Adjustment disordersare a range of conditions closely related to stress. The symptoms can present as being similar to those of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder. They arise when we experience more stress than would normally be expected from an otherwise unexpected and stressful event, and the stress causes significant problems in our normal lives such as at work or in relationships. A wide range of events, often, but not always connected to significant life changes can lead to adjustment disorders. These include death and bereavement, work issues, physical illness or disability, the ending of relationships, going away to university or other significant events which mark the ending or beginning of a different life.
Typically, everyone will find these changes difficult to some extent, but adjustment disorders will result in feelings of anxiety and depression, and in havingemotional and behavioural reactions that persist for a long time. Generally, adjustment disorder symptoms will appear within three months of the triggering stressful event, and last no longer than six months after it ends. In some cases adjustment disorders can be persistent or chronic and continue for longer. This is more likely when the stressful event is ongoing.
Symptoms can be unclear and may relate to many other conditions. Typically, however, they can include:
Frequent crying, feeling sad, hopeless or not enjoying things you used to enjoy
Excessive worrying or nervousness
Feeling anxious, stressed or overwhelmed
Having difficulty concentrating or sleeping
Lack of appetite
Finding it difficult to function in daily activities including withdrawing from friendships and family, avoiding work, study, paying bills etc.
Suicidal thoughts or risk taking behaviour
Treatment for adjustment disorders Paula works with her patients to develop resilience and coping skills. Talking therapies are generally seen as the most effective treatment for adjustment disorders and Paula can draw on a variety of different methodologies and treatment approaches to find the best fit for each client and their circumstances. Acceptance and commitment therapy can also be very useful for adjustment disorders.Solution focused therapy is a brief treatment approach which has been found to be effective in cases of adjustment disorder, and Paula has been trained in utilising these methodologies.
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