Lifestyle transitions are something everyone encounters in their life, no matter their age. Prolonged stress from transitions, however, can develop into adjustment disorders.
Adjustment disorders are also known as situational depression. Its symptoms include depressed mood, anxiety, interference with work or school, and social isolation. As it gets more serious, there is increased risk of major depression, substance abuse, and even suicidal behavior. Therefore, it is vital to seek help as soon as you notice these symptoms. No one will judge you for seeking help early, and you will find the recovery much easier when symptoms are fewer and less intense.
Some causes of adjustment disorders include:
- Moving to a new area
- Starting school
- Starting a new job
- Losing a job
- A new child
- Illness or disability
- Mixed families
- Empty nesting
Adjustment disorders can be caused by a single event or multiple, compounding issues.
Adjustment therapy addresses the root causes that are creating the adjustment issues, so that you can return to your happier, healthier self. Your counselor may help you look at your problem-solving techniques, causes of unnecessary stress, and coping strategies. Your counselor may also help you develop some relaxation and coping techniques. Other elements of adjustment therapy may include strengthening social supports, family connections, friendships, and work acquaintances. Because issues rarely affect only one person, adjustment therapy may include group sessions, marriage counseling, or family therapy.
Our trained therapists can help you overcome the challenges you are facing and regain a happy, stable life.