Adjustment disorder means that your child has emotional or behavioural problems because of stress. But the response to the stress is far more severe than a normal response. It's severe enough to affect your child's school, work, or social life. And it may cause depression and physical pains. Events that may cause this response can include the parents' divorce, awareness of family money problems, or starting school or a new job. It might be anything that causes some stress.
This disorder is most often a short-term problem. It happens within 3 months of the stressful event or change. If the response lasts longer than 6 months after the event ends, your child may have a more serious disorder.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Have your child do relaxation exercises 10 to 20 minutes a day. Your child can play soothing, relaxing music at this time.
Tell others in your house that the child is going to do relaxation exercises. Ask them not to disturb him or her. Help your child find a comfortable, quiet place.
Have your child:
As your child continues to breathe slowly and deeply, help your child relax by having him or her do these next steps for another 5 to 10 minutes:
When the relaxation time is over, have your child come back to alertness by moving his or her fingers, toes, hands, and feet. Then your child can stretch and move his or her entire body. Sometimes people fall asleep during relaxation. But they most often wake up soon.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:
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Current as of:
July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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