Managing stress is never easy for anyone. It is normal to go through a period of emotional distress, lifestyle changes and impairment in functioning briefly through a period of stress. However, if these effects are ongoing and severe, it may be an indication of adjustment disorder.
Adjustment disorder is being in an unhealthy psychological state due to an identifiable stressor or a number of stressors. If this response continues for 6 months after the stressor is removed, it may be an indication of more ongoing concerns – as adjustment disorder will only occur when specific stressful events are occurring and for a short period afterwards.
The stressors can be ongoing or brief, some examples could include:
If there is someone in your family who is experiencing a stressor so intensely that it is impairing their daily functioning and seems out of proportion to the severity of the event, it may be time to seek external help. Sometimes the attempts of other family members or yourself to try to help your loved one can just make them feel worse or further separate your relationship.
The psychologists at VCPS are highly experienced in working with you and your family together, in order to help build a supportive environment for this person and allow a place for the concerns to be explored and managed. Some of the help that would be provided includes: