Adjustment disorder means that you have emotional or behavioural problems because of stress. But your response to the stress is far more severe than a normal response. It is severe enough to affect your work or social life and may cause depression and physical pains and problems. Events that may cause this response can include a divorce, 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, you may have a more serious disorder.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Do relaxation exercises 10 to 20 minutes a day. You can play soothing, relaxing music while you do them, if you wish.
As you continue to breathe slowly and deeply, relax by doing these next steps for another 5 to 10 minutes:
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Watch closely for changes in your 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 & A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry
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