Heather Fisher Recovery Services

Life Adjustment

For many of us, change is difficult. But this is entirely normal. With newness comes anxiety, excitement, anticipations, and sometimes even a little bit of fear. But for some individuals, the feelings and behaviors that come with seemingly ordinary change and life adjustments can be completely de-stabilizing and a sign of a more considerable mental health disorder. Life adjustment disorders are stress-related conditions characterized by feeling stress for an extended period after facing adjustment, change, or a stressful situation. Here at Heather Fisher Recovery Services, we understand that the stressors individuals face can cause significant issues affecting mental health and physical wellbeing.

Life Adjustment Disorder Signs and Symptoms

man takes self test for life adjustmentSome clear indications can inform you if you or someone you love may be suffering. Signs include:

  • Feeling sad, hopeless, or not enjoying things you used to enjoy
  • Frequent crying
  • Worrying or feeling anxious, nervous, jittery, or stressed out
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Lack of appetite
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Difficulty functioning in daily activities
  • Withdrawing from social supports
  • Avoiding essential things such as going to work or paying bills
  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior

Adjustment disorder symptoms and be accompanied by symptomatology of other mental health disorders. Individuals may experience anxiety, depressive episodes, disturbance with emotions and conduct, and issues in personal and professional relationships. Specific symptoms may be more acute and last longer than others. Symptoms lasting more than six months indicate an extreme underlying issue going on that needs to be addressed.


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Disclaimer: This screening is not designed to make a diagnosis or take the place of a professional diagnosis
consultation. Use this brief screening tool to help determine if further action is recommended.
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Risk Factors for life Adjustment Disorder

There are multiple risk factors for developing an adjustment disorder that includes current events and previous life experiences. Recent events that indicate high volume stress that could contribute to the diagnosis are:

  • Grief and Loss
  • Divorce or Marital Problems
  • Issues in other personal relationships
  • Problems with work or school
  • Traumatic events
  • Unemployment
  • Retirement
  • Having a chronic medical condition

Life Experiences that could contribute to developing the disorder include:

  • Previous diagnosis of a mental health condition: When someone struggles with an anxiety disorder or a form of depression, major life events can cause undue stress. These events can trigger a mental health issue to arise, so it’s vital to be aware of the risk and know what to look for. At heather Fisher Recovery Services, we can guide you through the signs and symptoms, so you are prepared to help yourself and others if necessary.
  • Large amounts of stress in childhood: Frequent or consistent stress can dramatically impact how individuals make life adjustments as adults. For many, the habits and coping mechanisms made during their developmental years informs how they act as young adults and adults. This is why learning healthy coping mechanisms and learning to identify and overcome unhealthy ones is necessary.
  • Multiple life difficulties going on at once: For many, it can feel like when one life challenge confronts them, many more soon follow. When in a stressful situation, other issues which could usually be handled without difficulty can become unruly. This adds to the strain a person faces. It can be a challenge to learn how to juggle multiple events and life changes effectively.

No matter what the life experience is an individual or family is undergoing, there is support available.

Discover the support necessary at heather fisher recovery services

If someone you know struggles to adjust to new or difficult circumstances, it is important to let them know they do not have to suffer in silence. There is always hope. There are a variety of treatment modalities and therapies that can be utilized to combat the heavy symptoms associated with a stress-related disorder. Here at Heather Fisher Recovery Services, we provide one-on-one counseling and family therapy to identify, address, and ultimately overcome the life adjustment issues individuals face.

There are both inpatient and outpatient treatment options and well individual clinicians and support groups available for assistance. If you have questions about getting help or how to empower someone you care to seek assistance, call Heather Fisher today at 833.771.1854, or contact us online for a free consultation.