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Adjustment Disorders Treatment in Northern New Jersey

Some people have more difficulty adjusting to life changes than others do. Those who are struggling can seek help from Psycho-Educational Associates, serving patients in Little Falls Township, Totowa, Woodland Park and the surrounding areas.

Adjustment disorders are characterized by behavioral or emotional symptoms that appear within three months of the onset of a stressor. A stressor may be something positive like getting married or buying a new home. It can also be something negative like losing a job, a breakup, or the death of a loved one. Adjustment disorders also affect children and can manifest into a large array of symptoms and counterproductive behaviors.

Symptoms of Adjustment Disorders

The symptoms a person experiences with an adjustment disorder will vary. They can vary based on the individual and the circumstances. However, the main identifying mark of an adjustment disorder is that it begins within three months of a stressful situation in life.

Emotional Symptoms of Adjustment Disorders

The symptoms a person experiences when dealing with an adjustment disorder will affect the way they feel and think about themselves and about their life. The symptoms include:

  • Hopelessness
  • Sadness
  • Lack of enjoyment
  • Nervousness
  • Jitteriness
  • Anxiety and separation anxiety
  • Feeling worried
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Crying spells
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Feeling overwhelmed

Behavioral Symptoms of Adjustment Disorders

Adjustment disorders can affect your behavior and actions. The symptoms include:

  • Skipping school
  • Reckless driving
  • Staying away from family and friends
  • Vandalizing property
  • Fighting
  • Not paying bills
  • Not doing well in school or at work

Duration of Symptoms

The amount of time that a person can experience the symptoms of an adjustment disorder can vary.

  • Six months or less is considered acute. With acute adjustment disorder, the symptoms will ease up once the stressor is removed. It may be necessary for a person to get brief professional help during this time.
  • More than six months: With a chronic adjustment disorder, the symptoms can continuously bother you and completely disrupt your life. Professional help may be needed to help ease the symptoms and prevent the condition from becoming worse.

Occurrences and Diagnosis of Adjustment Disorders

An adjustment disorder should be diagnosed by a mental health professional by means of a simple clinical interview. It is possible for adjustment disorders to happen at any time in a person’s life. Adjustment disorders occur among both males and females, and there is no difference in the frequency with which it occurs between the sexes.

Types of Adjustment Disorders

There are further categories of adjustment disorders when individuals experience particular symptoms. These categories include:

  • Adjustment disorder with anxiety
  • Adjustment disorder with mixed disturbance of conduct and emotions
  • Adjustment disorder with depressed mood
  • Adjustment disorder with depressed mood and mixed anxiety
  • Adjustment disorder with disturbance of conduct
  • Adjustment disorder, unspecified

If you’re facing a difficult adjustment, you don’t have to go it alone. Here at Psycho-Educational Associates, we have experienced, caring professionals standing by ready to provide help with adjustment disorders and a variety of other services. Contact  us today to schedule your appointment!