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

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
 

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

In life there are various transitions that require our ability to adjust and adapt to new ways of living, the "new normal." I believe there is a grief and loss process that accompanies transitions in life. I am able to help you navigate this process, by assisting you with processing the grief of what you feel is lost. I help you identify your strengths and strategies to build resilence and strengthen your capacity to embrace your "new normal."

— Kerrian McKay, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Arlington, VA
 

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

We are all adjusting to to something in our lives. Whether it is a new marriage, divorce, baby, dating, moving, new job, loss of job, etc. Changes can be good or bad but all cause stress. Additionally changes can be hard. We can work together on healthy coping skills and how to overcome all of life changes together.

— Shoshanna Root, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Hamilton, NJ
 

Life is constantly moving forward and often we must adjust to changes that make us feel out of control. Perhaps you are facing a significant loss, career changes, family challenges, fertility or post-partum difficulties, or identity struggles. I will help you to work through your feelings to help you establish effective coping skills to regain a sense of purpose and meaning in life.

— Mallory Grivner, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Collegeville, PA

Every single one of us, can at some point be diagnosed with an adjustment disorder. What is it? Well, it basically describes a time when an individual is having a tough time dealing with an identifable stressor. That sounds almost....normal. Right. Not everything needs to be pathologized (I've now hit my "big word" quota for the day). But if it's something that is causing you stress or difficulty in your life, then it matters regardless of now "normal" it may be.

— Adriana Scott-Wolf, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Rockville Centre, NY
 

Life has its obstacles and challenges, which can be hard to adjust to. I utilize solution focused techniques to help achieve goals and also CBT to identify how thoughts are connected to feeling and behaviors. Adjustment disorder can present itself as stress, physical symptoms such as headaches, sadness, and hopelessness. Together, we will work toward a better quality of life despite challenges that are presented.

— Kaylan Maloney, Counselor in Tucker, GA

I spent decades working with college students on transitional/adjustment issues including transition to college (including for first generation college students), developmental concerns, relationship concerns and graduation/career issues. These areas of focus have continued and expanded in my private practice, where I have been honored to work with many clients transitioning through divorce, other relationship loss, and grief.

— Karen Lese-Fowler, Psychologist in San Diego, CA
 

I work with clients who are experiencing acute distress responses related to situational life changes.

— Raven Waterman, Psychotherapist in ,

Adjustment to change is a part of life. However, sometimes the ability to adjust is not as high as the amount of stress in the changes that are occurring. For example in grieving the loss of a parent or the loss of the home setting is too much of a change all at once and the ability to adjust takes more skills and distress tolerance then a person, especially a child is able to cope with. We all need to readjust and learn new skills sometimes when the old ones don't work.

— Karla Mancero, Marriage & Family Therapist in Edmonds, WA
 

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

Life transitions and the emotions that accompany them can be shocking. We can feel overwhelmed by the stress and begin to shame ourselves for not being more “flexible” or able to “roll with it.” Sometimes we just simply haven’t learned the coping techniques that are required to adjust well to change. Lets uncover those unique skills together.

— Aimee Grimm, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Montrose, CA
 

Life is stressful, we all struggle at times, especially during times of transition. I can help you work on strategies to adjust.

— Leigh Carter, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Warminster, PA

Having a change of life issue? Many times an adjustment of life: new job, relationship, moving, new baby, adoptions, kids growing up and moving out, grief and loss, friend loss; create an adjustment disorder. This is something I can walk with you through and work on strategies to cope.

— Sarah Walgenbach, Counselor in Colorado Springs, CO
 

Life transitions may feel like an insurmountable hurdle. Including job loss, new baby, moving, mid life crisis, death of a loved one, divorce etc. I will help you face these road blocks with a fresh perspective. Therapy allows you space to process and develop new skills.

— Nancy Shertok, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Alpharetta, GA