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Sudden changes in life or major transitions in life like getting married, illness, divorce, and work problems can cause worries serving as triggers of stress, but even happy moments can sometimes cause such emotional problems. Our inbuilt abilities to cope up with the applied techniques most of the time are good enough to make us feel adjusted to the new environment with ease in a short period. However, if unable, the adjustment disorder or adjustment issues gives a serious emotional jolt of the maladjustment with a new environment.

Men and women of any age are susceptible to adjustment disorders. However, adult women are more prone to adjustment stress than men. The disorder may have its initiation in a new environment, a new place, a new school, or a newly imposed relationship.

How Do You Know If You or Someone You Care About Is Facing Adjustment issues? 

Signs of adjustment disorder are:

  • Depressed mood
  • Crying spells
  • Nervousness
  • Excessive worry
  • Anxiety and depression 
  • Socially withdrawn
  • Sleep problems
  • Low self-esteem
  • Irritability
  • Change in attitude
  • Changes in appetite
  • Conduct problems
  • Feel of insecurity
  • Helplessness
  • Withdrawing socially
  • Mixed disturbance of emotions and conduct.

Adjustment disorders are diagnosed when we can identify the stressor that led to this and experience symptoms within three months of its occurrence.

Causes of Adjustment Disorder

The stressors are usually of a serious, unusual nature and can include divorce, conflict, moving, academic or work problems, sexuality issues, or any other major life event that is difficult for an individual to cope with or adjust to. The stressor may not seem to be a problem for every person who experiences it. Situations involving a relationship break-up, death, physical move, or natural disaster can even result in an adjustment disorder. 

Sometimes, people experience recurring stressors such as exams for students, financial difficulties for individuals, or contact with family members that trigger past traumas. Having a child, retiring or empty nest syndrome also requires adjustments that might take a while to resolve. 

Self-Care Is a Part of Healing

Following are some suggestions to help you cope with adjustment disorders:

  • Admit to yourself that you are struggling.
  • Make sure you get enough rest and eat regular nutritious meals.
  • Have a positive attitude appreciating that "This too shall pass".
  • Talk with your medical professional about medication options.
  • Seek the help of a psychologist who can help you to deal with the situation in a healthy manner.

There isn't any reason for you to withdraw, suffer in silence, or delay the recovery that is open to you soon.

Adjustment Disorder Treatment

Therapy can help an individual increase their coping skills, reframe negative thoughts, and prepare for future stressors. Medication prescribed temporarily might help while individuals learn new ways of dealing with life in their therapy sessions. 

Therapies such as psychotherapy, talk therapy, CBT, individual counseling, group therapy can effectively help you manage adjustment issues. 

If you are experiencing problems adjusting to something in your life, do not suffer in silence. Why not schedule an appointment with a psychologist who will help you to get back on track?

Please do contact us @+91 97414 76476 or visit Cadabam’s Hospitals.

FAQs:

> What to keep in mind during online counselling?

Getting adjustment disorder treatment can be quite useful for patients who are dealing with adjustment disorder since it is quite brief. If the adjustment disorder is persistent, then the treatment process will be longer. The treatment process provided by adjustment disorder facilities involves psychotherapy, medicines, or a combination of both.

Psychotherapy

This is also known as talk therapy, it’s the main therapy for adjustment disorders. It is provided as a group, individual, or family therapy. Psychotherapy can do the following:

  • Provide emotional support
  • Help you get back to your daily routine
  • Make you understand why the event was stressful and affected you so much
  • Learn about stress management and coping skills, this will help you deal with your stress triggers

Medications

Medicines like anti-depressants and anti-anxiety drugs can be added to help with anxiety and depression symptoms. If you suffer from anxiety then the doctor will prescribe medicines for a few months, but don’t stop the medicines without consulting with your doctor. If you stop taking them suddenly, it will cause withdrawal which can be quite dreadful.

> What to expect at your first adjustment therapy appointment?

If you want to start seeing a mental health professional for treatment and evaluation, then here are some points you can expect when visiting adjustment disorder facilities:

Firstly, you can start making a list of:

  • The symptoms you are consistently experiencing, and their frequency
  • Personal information like major stressors, life changes, negative and positive
  • Medical information

Questions your doctor may ask you:

  • When did you start noticing your symptoms?
  • What are the most recent changes in your life?
  • How often do you feel sad or depressed?
  • Do you have suicidal thoughts?
  • Are you having trouble sleeping?
  • Do you make an effort to avoid any social events?
  • Have you been treated for mental health issues in the past?

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