What Is Adjustment Disorder?
You’ve noticed a kid is displaying inappropriate behavior, this child is wild and you start to wonder why?! Why is he/she misbehaving? What is his/her problem? The parents must not be doing a good job! I know my child would NEVER act like this! I don’t want to be around that kid and I don’t want my kid(s) to play with them anymore… What a troubled child!
The back story, the behind the scene, the underground, black market life that you have absolutely NO idea about actually explains it well! You see, a child is not capable of being evil just for EVILS’ sake, there is usually a story to be told that explains his/her hurt, dismay, anxiousness, anger, sadness… you know?! THE HISTORY… And all he/she wants and needs is to be accepted, loved, and supported. And yet so many are pushed aside, judged, and neglected.
Defining Adjustment Disorder
From The WebMD
Adjustment disorder is a short-term condition that occurs when a person (of ANY age/race/gender) has great difficulty coping with, or adjusting to, a particular source of stress, such as a major life change, loss, or event. In 2013, the mental health diagnostic system technically changed the name of “adjustment disorder” to “stress response syndrome.” Also sometimes informally called “situational depression.”
The disorder tends to start three months after the major stressor and typically ends within six months… BUT everyone is different and some may have an ongoing LIFESTYLE stressor that is unavoidable (like living in an unsafe place). So how can you get help? First, go to your general doctor for a check up, if the doctor believes you have ‘adjustment disorder then he/she will recommend Counseling. Seeing a psychiatrist, psychologist, or other mental health professionals such as, cognitive behavior therapy, can help equip a person with Adjustment Disorder with coping skills, such as dealing with stress, identifying triggers, controlling emotions and behaviors, as well as relaxation techniques that prepare them for the future/reoccurring stressors.
- Feeling of hopelessness
- Frequent crying
- Anxiety (nervousness)
- Headaches or stomach-ache
- Palpitations (an unpleasant sensation of irregular or forceful beating of the heart)
- Withdrawal or isolation from people and social activities
- A new pattern of absence from work or school
- New and uncharacteristic dangerous, destructive, or inappropriate behavior.
- Overreacting to things.
- Changes in appetite, either loss of appetite, or overeating
- Problems sleeping
- Feeling tired or without energy
- Increase in the use of alcohol or other drugs
Symptoms in children and teens tend to be more behavioral in nature, such as skipping school, fighting, or acting out. Adults, however, tend to experience more emotional symptoms, such as sadness and anxiety
I’ve learned a lot about this recently as my children have dealt with a lot in their life, from almost losing me (mom) from my Wilson’s Disease, having to live somewhere else for 6 months during the first part of my recovery, to the reason of a divorce (which I will not disclose here!), to the divorce, to selling the home they loved, to moving, to switching schools, to bouncing to and fro two homes now. I know what adjustment disorder is like, I have kids that are now getting the help they need as well as an amazing support system at my home and in their school!
What I ask from everyone reading this is to not shun people away or LABEL them, to not judge but rather get to know the person, figure out what may be happening in their life and HELP! Say ‘hey, what’s going on? want to talk? if you ever need anything let me know!’ Life is about being their for others, getting to understand each other, providing support.
I wish you all the best, live strong, live with a caring heart, live with love!
Take care readers!
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