Adjustment Disorder

What is it?

An adjustment disorder can happen following a life event, such as…

  • divorce
  • bereavement
  • illness
  • work stress

When these ‘stressors’ occur it is normal to go through a period of adjustment. Most of the time people adjust to these changes within a few months. For some people it can cause on-going distress and begin to cause emotional and behavioural disturbances.

Adjustment disorder is a short-term disorder that can be diagnosed if symptoms occur within 3 months of an identifiable stressor. It rarely last more than 6 months. However, it can lead to more significant mood and behavioural changes if not addressed.

What are the symptoms?

Adjustment disorder can have a wide variety of symptoms, which may include…

  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Sadness
  • Worry/anxiety
  • Withdrawal/social isolation from people and social activities
  • Change in appetite; either loss of appetite or over eating
  • Problems sleeping
  • Feeling tired and having no energy
  • Increase in the use of alcohol or drugs to manage symptoms
  • Headaches or stomach aches 

Typically the symptoms are changes from someone’s ‘usual’ self as a result of struggling to adjust.

What therapies that can help?

If you think you could use some help adjusting to life changes, we offer the above therapies. In addition, we also offer a free 15 minute private and confidential telephone consultation where you can chat over what you are experiencing and ways we might be able to help.

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