Adjustment Disorder

Are you overwhelmed by stress and change?  At MaineHealth, we have the skilled mental health providers who can help you deal with difficult feelings that may come with major adjustments.

What is adjustment disorder?

With adjustment disorder, people have trouble coping with change and other events that lead to stress. The events can be one-time, recurring, or constant. There are certain stressful situations that can lead to anxiety, depression, or agitation. They include:

  • Moving
  • New school, or school-related issues
  • Death of a loved one
  • Experiencing a fire, flood, or hurricane
  • Money problems
  • Health issues
  • Job changes
  • Marriage or divorce
  • Childbirth
  • Relationship and social problems

Adjustment disorder symptoms

People with adjustment disorder experience:

  • Depression
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Unusual behavior

Adjustment disorder screening and diagnosis

Your provider will do a mental health assessment. Loved ones may be consulted as part of the assessment. Adjustment disorder treatments can often include therapy or a combination of therapy and medication. Therapy can help patients identify the stress and relieve symptoms. Therapists can help patients change their negative feelings into positive and healthy actions. Contact your primary care provider if you or your loved one has signs of adjustment disorder and to see if treatment is needed.

Who's at risk for an adjustment disorder?

People who have lots of stress or trouble coping with stress are more likely to develop an adjustment disorder.

Adjustment disorder is seen equally in men and women.

The disorder can present at any age, even in childhood or adolescence.

Parents who are concerned about their child or adolescent should contact their primary care doctor.

The right care. The right place. At the right time.

From counseling to case management to psychiatric care in a hospital setting, Maine Behavioral Healthcare provides a full range of services to both adults and children.

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