Adjustment Disorder

Psychologist located in Tampa, FL

Adjustment Disorder

Adjustment disorder is a condition that happens when you’re not able to cope with or adjust to a specific source of stress, such as a divorce, loss of a loved one, or starting a new job. If you’re struggling to adapt to certain changes, reach out to Jeffrey Morris, PsyD, at Morris Therapy Services, PLLC, in Tampa, Florida. He offers a free consultation for your initial visit and can start your path to recovery and hope. Call or book online today.

What is adjustment disorder?

Adjustment disorder is a psychological condition defined by a significant emotional or behavioral reaction to a specific life stressor or change that happened within a three-month timeframe. It causes coping difficulties with a particular life event, such as the loss of a loved one, job loss, divorce, or relocation.

Adjustment disorder is often referred to as a stress-related disorder because it occurs in response to stressors and can disrupt your ability to function effectively.

What are the symptoms of adjustment disorder?

The symptoms of adjustment disorder can vary widely from person to person but typically involve emotional, behavioral, and physical manifestations. Symptoms include:

  • Emotional distress
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Changes in mood
  • Withdrawal
  • Physical symptoms
  • Changes in behavior
  • Loss of interest
  • Sleep problems
  • Feeling overwhelmed

If you struggle with any of the above, you can rely on Morris Therapy Services, PLLC for an accurate diagnosis and treatment.

What causes adjustment disorder?

Adjustment disorder is triggered by specific life stressors or changes, which can include:

  • Major life events (death of a loved one, divorce, job loss, or a serious illness)
  • Workplace stress (high-pressure situations, job changes, or workplace conflicts)
  • Financial strain (bankruptcy or foreclosure)
  • Health concerns (serious illness, injury, or significant changes in your health)

Relationship issues like marital problems, family conflicts, or significant personal relationship changes can also cause adjustment disorder.

How is adjustment disorder treated?

Treatment options include various approaches, such as psychotherapy and supportive counseling. These therapeutic interventions equip you with essential skills to cope with stressors, develop problem-solving abilities, effectively manage your emotional reactions, and play a vital role in recovery.

Support can also come from various sources, including friends, family members, or participation in support groups, offering emotional comfort and encouragement.

In certain cases, medication may be prescribed as part of the treatment plan. Antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications can be beneficial, especially when symptoms like anxiety or depression are particularly pronounced or debilitating.

Dr. Morris also encourages stress management techniques, including relaxation exercises and practicing mindfulness to alleviate the emotional and physical symptoms associated with the condition. These techniques provide valuable tools to regain control over your emotional well-being and enhance your overall quality of life.

To learn more about adjustment disorder or to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Morris, call or book online today.