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Adjustment Disorder

Life is changing all the time, but if you’re struggling to cope with those changes, you may benefit from adjustment disorder therapies available at Summit Psychiatric Services in Livonia, Michigan. Bryan Weinstein, DO, an experienced psychiatrist, offers comprehensive diagnostics and treatment services to help you manage an adjustment disorder following a death, recent move, or other sudden, dramatic life change. Find out more about the treatment options for adjustment disorder symptoms by calling the office today or book an appointment online.

Adjustment Disorder Q & A

What is an adjustment disorder?

Adjustment disorder includes a variety of symptoms that develop when you experience a lot of stress or unexpected physical or emotional trauma in your life. These symptoms are often a result of difficulty to cope with changes in your life. Triggers of adjustment disorder symptoms can include:

  • Death
  • Divorce
  • Catastrophes
  • Health issues
  • Financial concerns

You may also struggle to adjust after a move to a new home or a new location.

What are the symptoms of an adjustment disorder?

Symptoms of an adjustment disorder can vary widely from person to person. However, common symptoms that develop with this type of condition include:

  • Defiance
  • Isolation
  • Depression
  • Nervousness
  • Impulsive behaviors

For some, difficulties adjusting to a situation or environment may cause physical symptoms, like irregular heartbeat or unexplained pain.

When symptoms of an adjustment disorder become disruptive to your life or your career, you should seek an evaluation at Summit Psychiatric Services to confirm your diagnosis and receive the treatment you need to cope.

How is an adjustment disorder diagnosed?

In order for your symptoms to relate to an adjustment disorder, they usually occur within three months after the triggering event.

Dr. Weinstein discusses with you the events that led up to the start of your issues. He evaluates whether or not your symptoms are more severe than they should be for the specific situation. Dr. Weinstein also assesses whether your issues relate to the grieving process in the case of death or severe illness.

What treatments are available for adjustment disorder?

The goal of treating an adjustment disorder is to restore your functionality and help you cope with your feelings. Talk therapy is often the most useful treatment for helping you manage stress and the changes in your life.

In addition to scheduling individual talk therapy sessions, Dr. Weinstein may recommend group therapy with family members or others who are affected by life changes or traumatic events. This helps establish a support system for you to rely on outside of your therapy.

In some cases, you may benefit from medication therapy in combination with talk therapy. Medications, such as antidepressants, can help ease your struggle with depression or anxiety and help you get good quality sleep.

If a recent or sudden change in your life has left you confused or frightened, Schedule a consultation today by calling the office at 248-471-7171.