Adjustment Disorder With Depressed Mood

Adjustment disorder with depressed mood is a mild, reactive, depression which last only a few months. The disorder effects an equal number of males and females.

The symptoms of adjustment disorder with depressed mood are the same as those experienced with other clinical depressions....sadness, emptiness, loss of interest and pleasure, irritability and anger, changes in appetite, sleep problems, restlessness, slow movement and thinking, fatigue, worthlessness and guilt, poor concentration, thoughts about death and suicide.

A differences between adjustment disorder with depressed mood and other depressive disorders is that the adjustment disorder symptoms begin following a specific stressor. The disorder occurs in response to some specific stressful situation or circumstance.

The stressor which causes the problem may be almost anything. Examples include marital conflict, divorce, financial problems, loss of a job, conflicts in a close friendship, having to move, having a close friend or family member diagnosed with a serious disease, being a victim of crime, experiencing a natural disaster...The list could go on and on.

Although almost anyone would be "stressed out" by events such as these, the person experiencing an adjustment disorder with depressed mood has more symptoms of depression than others who have experienced the same stressor. They overreact.

The symptoms are usually milder than in other forms of clinical depression. Nevertheless, they are severe enough that they interfere with the person's ability to function normally.

A second difference between the adjustment disorder with depressed mood and other depressions is that the symptoms only last a short time after the stressful situation ends. Usually the symptoms decrease and disappear within a few months--If the symptoms last longer than six months, there is a problem other than adjustment disorder.

Psychotherapy is helpful in treating an adjustment disorder with depressed mood. Cognitive psychotherapy is the most effective.

Although medication may be used, it is not considered the main treatment.

During psychotherapy, emotional support is offered. Coping skills are taught and strengthened.

If you are experiencing adjustment disorder with depressed mood The How To Transform Your Life E-Workshop can help you develop needed coping skills.

Keep in mind, however, that the E-Workshop should not be considered a substitute for psychotherapy. It is not intended as a treatment for a psychiatric disorder or medical disorder.

Therefore, along with the E-Workshop, you should seek help from a qualified psychologist or psychiatrist.

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