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Free Yourself from Adjustment Issues!

Free Yourself from Adjustment Issues!


Is your child having difficulties after moving to a new school? Or is he/she often sullen or angry after the birth of the new baby in the family?

Is your adolescent child having difficulty doing his/her tasks in school? Are the physical, social and academic pressures noticeably taking an emotional toll?

Do you, as a young adult, sometimes feel unsure about your choices and decisions? Do you find yourself procrastinating in the face of responsibilities or have difficulty maintaining relationships?

Is parenting or a job promotion resulting in your feeling overwhelmed? Are you resorting to unhealthy behaviors to avoid the circumstances of an unhappy marriage?

Is retirement coming with many unexpected adjustment issues and challenges? Have you been recently diagnosed with a medical condition common to older adults?

Changes happen throughout life – from childhood to your later years. They are inevitable. It’s good to know these are common and that adjusting is something natural for people to undergo. So, however challenging the transitions are, people can successfully address and resolve their issues when equipped with the right information and help.

If your child or you have trouble with these changes and challenges, so that they are increasing complications in your life, you are not alone. There are millions of people out there who have similar challenges. Be conscious, though, that your difficulties could be linked to an emotional condition – the adjustment disorder. If your adjustment issues are stemming from an adjustment disorder, you may need professional help.


Behind the Difficulty: Adjustment Disorder

Adjustment disorder or “stress response syndrome” can stand in the way of naturally adapting to the changes in a person’s life. According to Web MD, “Adjustment disorder is a short-term condition that occurs when a person has great difficulty coping with, or adjusting to, a particular source of stress, such as a major life change, loss, or event.” It can be caused by stressful triggers, such as a sudden terrible occurrence or a personal crisis, negatively impacting a person’s relationships, health, finances or job/studies.

Changes are to be expected and people have the natural ability to adjust to them. It can occur at any age, but the risk is higher during transitional periods. No matter how traumatic or painful a transitional change is, you can resolve it. When you are gripped, though, with adjustment disorder you could manifest symptoms that won’t lessen on their own, leading to complicated adjustment issues. So, when the changes are triggering negative emotions and/or bringing about greater concern, it may be time to contact a therapist.

Adjustment disorder can interfere with your inherent ability to adapt to the changes in your life. After a change or milestone, it usually takes about three months before you’re fully aware that your patterns or life routines, lifestyle, and even manner of thinking have similarly changed. For example, you may initially feel excited when you move to a different state or country, or change your job. As it instigates more changes in your life routines, lifestyle, and thinking process, you may panic or feel distressed about unmet expectations or complications.


Understanding the New Life

New beginnings may not always be accompanied by the best circumstances, but they do come and often when we’re unprepared. Many people desire certain changes to happen to them – graduation, job promotion, meeting someone and getting married, having a child, successfully raising a family, etc. Transitions, however, can be difficult. Resisting change is a basic response related to the instinct of human self-preservation.

There are many good reasons to be positive, nonetheless.  For one, change can bring about fresh opportunities. It can also lead you on a journey towards self-discovery and self-awareness. It can provide the chance to take stock of your life and view your future with new optimism. When these happen, however, the transition can require taking some big steps.

While a lot of people can seemingly sail through various life transitions, some may need assistance with their ability to adjust. Many have succumbed to an adjustment disorder in the process of transitioning.  Despite the discouraging feelings and despair or overwhelm, know that you can resolve your issues with a little help from a professional.  


The Complications: Why You Need Help

Adjustment disorder can result in experiencing symptoms similar to depression and anxiety. Aside from the behavioral changes, you may also suffer from symptoms of physical or medical illnesses. Still, your responses to the condition could be different because symptoms vary greatly between individuals. If you manifest the symptoms three months after a stressful event, it would be helpful to seek immediate help from a therapist or counselor.


According to Psychologist Anywhere Anytime, adjustment disorder has several subtypes. These are:


  • Adjustment disorder with depressed mood
  • Adjustment disorder with anxiety
  • Adjustment disorder with mixed anxiety and depressed mood
  • Adjustment disorder with disturbance of conduct
  • Adjustment disorder with mixed disturbance of emotions and conduct
  • Adjustment disorder unspecified


There are also subtypes that can be described as “more serious.” “The subtype called adjustment disorder with embittered mood… is characterized by strong feelings of injustice and thoughts of revenge after a negative life experience.” Acute adjustment disorders can persist under six months while chronic adjustment disorders can last longer than six months. During this period, you may experience several of the following symptoms: hopelessness, extreme sadness and/or frequent crying, impaired social and/or occupational functioning, sleeplessness, nervousness, trembling or twitching, body/physical pain or complaints, behavioral troubles, and excessive worry.


How to Free Yourself from Adjustment Complications

Transitions can bring about many remarkable things and opportunities in your life, but they are not without challenges. When they start to create more confusion and disruptions in your life than you are ready for, it is critical to avoid a hopeless and helpless attitude. Instead, stay positive. Believe that you have the choice and the ability to stay on track. Seeking the assistance of an expert therapist/counselor independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services in Cameron, NC – on Hwy 87, near Linden Oaks can help.

While adjustment disorders can hinder your ability to work through transitions with ease and confidence, it generally doesn’t have to last too long, unless its symptoms are ignored and untreated. The condition is treatable with the right care and therapy. Professional interventions can help fortify your resilience. It can restore and strengthen your ability to adjust. It can assist in sorting out the complicated issues arising from your difficulty. 

If you are in the midst of a troubling and complicated adjustment issue, talk about it.  A caring and capable therapist independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services in Cameron, NC, is waiting to listen to you. Otherwise, the condition may allow you to seek solace from unhealthy activities. There is a healthier way. Take the first step – make that call to the Carolina Counseling Services in Cameron, NC – on Hwy 87, near Linden Oaks.

Serving Areas: Carolina Counseling Services – Cameron, NC

Counties: Harnett County

Areas: Cameron NC, Linden Oaks NC, Sprout Springs NC, Anderson Creek NC, Olivia NC, Pineview NC, Johnsonville NC, Spring Lake NC

Zip Codes: 28326, 28327, 27332, 28394

Rose Thomas, MA, LPC, LCAS, NCC

Specializes in: (Ages 5+) Children, Teens, Individuals, Couples and Families. Anxiety, Depression, ODD (Oppositional Defiance Disorder, ADHD, Relationship Issues, Marriage Counseling, Parenting, PTSD/Trauma Recovery, Acute Stress Disorder, Adult Sexual Abuse Survivors, Adjustment Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Persistent Depressive Disorder, Bipolar and Related Disorders, Self-injurious/Self-Harm, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Separation Anxiety, Disruptive Disorders, Conduct Disorder, Marital Conflict and Discord, LGBT, Substance Use Disorders
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Specializes in: (Ages 4+) Children, Individuals, families, PTSD, Trauma, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Adjustment Disorder, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, communication skills, and Parenting Skills, Behavior Management, Life transitions, Family Conflict, Difficulty Coping, Relationship Problems, Depression, Anxiety

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Shirlisa Daniels, MS, LPC, NCC

Specializes in: (Ages 4+) Children, Teens, Adults and Individuals, Families, Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Panic Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, ODD, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Conflict Resolution and Life Transitions
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Holly Ring, LMFT

Specializes in: (Ages 7+) Adolescents, College Students, Individuals, Couples, and Families, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma (child and adult, TFCBT certified), Relationship Issues, Coping Skills, Adjustment Disorders, Life Transitions, Suicidal Ideation, Self-esteem, OCD, ADHD, Behavioral Issues, Parenting Skills, LGBTQ
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