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Adjustment Disorder Specialist

Dr. Charles Mac Kentnor -  - Psychologist

Dr. Charles Mac Kentnor

Psychologist located in Denver, CO

Stressful life events can affect some people more than others. Dr. Kentnor can help Denver, Colorado area residents dealing with adjustment disorder find the relief they need and get back to feeling like themselves.

Adjustment Disorder Q & A

What is adjustment disorder?

Stress affects people in different ways, and some people have more trouble dealing with it than others. When a person goes through a particularly hard time and has difficulty coping, it is medically known as an adjustment disorder. This condition can cause sadness, hopelessness, stress, and physical symptoms like insomnia. These symptoms develop because the person is having an especially hard time coping. His or her reaction is stronger than expected.


What causes adjustment disorder?

Many different events can prompt symptoms. Stressors at any age can include:

  • General life changes
  • Death of a loved one
  • Worries about money
  • Unexpected catastrophes
  • Divorce or issues with relationships
  • Moving to a different home or a different area
  • Illness or other health problem in yourself or a loved one


Triggers of symptoms in adolescents and young adults can include:

  • School issues
  • Sexuality problems
  • Family issues or conflict

 There is no way to tell which individuals will develop the disorder. Social skills prior to the event and how the person has learned to cope with stress can play roles.

 What are the symptoms?

Symptoms are usually severe enough to affect social life and/or work and can include:

  • Trembling or twitching
  • Acting nervous or tense
  • Acting defiant or displaying impulsive behavior
  • Skipped heartbeats and additional physical problems
  • Crying, feeling depressed or hopeless, and possibly withdrawing from other people


With adjustment disorder, the following will be experienced:

  • Other disorders are not suspected
  • The symptoms are more serious than expected
  • A clear stressor occurred just before symptoms, typically within three months
  • The symptoms cannot be considered normal grieving for the death of a loved one

In some cases, symptoms can be very severe, and thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts can occur.


How do I treat those with adjustment disorder?

The main goal will be to alleviate symptoms and help my client get back to feeling like they did before the stressful event occurred. I take the integrative approach to therapy. I understands that each person is unique and so I will actively seek feedback from my clients. I will also collaborate with clients to create personalized solutions which fit their individual, specific therapeutic needs. With the right help and support, my clients can get better quickly.