Specific treatment for adjustment disorders will be decided by your child / teen’s doctor based on:
- Your child's age, overall health and medical history
- Extent of your child / teen’s symptoms
- Type of the adjustment disorder
- Your child / teen’s tolerance for specific medicines, procedures or therapies
- Expectations for the course of the stressful event
Treatment May Include
Individual Psychotherapy Using Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches
Cognitive-behavioral approaches are used to improve age-appropriate problem solving skills, communication skills, impulse control, anger management skills, and stress management skills.
Family therapy is often focused on making needed changes within the family system such as improving communication skills and family interactions, as well as increasing family support among family members.
Peer Group Therapy
Peer group therapy is often focused on developing and using social skills.
While medicines have very limited value in the treatment of adjustment disorders, medicine may be considered on a short-term basis if it is known to help with a specific severe symptom.
Prevention of Adjustment Disorders
How to prevent adjustment disorders in children is not known at this time. However, early testing and intervention can reduce the intensity of symptoms, enhance the teen’s normal growth and development, and improve the quality of life experienced by teens with adjustment disorders.