Teen adjustment disorder is a condition that is caused mostly by stress and manifests through both psychological and physical symptoms that make daily life debilitating for a teen with this disorder.

Teen Adjustment Disorder types Defined

There are six psychological conditions under the umbrella of this disorder. Each condition has a set of distinct symptoms.

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Symptoms of TEEN ASD

Generally, symptoms of ASD last for a minimum of three to four days and a maximum of a month. If a teen has another mental health disorder or medical condition then the symptoms of ASD may be more pronounced and longer lasting. The usual symptoms of ASD are:

1. Depressive teen adjustment disorder – teen presents sadness and utter hopelessness, often crying and lacking enjoyment in previously enjoyed activities.

2. Anxiety teen adjustment disorder – teen displays a stunned, worried, and anxious look. They lack concentration and experience memory loss. This type of disorder is often associated with kids who are separated from parents or loved ones.

3. Anxiety & depression mixed disorder – teens who experience both anxiety and depression and exhibit symptoms of both anxiety and depression.

4. Misconduct induced adjustment disorder – teens who exhibit inappropriate behavior, such as, reckless driving, damage to property, or fighting without provocation.

5. Emotions & conduct mixed disorder – teens may display depression, anxiety, and bad conduct.

6. Unexplained adjustment disorders – these disorders are unexplained where the teen exhibits complex symptoms that may include – physical symptoms, emotional issues with friends, difficulties with relatives, and problems at school.

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Teens with an adjustment disorder may display certain symptoms and signs during or after the occurrence of the stressful event. The disorder normally subsides within six months of the stressful occurrence. However, if the teen continues to experience tormenting stress as a result of the initial occurrence, there could be long-term effects.

Psychological symptoms – These symptoms include impulsive and defiant traits, as well as a highly anxious demeanor. The teen may be constantly sad, desperate looking, and often cries. Teens with this disorder are withdrawn, unfocused, with low self-esteem.

Physical symptoms-Teens with this disorder are insomniacs, always feeling tired with body pain/aches. They may experience muscle twitching, as well as digestive issues.

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Teen adjustment disorder may be triggered by the stress associated with the death of a close family member or a friend; the souring of an intimate relationship or a divorce; radical life-changes, such as a big move; financial problems; family unrest and disharmony; school bullying; and stress associated with sexual anxiety and hormonal changes.

Diagnosis of teen adjustment disorder

When going for the diagnosis of your teen’s disorder, you must watch for the behavioral symptoms within three months of stressful incidence happening. You must note down the behavior pattern of each month after the incidence that caused the disorder. Share all those findings with the psychoanalyst to help him treat your ward.

Diagnosis & Treatment of Teen Adjustment Disorder

Careful observation of behavioral patterns after or during a stressful occurrence is of outmost importance in order to accurately diagnose and treat this disorder. Once diagnosed, treatment could be short-term or long-term depending on the intensity of the teen’s disorder. Common treatment methods include:

Therapy: Therapy is the main solution for treating teen’s adjustment order. Therapists offer complete emotional and psychological support. It is important that the family is involved in the therapy sessions in order to understand the teen’s psyche and to provide effective future care and support. Therapies generally include a range of – psychotherapy, trauma psychological therapy, group & family therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and interpersonal therapy (IPT).

Medication: In certain cases, where symptoms of this disorder are severe, interfering with the benefits of therapy or not allowing effective therapy to take place (such as, severe symptoms of insomnia, depression, or anxiety), medication will be recommended and prescribed to balance the treatment.

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Although one can’t control the effects of a stressful occurrence on the teenage mind and body, there are ways for parents/family to manage the effects and temper its reactions, building internal resilience. With a good support network, healthy and balanced diet / exercise regime, and positive / humorous attitudes, this disorder can be prevented and/or limited in its severity.

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Beachside Treatment Center is a private residential rehabilitation facility located in a peaceful natural setting with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. It is well equipped to deal with teen adjustment disorder by providing individualized therapeutic treatment programs, guided by dedicated professional therapists and medical staff. The road to recovery is a reality at Beachside Treatment Center. We are here to support you and your loved one every step of the way.

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