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Adjustment Disorders

What are adjustment disorders

Adjustment disorders exist when people have an excessive, abnormal reaction to an emotional or environmental stressor, resulting in serious impairment at work, school or relationships/social life. Examples of typical stressors can include personal losses, natural disasters, or major changes. These stressors can include life events like marriage, break-up or divorce, difficulties at work or school, illness, a new job, or a death in the family. In the weeks following the event an individual with an adjustment disorder will continue to have difficulty coping and demonstrate impaired functioning.

Diagnosing adjustment disorders

It is important that a behavioral health professional diagnose adjustment disorder to rule out other possible diagnoses, such as depression. Symptoms of adjustment disorder generally appear within a few weeks of the stressful experience. Symptoms of an adjustment disorder can vary widely, but may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression and feelings of hopelessness
  • Withdrawl or loss of interest in activities
  • Trembling or palpitations
  • Impaired functioning at work or school
  • Agitation
  • Emotional response incommensurate with experience

Treating Adjustment Disorders

Treatment options that work for my clients are:

  • Talk therapy
  • Psychotherapy with a biopsychosocial approach that considers the biological, psychological, and social factors
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Introduction of coping strategies and self-talk

I also make recommendations for alternative mindfulness therapies like yoga and meditation.

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I am currently accepting new patients. To schedule a consultation or your first appointment, you can call my office at 504-481-899 or click here to request an appointment online.

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