CONDITIONS WE TREAT

Let us simplify what may otherwise seem complicated.

We realize you and your loved ones are more than a label. Using common diagnostic terms can aid understanding and help guide treatment solutions.

Adjustment Difficulties

Problems with adjustment can occur at just about any age in anyone’s life. Adjustment problems are typically brought on by a big life change or life event that results in distress. An adjustment disorder constitutes any emotional or behavioral symptoms that develop following a stressor three or more months after the stressor occurred.

According to the DSM-5, the diagnostic manual that sets forth how we diagnose conditions, the distress must be disproportionate to the stressor and cause significant impairment in someone’s life. Therefore, grief and some depression in response to the death of a loved one would not be considered an adjustment disorder.

An example would be an adult moving to a new city and experiencing significant anxiety after a year due to the change. Or a child might become depressed after their best friend moves and unable to form new friendships because of the loss after a period of time.

Adjustment disorders may involve anxiety, depressed mood, a combination of the two, or a disturbance in emotions and behavior.

Adjustment disorders differ from a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) because there is no sudden or unexpected threat to life and often the symptoms of an adjustment disorder are not as severe as those experienced in PTSD (Zelviene & Kazlauskas, 2018).

Zelviene, P., & Kazlauskas, E. (2018). Adjustment disorder: current perspectives. Neuropsychiatric Disorder Treatment, 14, 375-381. Doi: 10.2147/NDT.S121072

What We Don’t Treat

We are not an emergency clinic. We are an outpatient provider so we do not have inpatient facilities. We are not a hospital and do not provide detox services for addictions. We do not treat schizophrenia or brain disorders related to advancing age such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. We are not contracted with any court system and do not provide court ordered services related to child custody or other matters.

ADHD affects 11% of school-age children (4-17) and symptoms continue into adulthood in more than 75% of children. Boys are over twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD (13.3%) compared to girls (5.6%)

Source: National Resource Center on ADHD

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