Although life is full of stressors, sometimes certain stressors can be too powerful for a person to effectively manage. Stressors such as the end of a marriage or romantic relationship, death of a loved one, loss of a job, a major life transition, business crisis, illness, and many other stressors can be simply too much for a person to manage. In these situations, a person may meet criteria for adjustment disorder. Adjustment disorder can include disruptions in mood, significant distress, anxiety symptoms, behavioral changes, or combinations of all of these symptoms, and these symptoms can in turn affect work performance, close relationships, and a number of other areas of a person’s life. Fortunately, with caring and expert treatment like that provided at Southcoast Behavioral Health, it is possible to heal from the effects of adjustment disorder and rediscover a life of happiness and fulfillment.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Watching a loved one experience an intense stressor and then develop adjustment disorder can be a painful experience. However, adjustment disorder is treatable and there are steps you can take to help. Some of these steps may include:
- Learn all you can about adjustment disorder and speak with mental health providers about what you can do to help.
- Investigate treatment centers, speak with treatment center staff, and make a list of a few centers that may be a good fit for your loved one.
- Maintain an open and honest line of communication with your loved one. Let him or her know that you are aware of how he or she is struggling, and reaffirm your love for him or her. Make sure your loved one knows that you will support him or her no matter what.
- If your loved one decides to enter treatment, offer to help by setting up appointments with treatment center staff and accompanying your loved one to intake appointments.
- Remember to take care of yourself as well. Spend time on your own hobbies, continue to invest in your own social network, and consider joining a support group for people with loved ones who have adjustment disorder.
Why Consider Treatment at Southcoast Behavioral Health
The impact that adjustment disorder can have on an individual’s life can be significant. Individuals with this disorder frequently struggle to perform academically or occupationally at the same level as they did prior to the onset of symptoms. This can, in some cases, ultimately result in negative outcomes, such as academic failure, demotion at work, or loss of employment. Functioning in other aspects of life can also become hindered, making accomplishing even seemingly mundane daily tasks feel impossible. Additionally, those who suffer from adjustment disorder often struggle to interact socially in the same way that they once did. For some, this may not have such a drastic effect, but, for others, this could mean a loss of friendships, disturbed romantic relationships, or the development of familial discord. Furthermore, if individuals are suffering from adjustment disorder in addition to a medical condition, the presence of adjustment disorder symptoms may prevent them from properly adhering to their medical care. Fortunately, adjustment disorder is a highly treatable condition and, when appropriate treatment interventions are received, these types of detriments can be successfully overcome or avoided altogether.