Adjustment disorder treatment
Adjustment disorder is a mental health condition that develops as a result of having to adjust to a particular source of stress, or a traumatic experience. While everyone reacts differently to emotionally traumatic events, if you find that you are experiencing an extreme and overwhelming reaction in relation to the event, it may be that you have developed adjustment disorder.
Adjustment disorder is characterised by a group of symptoms that are similar to but less severe than those experienced in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Individuals who are struggling with adjustment disorder often find that stress, anxiety and feelings of sadness and hopelessness combine to create an excessively negative response to a particularly stressful life event.
Adjustment disorder can affect both adults and children, and the symptoms of this disorder are usually felt within three months of the initial stressful situation. However, the symptoms of adjustment disorder usually subside after around six months, unless your adjustment disorder is particularly chronic.
If you suffer from adjustment disorder, you may find that the stressful event continues to disrupt your life and dominate your thoughts. It is also possible that another stressful experience causes you to experience the same emotional struggle again.
Seek help for adjustment disorder
If you find that you’re having difficulty simply getting through each day, then it’s important that you seek expert adjustment disorder treatment in order to alleviate your symptoms, and return to a positive and fulfilling way of life.
You don’t have to suffer with adjustment disorder alone; specialist mental health treatment at Priory can help you learn to cope with stressful life events and enable you to feel more positive about your situation through a range of personalised adjustment disorder treatment programmes. Our world class psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists and other mental health professionals possess a wealth of experience in treating adjustment disorder and can help you to regain control of your life.
Treatment for adjustment disorder at Priory
Seeking professional psychological treatment for your adjustment disorder can help you to understand why you feel the way that you do as a result of your stressful life event, even if the event was something that was expected. With feelings of anxiety and depression likely to coincide with the disorder, treatment that targets the relief of these mental health conditions can help you return to a more positive mindset.
As the symptoms of adjustment disorder are likely to be felt short-term, not usually beyond six months after the event has occurred, treatment options at Priory include establishing realistic short-term goals between yourself and the mental health professionals that are assigned to you.
A bespoke adjustment disorder treatment plan using therapy sessions aimed at reducing related symptoms of the condition and learning coping mechanisms to help handle stressful events in the future is predominantly delivered on an outpatient basis. Flexible adjustment disorder treatment is made possible with Priory’s nationwide network of specialist sites across the UK, in a location that is convenient to you.
This page was clinically reviewed by Dr Ed Burns (MBChB, MRCPsych, MSc) in June 2020.