Adjustment Disorders

Adjustment Disorders affects 5% of the population, 10 million Americans. It occurs equally in men and women.

An adjustment disorder is the development of emotional or behavioral symptoms in response to an identifiable stressor. The stressor may cause anxiety and/or depressive symptoms behavioral changes, physical symptoms of a temporary nature but significant enough to warrant intervention and treatment. It is a short term condition in response to life stressors; such as coping with school or work issues, family conflict, divorce, or grief. The behavioral disturbances may interfere with performance at work or school or home.

Symptoms may include:
  • Anxiety symptoms
  • Depressive symptoms
  • Behavioral changes
  • Disturbances of conduct (truancy, absenteeism, fighting, vandalism, etc)
  • Temporary physical complaints

Treatment Options:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Therapy, and/or Relaxation and Anxiety Management Techniques.