For many of us, change is hard! And that is completely normal. With newness comes anxiety, excitement, anticipations, and sometimes even a little bit of fear. But for some individuals the feelings and behaviors that come along with seemingly normal change and life adjustments can be completely de-stabilizing and a sign of a larger mental health disorder.
Adjustment disorders are stress-related conditions. They are characterized by an individual feeling exacerbated symptom of stress for an elongated period of time, or constantly after facing adjustment, change, or a stressful situation.
There are some clear indications that can inform you if you or someone you love may be suffering. Signs include:
Adjustment disorder symptoms and be accompanied by symptomatology of other mental health disorders. Individuals may experience anxiety, depressive episodes, disturbance with emotions and conduct and well as issues in personal and professional relationships. Certain symptoms may be more acute and last longer than others. Symptoms lasting more than 6 months indicate that there is an extreme underlying issue going on that needs to be addressed.
Responses should be based on behavior over the past 90 days
NOTE: Addiction is progressive, chronic and 100% recoverable when treated.
Disclaimer: This screening is not designed to make a diagnosis or take the place of a professional diagnosis
consultation. Use this brief screening tool to help determine if further action is recommended.
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There are multiple risk factors for developing an adjustment disorder that includes current events and previous life experiences. Current events that indicate high volume stress that could contribute to the diagnosis are:
Life Experiences that could contribute to developing the disorder include:
If someone you know is struggling to adjust to new or difficult circumstances, it is important to let them know they do not have to suffer in silence. There are a variety of treatment modalities and therapies that can be utilized to combat the heavy symptoms associated with a stress-related disorder. There are both inpatient and outpatient treatment options and well individual clinicians and support groups available for assistance. If you have questions about getting help or how to empower someone you care to seek assistance, call Heather Fisher today for a free phone consultation.