Adjustment Disorder is generated when there is a situation that affects the normal course of a person's life generating strong behavioral or emotional reactions.
The stressful change is perfectly identifiable and can refer to a divorce, separation in the family, an unexpected or chronic illness, or an unforeseen change in situations that go beyond the person's ability manage it.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the causes of an Adjustment Disorder?
The principle cause is usually a reaction to stress. It is important to consider factors such as the developmental stage of the person, how vulnerable the person might be, his or her relationship to the environment and their coping mechanisms when facing a difficult situation.
Who can an Adjustment Disorder affect?
Adjustment disorder does not distinguish age or gender, nor does it have the same degree of appearance in men and women. This disorder occurs more commonly in children and young people because they have not yet developed the necessary maturity to assimilate their emotions when facing change. With this population the symptoms will be mostly behavioral, while with adults the symptoms will lean toward depressive reactions.
Are there subtypes for adjustment disorders?
There are several subtypes according to the predominant symptomatology. The most common are:
a) Adjustment Disorder with depressed mood: feelings of hopelessness, depressed emotional state and frequent crying.
b) Adjustment Disorder with anxiety: Excessive worry, fear of not being close to the main caregivers, nervousness.
There are more subtypes that combine these symptoms causing important alterations in behavior.
OUR TREATMENT MODEL
CADE offers a multidisciplinary treatment according to the characteristics and needs of the patient that is based on the patient´s diagnosis and an individual intervention plan.
A psychological or psychiatric disorder generally has a genetic or biological origin detonated by difficult and early or current traumatic experiences that lead the individual to become ill. Therefore, the clinical intervention in these disorders necessitates the multidisciplinary work of psychiatry, psychology, medicine, nutrition and complementary therapies. The treatment can be outpatient, inpatient or semi-inpatient based.