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

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

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

Through life's many transitions, I have experience in helping you work through them with ease and to find peace.

— Julia Ayraud, Counselor in The Woodlands, TX

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, Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

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

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 West Hollywood, CA

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

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

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 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 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 have extensive experience working with clients who need help improving a particular area of their life so they can return to their normal level of functioning and get back to building a rich and meaningful life.

— Kelly White, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA