Adjustment Disorder and How Therapy Can Help
Adjustment Disorder is a mental health condition that can impact individuals of all ages, including children and adults. While Veronica’s expertise lies in working with children starting at the age of 13, she also provides support and guidance for adults struggling with Adjustment Disorder.
When faced with significant life stressors, such as moving, divorce, or the loss of a loved one, adults may experience an abnormal and extreme reaction that affects their social, emotional, behavioral, and occupational functioning. Just like children, adults may find it challenging to cope with the overwhelming emotions that arise from these events. They may exhibit symptoms of depression, anxiety, aggression, isolation, work-related difficulties, and sleep disturbances. It is essential to recognize that each individual's perspective and response to stressors may differ, and what may seem manageable to one person can be a source of extreme stress for another.
Identifying Adjustment Disorder in adults can be complex, as the symptoms may overlap with other mental health conditions. However, the DSM-5 provides specific diagnostic criteria to determine if someone meets the criteria for Adjustment Disorder. These include the development of emotional or behavioral symptoms within three months of an identifiable stressor, experiencing marked distress that is disproportionate to the severity of the stressor, and significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning. It is important to rule out normal bereavement or the presence of another mental disorder as the cause of symptoms.
If you or a loved one suspect that Adjustment Disorder may be present, seeking professional help is crucial. As a mental health counselor, Veronica specializes in working with individuals of all ages who are navigating through difficult life transitions and struggling with Adjustment Disorder. Her goal is to provide a safe and supportive space where you can address the underlying issues, develop healthy coping strategies, and promote resilience and well-being.
Treatment for Adjustment Disorder in adults often involves a combination of therapeutic techniques tailored to each individual's needs and preferences. These may include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness practices, stress management techniques, and exploring underlying beliefs and patterns in therapy sessions.
Remember, reaching out for help is a courageous step towards healing and growth. If you or a loved one is dealing with Adjustment Disorder, Veronica is here to support and guide you on your journey towards resilience and well-being.
Please feel free to contact the Office of Veronica Lichtenstein at Talk@VeronicaListens.com or call 561-903-TALK (8255) to schedule an appointment. Let's work together to help you thrive and find balance amidst life's challenges.
See also Veronica's article, How to Take Care of Your Mental Health Without Breaking the Bank.