you transform and grow.

— Deah Partak, Counselor in Portland, OR

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