Adjustment Disorder

Latitude Mental Health

Psychiatrists, Therapist, & Medical Wellness services located in West LA, Los Angeles, CA

If you’ve recently experienced a life event that is causing you to feel hopeless, to lose interest in the activities you used to enjoy, or if you’re having difficulty with your social relationships, you may be suffering from adjustment disorder. This common condition can have a devastating effect on your work, personal life, and physical health. Dr. Armin Hoes of Latitude Mental Health in West Los Angeles can help you cope with an extreme reaction to a stressful life event. If you suffer from adjustment disorder, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Adjustment Disorder Q & A

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What is adjustment disorder?

Everyone experiences life events that cause stress, sadness, or grief, but most of the time, these emotional states are temporary. When you have an adjustment disorder, you experience an ongoing or excessive emotional reaction.

Some examples of events that may cause adjustment disorder are:

  • Marital or relationship problems
  • Family troubles
  • Financial issues
  • Problems at work or school
  • Death of a loved one
  • Medical conditions
  • Life changes


Sometimes called “situational depression,” adjustment disorder is a serious mental health condition that harms your work, school, or personal life. It’s also associated with an increased risk for major depressive disorder, substance abuse, and suicide.


What are the symptoms of adjustment disorder?

Adjustment disorder is characterized by a reaction of extreme distress that’s out of proportion to the triggering event. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of adjustment disorder include:


  • Depressed mood
  • Anxiety
  • Impaired social or occupational functioning
  • Inappropriate conduct


Adjustment disorder symptoms present differently in each individual. 


How is adjustment disorder diagnosed?

Adjustment disorder presents with many symptoms that are associated with other mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety disorder. For an accurate diagnosis, it’s important to schedule a consultation with a skilled expert. Dr. Hoes is an experienced psychiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat adjustment disorder.

During your consultation, Dr. Hoes discusses the recent life events that may be triggering your symptoms and asks you questions about the emotions you’ve been experiencing. He’ll also ask you about your behavior at home, school, or work, your sleep and eating habits, and other questions that help him determine the exact cause of your symptoms.


How is adjustment disorder treated?

To help you cope with your emotions and process the life event that has triggered your adjustment disorder, Dr. Hoes creates a personalized plan of care. Your customized plan may include:

  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Family or group therapy
  • Medications
  • Relaxation techniques

Dr. Hoes may also recommend nutritional and lifestyle counseling. By supporting physical health and developing strategies to cope with your feelings, you can eventually recover completely from adjustment disorder.

If you’re experiencing signs of adjustment disorder, schedule an expert consultation with Dr. Hoes by calling Latitude Mental Health, or book online today.

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