We all have to adjust to changes in circumstances throughout our lives. Moving house, a new job, new relationship or financial changes all require us to adjust to the new situation we find ourselves in. Adjustment refers to the psychological way we manage or cope with the demands and challenges that affect us everyday. It is important that we can change and adapt to different situations because life is full of ups and downs and never stays the same.

Sometimes life changes may cause additional stress. Unexpected or unpleasant events, such as the death of a loved one, work problems or a serious illness can be extremely stressful and it often takes weeks or months to adjust and accept the changes in your life. However, if you have been feeling anxious or depressed for a long time after an event or you feel that your anxiety has been severe and you are worried about your mood and wellbeing then you might have an adjustment disorder.

Adjustment disorders are stress-related conditions that may cause problems for you in your relationships, work and family. If you think you may have an adjustment disorder, we can offer you support and treatment that will reduce your stress. We can provide you with the knowledge you need to move on in your life and reduce the stress you are feeling. At E&A psychologists we are experienced at working with people who have stress-related disorders, anxiety and depression, and we can help you to regain control of your emotions. Contact us today or complete our online booking form to make an appointment and speak to a psychologist who will help you make those positive changes in your life.

Some of the signs and symptoms that you may experience if you have an adjustment disorder are:

  • Depressed mood
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability or agitation
  • Crying, feeling hopeless
  • Isolating yourself
  • Acting impulsively or recklessly
  • Palpitations, shaking
  • Nausea, constipation or diarrhoea
  • Headaches, muscle aches
  • Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep 

The trigger for an adjustment disorder could be any life event that is distressing and can be as a result of one single event (for example, a divorce, an accident or a new job) or a build up of multiple events (for example, marriage problems or business difficulties). You might have an adjustment disorder if you are having difficulty coping and your reaction to the life event is stronger than what is normally expected, or if it lasts for longer than 3 months after the stressful event. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above or if your symptoms are impacting on your work, family or social functioning, contact us on (07) 5479 3538 (Maroochydore) or (07) 5438 9177 (Caloundra) to make an appointment to speak to a psychologist who can help you to reduce these distressing emotions and regain control of your life.

It is important to get professional help if you think you, or someone close to you is suffering from adjustment disorder. If left untreated it can sometimes lead to more severe mental health conditions, such as major depressive disorder or generalised anxiety disorder. Sometimes people who have adjustment disorder might use alcohol or drugs to deal with the distressing emotions, or feel like harming themselves. If you are feeling this way, it is important to speak to someone who can help you to manage your emotions and start to work towards recovery.

With the right help and support, you can make a full recovery from adjustment disorder. Talking with a psychologist can help you to recognise your negative thoughts and feelings and change those thoughts into more positive and helpful ones. Adjustment disorder does not usually last for longer than 6 months, unless the stressful event is still present. Call us on (07) 5479 3538 (Maroochydore) (07) 5438 9177 (Caloundra) or use our online booking form to make an appointment with a psychologist who can help you get back to feeling like yourself again.


At E&A, we are a group of compassionate psychologists who genuinely want to help you create change. Our two convenient locations are central Maroochydore and the Caloundra health precinct. Our aim is to see you find your best life, great relationships and goals that excite you. 

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Suite 1, 6 Wharf St, Maroochydore, 4558 (ground level of The Duporth Riverside Resort) and 13 Mayes Ave, Caloundra, QLD, 4551

Tel: Maroochydore: 07 5479 3538 Caloundra: 07 5438 9177
Fax: Maroochydore: 07 5636 0967 Caloundra: 07 5636 0984