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Adjustment Disorders

 Jun 24, 2022
adjustment disorders


What are adjustment disorders, and what are the symptoms?

Adjustment disorders are a type of mental disorder that can occur after a person experiences a stressful event or situation. The stressor can be positive, such as starting a new job, getting married, or having a baby. Or the stressor can be something negative, such as the death of a loved one, divorce, or losing one's job. Symptoms of adjustment disorders may vary, but mostly they include sadness, anxiety, irritability or anger, problems sleeping, and difficulty concentrating. Some symptoms may also include physical complaints such as headaches or stomachaches. Adjustment disorders can last for a few weeks to several months. If the symptoms persist for over six months, it may be diagnosed as another type of mental disorder.

If you are experiencing symptoms of an adjustment disorder, it is important to seek professional help. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, the treatment can be different. Mostly it includes psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of both. With treatment, most people with adjustment disorders improve, and the symptoms disappear.

How are adjustment disorders treated, and what is the prognosis for recovery?

Treatment for adjustment disorders typically includes psychotherapy and medication. In some cases, a combination of both is used. Psychotherapy can help you to identify and cope with the stressors in your life. Medication can help to relieve symptoms such as anxiety and depression. With treatment, most people with adjustment disorders recover, and the symptoms disappear. The prognosis for recovery is generally good. However, if the symptoms are severe or persist for longer than six months, it may be necessary to seek additional treatment.

What causes adjustment disorders, and how do they develop?

There is no single cause of adjustment disorders. Rather, they are thought to develop from a combination of psychological, social, and biological factors. Psychological factors contributing to the development of adjustment disorders include a history of mental illness, low self-esteem, and poor coping skills. Social factors such as poverty, family conflict, and social isolation can also play a role. Biological factors such as genetic predisposition and neurobiological abnormalities may also be involved.

It is important to note that not everyone who experiences a stressful event or situation will develop an adjustment disorder. Most people can adjust without any problems. It is believed that people who develop adjustment disorders may be more susceptible due to the presence of one or more risk factors.

What are the risk factors for adjustment disorders?

Several risk factors may increase a person's susceptibility to developing an adjustment disorder. These include:

A history of mental illness: People with a history of mental illness, such as depression or anxiety, are at greater risk of developing an adjustment disorder.

Low self-esteem: People with low self-esteem or poor coping skills may be more likely to develop an adjustment disorder. 

Family conflict: Family conflict can contribute to the development of an adjustment disorder.

Social isolation: Social isolation can also increase the risk of developing an adjustment disorder.

How can family and friends best support someone struggling with an adjustment disorder?

If you know someone who is struggling with an adjustment disorder, there are several things you can do to support them. First, it is important to be understanding and patient. Second, you can help by providing practical assistance, such as helping with childcare or errands. Third, you can encourage the person to seek professional help if they are not already doing so. Finally, you can provide emotional support by being a listening ear and offering words of encouragement.

HelloDr: The best platform to get professional help.

If you or someone you know is struggling with an adjustment disorder, HelloDr can help. We are a confidential and convenient online platform that connects you with licensed mental health professionals. With HelloDr, you can get the help you need from the comfort of your own home. You can also get matched with a therapist specializing in treating adjustment disorders.