Heather Fisher Professional Drug & Alcohol Interventionist

Life Adjustment

For many of us, change is hard! And that is entirely 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 with seemingly ordinary change and life adjustments can be completely de-stabilizing and a sign of a more considerable mental health disorder.

Adjustment disorders are stress-related conditions characterized by feeling stress for an extended period after facing adjustment, change, or a stressful situation.

Signs and Symptoms

Some clear indications can inform you if you or someone you love may be suffering. Signs include:

  • Feeling sad, hopeless, or not enjoying things you used to enjoy.
  • Frequent crying
  • Worrying or feeling anxious, nervous, jittery, or stressed out
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Lack of appetite
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Difficulty functioning in daily activities.
  • Withdrawing from social supports
  • Avoiding essential things such as going to work or paying bills.
  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior

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 issues in personal and professional relationships. Specific symptoms may be more acute and last longer than others. Symptoms lasting more than six 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.
For help in selecting the proper level of treatment in your area please contact our office.

Risk Factors

There are multiple risk factors for developing an adjustment disorder that includes current events and previous life experiences. Recent events that indicate high volume stress that could contribute to the diagnosis are:

  • Grief and Loss
  • Divorce or Marital Problems
  • Issues in other personal relationships
  • Problems with work or school
  • Traumatic events
  • Unemployment
  • Retirement
  • Having a chronic medical condition

Life Experiences that could contribute to developing the disorder include:

  • Previous Diagnosis of a Metal Health Condition
  • Large amounts of stress in childhood
  • Multiple life difficulties going on at once.

Do Not Lose Hope

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.