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Adjustment Disorder

Adjustment Disorder

Adjustment Disorder services offered in Alma, Fayetteville and Bentonville, AR

If you or your child has a difficult time adjusting to life’s changes, see a mental health expert at My Psych Health, based in Alma, Fayetteville, and Bentonville, Arkansas, serving patients of all ages virtually. The expert psychiatry team provides treatments for adjustment disorder to help you thrive in changing situations. Call to learn more, or schedule a telehealth appointment online today.

What is adjustment disorder?

Adjustment disorder is a behavioral or emotional reaction to stressful events or life changes. While some people adjust to changes without stress, others find it difficult to navigate through such changes in a healthy, effective way. Adjustment disorder is often diagnosed in children and adolescents, though adults can also experience the condition. 

My Psych Health provides treatments for adjustment disorder virtually, meaning you receive a diagnosis and treatment from the comfort of your home, office, or another location. 

What are the symptoms of adjustment disorder?

Adjustment disorder can cause the following symptoms:

  • Depression
  • Crying 
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Nervousness
  • Feeling jittery 
  • Fear
  • Worry 
  • Difficulty adjusting to change
  • Substance misuse
  • Recklessness
  • Social withdrawal
  • Anxiety

If your symptoms are long-lasting, severe, or debilitating, see a My Psych Health specialist for an evaluation. 

What are the risk factors for adjustment disorder?

The risks of developing adjustment disorder include being a child or teenager, experiencing ongoing stress, and navigating through dramatic life changes. Examples of such changes include:

  • Moving
  • Divorce or separation 
  • Job loss
  • Loss of a pet
  • Addition of a new family member
  • New chronic illness, disease, or injury

Family history, genetics, and certain personality traits may play roles in developing adjustment disorder.  

How is adjustment disorder diagnosed?

To diagnose adjustment disorder, your My Psych Health provider discusses your symptoms and medical history. They ask about your lifestyle, past traumatic events, routine, thoughts, emotions, behavior patterns, and more. 

How is adjustment disorder treated?

My Psych Health offers highly effective treatments for adjustment disorder, including lifestyle change coaching, medication management, counseling, and psychotherapy (talk therapy). You might undergo individual, group, family, or couples counseling via telehealth. 

Your My Psych Health provider can prescribe medicines that help you overcome life challenges in a comfortable way. They follow up with you routinely to ensure you achieve success. 

It’s also important to eat nutritious food, get plenty of sleep, exercise regularly, minimize stress, and maintain a strong social support network. Avoid smoking, drinking alcohol in excess, or using drugs to cope with stressful life events. 

Schedule a telehealth appointment at My Psych Health by phone or online today to pursue treatment for adjustment disorder.