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What Adjustment Disorder Symptoms Are You Experiencing?

Signs and symptoms of Adjustment Disorders vary from person to person.


Fluctuations in appetite

Fluctuations in appetite

Trouble sleeping

Trouble sleeping

Reckless behavior

Reckless behavior

Drug and alcohol usage

Drug and alcohol usage





Headaches or stomach aches

Headaches or stomach aches

Withdrawal or isolation

Withdrawal or isolation

Adjustment Disorder with Depressed Mood

Adjustment disorder with depressed mood starts within three months of the stressor's onset and often lasts up to 6 months. Some causes include

  • The brain produces chemicals that influence thoughts, behavior, and actions. An imbalance in these chemicals may adversely affect thoughts, behavior, and actions
  • Hereditary factors may also lead to adjustment disorders with depressed mood
  • Other contributory factors could include lifestyle stressors present during childhood
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Adjustment Disorder with Anxiety.

Sudden changes in mood or behavior characterize an adjustment disorder with anxiety. Moreover, there are sudden outbursts of emotions experienced in private or public. Typical symptoms of adjustment disorder with anxiety include

  • Stomachaches
  • Headaches
  • Flouting etiquette or social codes of conduct
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Adjustment Disorder with Anxiety and Depression

Adjustment Disorder with Anxiety and Depression is a highly subjective form of adjustment disorder where symptoms of anxiety and depression can be observed to varying degrees. Thus, while on the one hand, someone may seem more anxious, on the other, someone may seem more depressed. In some cases, symptoms of anxiety and depression are present in equal amounts. Some of the symptoms are:

  • Anhedonia- the loss of a sense of pleasure
  • Increased tearfulness and frequent crying spells
  • Decreased self-esteem and low mood
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Adjustment Disorder with Disturbance of Conduct

Adjustment Disorder with Disturbance of Conduct
is developed in response to different stressors and often resolves upon removing the trigger. Common symptoms can be:

  • Outbursts of anger
  • Desire for revenge
  • Substance abuse
  • Engaging in actions that violate others’ rights
  • Risky actions
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Adjustment Disorder with Mixed Disturbance of Emotions & Conduct

Although the exact cause of adjustment disorder with mixed disturbance is unknown, specialists attribute it to hereditary reasons, stressors, and the affected person's inherent resilience (or lack thereof). Some of the common symptoms include

  • Nervousness, panic attacks, and insomnia
  • In extreme cases, possible arrest or suspension from work/school due to behavioral issues
  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities
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Unspecified Adjustment Disorders

When reactions to stressors do not fall into any of the previously mentioned subtypes, it gets categorized as an unspecified adjustment disorder. Common reactions may include social withdrawal or loss of interest in activities otherwise deemed enjoyable. Some other symptoms are

  • Edginess and jittery behavior
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Suicidal ideation or behavior
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“It is okay to have depression, it is okay to have anxiety, and it is okay to have an adjustment disorder. We need to improve the conversation. We all have mental health the same way we all have physical health.”

—Prince Harry

Accessible & Effective Adjustment Disorder Treatment

Your therapist will create an adjustment disorder treatment plan to help you on your way toward recovery.


As the primary treatment type for adjustment disorder, psychotherapy is known as “talk therapy” for individual, group, or family therapy. Some of its salient features include:

    • Helping the client understand stress management and learn coping skills for future stressful events.
    • Help the client get back to a routine.
    • Providing emotional support at the time of heightened sensitivity.
    • Helping the client understand why the stressful event impacted them so much.
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Lifestyle Adjustments

Helping the survivor of an adjustment disorder to build resilience against future traumatic events while avoiding the emergence of their symptoms is at the core of this treatment type. Some of the strategies include

    • Performing activities that help bring a sense of accomplishment.
    • Staying connected with a supportive network of family and friends, especially in a positive manner.
    • Recognizing and developing personal strengths.
    • Making detailed plans to cope with and overcome emerging life problems.
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Relapse Prevention Therapy

Relapse prevention therapy is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that helps clients develop skills to prevent a foreseeable relapse. RPT plays a crucial role in a successful rehabilitation program. Some of the broader issues of relapse prevention therapy include the following:

    • Training for coping skills
    • Cognitive behavioral therapy interventions.
    • Behavioral adjustments and lifestyle changes
    • Addiction counseling
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Mirror Therapy

Mirror therapy is primarily directed toward amputees and stroke clients. It is used to create the reflective illusion of the affected limb to trick the amputee’s brain into thinking that movement has occurred in the removed limb without pain. Some other salient features of this type of therapy include

    • Exploiting the brain’s propensity to prefer visual feedback over proprioceptive/somatosensory feedback.
    • It provides relief in cases where neuropathic cases may cause pain.
    • Enhances spinal and cortical motor excitability.
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We all experience changes in our lives, both significant and minor, planned and unanticipated. Any modification or change significantly affecting your life is considered a life transition. Transitions may be based on an exciting event, such as beginning a new work or adding a family member. Upsetting events like the death of a loved one may also bring them on. Many people find it difficult to adjust to changes like reaching 40, retiring, or having children, which is also a life transition.

Transitions in life can be difficult for several reasons.

Change: A life transition denotes a departure from our prior routine. Even if we consider this a "positive" shift, adjusting to a new habit can be challenging. Take moving to a new town or city as an example. You may be looking forward to this exciting shift, but while you adjust, you'll need to figure out new things like how to commute to work, which grocery stores have the most incredible produce, and where to go for an evening walk. Learning new routines requires more effort and time than we ordinarily put into daily tasks.

Increased stress: People encounter several forms of stress due to a life shift. Eustress, a type of stress that inspires you to overcome obstacles and go forward, might occur occasionally. Long-term stress, however, can affect your physical, emotional, and mental health, making navigating a change much more challenging.

Unanticipated changes: Unexpected transitions that directly affect our daily life can be quite difficult to deal with. For instance, pandemics, job loss, and accidents can occur suddenly. Ultimately, when a transformation happens unexpectedly, it can be challenging to handle because we don't have time to plan.

Significant life changes or stress can interfere with our usual coping processes, causing adjustment disorder, which makes it challenging to adjust to new circumstances. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, adjustment disorder symptoms typically manifest three months following a change or stressful event. A few examples are a sad mood, worry, adjustments to daily routines, panic, excruciating tension, trouble sleeping, and modifications to food and sleeping patterns. More stress than usual is a symptom of adjustment disorder, which can cause serious issues at work, in the classroom, or in interpersonal interactions. It may also result in dangerous actions, loneliness, and suicidal thoughts.

Transitions in life affect everyone, but some are more difficult than others. You might feel better and healthier from speaking with a therapist if you discover that you are going through a life shift that is significantly affecting your mood, capacity to work, ability to communicate with others, or any other critical life area. If you need help, you can simply find us online by searching for ‘adjustment disorder therapist near me’ or ‘best therapy for adjustment disorder’. You can also call us directly to book an appointment for adjustment disorder with anxiety and depression or any life transition issues.

The signs and adjustment disorder symptoms experienced differ from person to person and depend on the type of adjustment disorder or level of transition. In response to a stressful situation, you suffer more stress than is often anticipated, and the stress causes serious issues in your life.

Adjustment disorders impact how you feel and think about the world and yourself, as well as your behaviors and behavior. Several instances include:

  • Feeling down, despairing, or lacking enjoyment for former pastimes
  • Persistent Weeping
  • Worrying or experiencing agitated, apprehensive, or worried feelings
  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • Having no Appetite
  • Difficulty Paying Attention
  • Difficulty Carrying Through Daily Tasks
  • Leaving Behind Social Supports
  • Suicidal Thoughts

An adjustment disorder with anxiety might result from many different stressful situations. Among the frequent causes in grownups are:
  • Loss of a Loved one or Friend
  • Difficulties in Relationships or a Divorce
  • Significant Life Changes
  • Disease or Health Concern (in you or a close friend)
  • Moving to a New Home or Location
  • Issues with Money or Worries
  • Family Disputes or Issues
  • Difficulties at School

Psychotherapy - As the primary treatment type for adjustment disorder with anxiety, psychotherapy is known as "talk therapy" for individual, group, or family therapy. Some of its salient features include helping the client understand stress management and learn coping skills for future stressful events, allowing the client to return to a routine, and providing emotional support during heightened sensitivity.

Lifestyle adjustments - Helping the survivor of an adjustment disorder to build resilience against future traumatic events while avoiding the emergence of their symptoms is at the core of this treatment type.

Relapse prevention therapy - Relapse prevention therapy is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that helps clients develop skills to prevent a foreseeable relapse.

Lifebulb therapists and counselors specialized in providing in-person or online therapy, counseling, care, and treatment for a wide variety of mental healthcare needs and issues, including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, grief & loss, trauma, PTSD, couples counseling, marriage counseling, life transitions, adjustment disorders, bipolar, schizophrenia, eating disorders, child counseling, teen and adolescent therapy, anger management, career coaching, life coaching, ADHD treatment, family therapy, panic attack, phobias, substance abuse, virtual therapy, online counseling, EMDR, EFT, and many more.

Your first session with Lifebulb adjustments and life transitions therapist or counselor won't simply be a background or demographic information-gathering session - We know deciding to get help is a big deal and a difficult step. That's why our first offline or online therapy session with you will be about providing you with the service you're seeking and proving that the therapy process can work with the right effort and commitment from both sides.

We believe getting access to an adjustment disorder specialist or counselor should be quick and easy. So our process is straightforward. Simply browse our therapists' bios to find the right fit for you and schedule a virtual counseling or in-person counseling session online. Or call our office, and a team member can help ensure you're matched with the right adjustments and life transitions therapist or counselor for you and your goals. Whether online adjustment disorder treatment therapy or offline therapy, your therapist will help you with an individualized adjustment disorder treatment plan to help you reach your specific goals.

If you are experiencing an emergency right now, please call 911 right away.

While Lifebulb is not a crisis center and Lifebulb adjustments and life transitions therapists and counselors are not emergency services, we understand that urgent matters can and will pop up from time to time. You will have direct email and phone access to your therapist or adjustments and life transitions treatment center, who will make their best effort to be available to you when you reach out. Depending on your specific adjustments and life transitions disorder treatment plan, your adjustments and life transitions therapist may provide you with resources to use or contact when situations occur beyond the scope of your online therapy or offline therapy work together.

When you book a session with your therapist or counselor, our team will email you a confirmation of your appointment date and time with a link to the virtual adjustments and life transitions therapy room. Click the link and log in to the virtual therapy room a few minutes before your session, and your adjustment disorder specialists will meet you there.

Yes. All of our therapists are able to provide best online adjustments and life transitions therapy and adjustment disorder treatment services to our clients.

We use a HIPAA-compliant video counseling service integrated into our Electronic Health Records System to provide a smooth process for our clients to engage in online therapy sessions. Booking a session with us is easy. Simply call our office or request a specific session time from our website, and a team member can book you with the best possible fit as a therapist or confirm your online session details. We'll review insurance information and a few simple policies and email you a confirmation of your session date and time, whether in-person or virtual therapy.

Booking a session with us is easy and flexible, with several options. You can call our office, and a team member can book you with the best fit-in therapist. We'll review insurance information and a few simple policies and email you a confirmation of your session date and time, whether in-person or virtual. Or you can select your ideal therapist from our website, select a session time that works for you, and we'll reach out to you to confirm your appointment details.

We have a flexible cancellation policy. Call our office or reach out to your counselor or therapist 24 hours or more before your online therapy session time to cancel or reschedule any appointment at no cost.

Adjustment disorder treatment is often a long-term process that can help in improving overall mental health. It has been demonstrated that therapy can enhance feelings and behaviors and is associated with healthy adjustments to the brain and body. There is never a guaranteed "cure," but therapy helps make positive lifestyle changes.

We accept many major commercial insurance plans, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna, United Healthcare, Tricare, Medicare, and others. If you don't see your insurance listed, we would be happy to verify your benefits to see if we can accept them, and if not, we offer you an affordable self-pay rate.

At Lifebulb, we operate without any ongoing membership or fees. We believe that everyone deserves to receive the best online therapy service experience. And we believe those benefits should come free of any ongoing out-of-pocket fees simply for engaging in therapy. With us, your only session costs will be those set by your insurance provider or our low self-pay rate.

While many practices accept only self-pay clients or out-of-network benefits, at Lifebulb, we aim to keep your costs low by accepting most major insurance plans. Often the out-of-pocket expense per online therapy session is a low copay determined by your specific insurance provider and plan. We also offer a self-pay rate lower than many practices for those without insurance or simply preferring not to use their healthcare benefits for in-person or virtual therapy.

At Lifebulb, we are extremely picky about who we hire to help you achieve your therapy goals. But we understand that every adjustment and life transitions therapist may not be the perfect match for every client. If your therapy experience is less than you hoped, we will help you get set up to see someone you prefer.

While the majority of our clients opt to have their insurance benefits to get therapy online, we offer a self-pay rate as low as $99, which may vary slightly by geography and therapist licensure.

We take the responsibility of maintaining your privacy seriously. Lifebulb is considered a covered entity under HIPAA guidelines, which means we are subject to all HIPAA rules and regulations. If you have any questions (or recommendations) about our privacy and security practices, we want to help. Contact us at

Therapists that don't enjoy their workplace are often, unfortunately, unable to provide their clients with the best possible level of counseling and therapy. That's why at Lifebulb, our adjustments and life transitions therapists are our top priority. This means that your counselor or therapist can provide you, their client, with the best treatments for adjustment disorder because they enjoy the work they do in session with you, where they work, and who they work with.

Our online therapy sessions are all conducted by our therapist aid adjustments and life transitions in private spaces, and our video platform is contained within our HIPAA-compliant Electronic Health Records system, so your face, voice, and data are always private and protected.

Lifebulb is considered a covered entity under HIPAA guidelines, which means we are subject to all HIPAA rules and regulations. If you have any questions (or recommendations) about our privacy and security practices, we want to help. Contact us at

At Lifebulb, our biggest difference lies in our therapists. Many practices, large and small, often put growing businesses before growing people. It may sound simple, but at Lifebulb, we treat our therapists like valuable people that provide a valuable service. What does that mean for our clients? While we believe therapists and counselors, regardless of where they work, do their best for their clients, we've found that therapists who genuinely enjoy where they work are able to provide the best therapy for adjustment disorder to those they help. To that end, our primary goal at Lifebulb is to provide our therapists with the best possible environment in which to operate. In doing so, we believe Lifebulb clients are best positioned to accomplish their treatments for adjustment disorder goals through in-person counseling or virtual therapy for adjustment disorder.

At Lifebulb, we are extremely selective about the therapists we hire because we know choosing the right therapist can make all the difference in our clients reaching their goals. Our adjustments and life transitions therapists are all educated at the masters level and above and have received several years of hands-on training before becoming fully licensed clinicians. Even among the pool of highly trained therapists, we only work with those who align with our core values. That way, we know your adjustments and life transitions therapist will go the extra mile to help you and offer the best therapy for adjustment disorder online or in-person counseling.

Lifebulb’s adjustments and life transitions clinics has several locations for providing in-person counseling and is adding more regularly. We also provide telehealth or online therapy session services for those who may live distant from our offices.

All our counselors are highly educated and trained and have received their full clinical licensure from practicing counseling. We also thoroughly interview each of our therapists, ensure that they pass a background check, and train them in-house to work with us. Additionally, we ensure that each of our counselors and therapists participates in ongoing education to continue to provide the best in-person and online therapy services possible.

It is important that our clients work with the best possible fit as a adjustments and life transitions therapist for their specific treatments for adjustment disorder. This is why we provide detailed bios of our therapists for our clients to review before reaching out to us. If you have a specific adjustment and life transitions therapist in mind to work with, we would be happy to schedule you to see them. We also understand that our clients don't always match perfectly with their therapist, and in the case of a less-than-great fit, we will help you to find the right match among our team and, if necessary, provide the best referral we can to someone more suited to help you beyond our walls.

A professional counselor is a master- or PhD-level mental health professional approved by a state licensure board to diagnose and treat mental health disorders. The exact name of a professional counselor's license can vary by state, but some of the most common are: Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).

We do employ licensed clinical psychologists, as psychologists can offer services, such as best online therapy services and psychological testing, that many other license types are unable to offer. Many times, your counselor or therapist can work in tandem with a psychologist to provide therapy and psychological testing when necessary to better provide for your specific needs or goals. In this way, we are able to better provide for a wider range of your needs.

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