Adjustment Disorders

Adjustment Disorders Defined:
Adjustment disorders are the result of identifiable stress situations that cause emotional or behavioral symptoms to develop within three months of the onset of the situation. They can be a reaction to life stresses, such as divorce, death, job loss, moving, health problems, etc.

Symptoms/Signs of Adjustment Disorder:

  • Excessive Stress
  • Inability to Function in Social, Occupational, or Educational Settings
  • Correlation with a Temporary Stressful Situation

BMS Treatment Options for Adjustment Disorders:

Because the condition arises in reaction to a specific event, Counseling Services is usually the primary course of treatment. Solution-focused therapy will help the sufferer develop appropriate coping skills. Sometimes, couples counseling and group sessions can provide the social support needed for recovery. Family Outreach is available for children and adolescents with Adjustment Disorders. Education about the disorder is often beneficial and reassuring to the family regarding the nature and seriousness of the prognosis.

Contact Behavior Management Systems for an individual assessment on treatment options.

More Information about Adjustment Disorders from the National Institute of Health

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