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Adjustment Disorder   

Adjustment disorder arises as a result of difficulty coping after stressful life events. While everyone sometimes feels sad or overwhelmed in times of stress, those with adjustment disorders have reactions that are greater than would be expected for the type of event that occurred.

People with adjustment disorders have a hard time adjusting to change, whether the change affects their health, their work or school, or some other aspect of life. Whereas most people adjust to major life changes within a few months, those with adjustment disorders may continue to feel overwhelmed, anxious or depressed. Women are twice as likely as men to have an adjustment disorder.

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Symptoms of Adjustment Disorder

Although symptoms vary depending on the individual, many people experience some or all of the following:

  • Hopelessness
  • Lack of enjoyment in usual activities
  • Anxiety or worry
  • Sadness or tearfulness
  • Impulsivity
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Inability to focus or concentrate

These symptoms typically develop within three months of a stressful event. Adjustment disorder may result in behavioral issues such as isolating from friends or family, ignoring responsibilities, and poor performance at work or school. Some people have symptoms for six months or less that may go away on their own, while others suffer from chronic symptoms that typically require professional treatment. Other mental health disorders that often occur along with adjustment disorders include depression, anxiety and drug addiction.

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Causes of Adjustment Disorder

The causes of adjustment disorder aren’t well-understood. As with other mental health disorders, genetics, environment and personality may play a role. Stressful events, such as a death or divorce, financial problems, being diagnosed with a serious illness, surviving an attack or disaster, and job loss, can trigger symptoms of the disorder. Early childhood trauma and a lack of a social support can make it more difficult to cope with stress.

Treatment for Adjustment Disorder

The primary treatments for adjustment disorder are medication and psychotherapy. Malibu Vista provides individual, group and family therapy, along with other interventions, to improve clients’ coping skills and social support. With treatment, clients can experience relief of their symptoms and return to a healthy, satisfying life.

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