We all face changes in our daily lives, such as going away to school, having problems at work, or being diagnosed with an illness, all of which can cause a significant amount of stress. In most circumstances, people are able to adjust to these changes after a short period of time. However, if you still continue to feel down or self-destructive after experiencing a dramatic change, then it may indicate the presence of adjustment disorder. Adjustment disorder is a type of stress-related mental health disorder that can leave an individual feeling anxious and depressed, and may even cause them to have thoughts of suicide. Those with adjustment disorder may tend to get overwhelmed and have trouble with daily routines. Essentially, individuals with adjustment disorder have an extremely difficult time adjusting to changes in their lives and it often brings about serious consequences.
Red River Hospital is a 74-bed psychiatric and addiction treatment center located in Wichita Falls, Texas. For over four decades, we have dedicated ourselves to improving the lives of those who entrust us with their care. Through individualized treatment plans, the caring and compassionate staff at Red River Hospital assist those who are in need of services for behavioral health concerns, substance abuse issues, and co-occurring disorders. Our hospital is separated into four distinct units, which allows us to successfully meet the needs of all age groups, including children, adolescents, adults, and senior adults. We are also proud to offer a specialized military heroes unit for our United States Service Members. At Red River, we recognize that trying to cope with adjustment disorder can greatly impact your life, but you do not have to tough it out on your own. Through the excellent care you will receive at Red River, you can learn to regain control of your emotions and have a brighter future.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you have a loved one who has been showing the symptoms of an adjustment disorder, you recognize how overwhelmed and distressed they must be. Adjustment disorder can make it difficult for your loved one to even get through the day. If you suspect that someone you love has an adjustment disorder, here are some signs to look out for:
- Lack of enjoyment
- Trouble sleeping
- Difficulty concentrating
- Crying spells
- Excessive worry
- Poor performance in school or at work
- Skipping school
- Vandalizing property
- Socially withdrawing from family and friends
If you recognize these signs in your loved one, it may be time for you to talk to him or her about seeking professional help to get through this difficult time. While you may feel helpless and at a loss for what you can do, there are a few things that can be helpful to your loved one. These include:
- Taking the time to learn about adjustment disorder and its treatments
- Be understanding
- Encourage him or her to speak openly about his or her feelings
- Do not judge, not everyone copes with stress in the same way
- Research treatment options
- Offer to go to doctor appointments
- Provide your support
Why Consider Treatment at Red River
When an individual has an adjustment disorder, it can affect how they feel and think about themselves. Additionally, adjustment disorder can affect their actions and behaviors. Sometimes this disorder will resolve on its own within a few months but, for some individuals, treatment is needed in order to stop symptoms from worsening. When the symptoms of adjustment disorder do not go away, it can affect all areas of an individual’s life, making it almost impossible to fulfill daily obligations. Without proper treatment, an individual with adjustment disorder is at an increased risk for developing long-term problems such as substance abuse, depression, and other psychiatric illnesses.
Inpatient treatment programs are known to be very successful at helping individuals overcome their adjustment disorder and get back to living a more productive lifestyle. By entering into an inpatient treatment program, people are able to step away from the stresses of their everyday lives, temporarily allowing them to step back from what is causing their symptoms and focus solely on healing. Through the use of different therapeutic approaches and the support of mental health professionals, as well as the support of other patients who are dealing with similar struggles, inpatient programs can help these people overcome their symptoms and develop the tools they need to move forward towards a better future.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
When you or a loved one is in crisis, or when life has simply spiraled out of control, the staff at Red River Hospital wants you to know that we are here to help. We strive to understand the point of view of others and actively express encouragement as individuals work towards achieving their goals. At Red River, we take responsibility for treating each and every person who comes through our doors with the respect and dignity that he or she deserves. By providing structured programming and implementing individualized treatment plans for each patient, we aim to show everyone how they can succeed. We surround patients with every facet of information that they need to get better.
Types of Treatment Offered at Red River
Upon arriving at Red River Hospital, you will be greeted by one of our intake specialists who will arrange for you to complete a comprehensive assessment and answer any questions that you may have. The intake assessment is conducted by a licensed professional and then reviewed by a team member or supervisor, in order to determine if we can fully provide for the patient’s specific needs. Once approved for admission, the physician is contacted and the admissions process begins. Our dedicated psychiatric staff and multidisciplinary treatment team work diligently to provide individualized treatment and family support to all who are served. When treating those who are struggling with adjustment disorder, we utilize a variety of therapeutic techniques, including the following:
Detoxification: When patients come to Red River and are struggling with chemical dependency concerns, we provide a 5-7 day stay in our detox unit. During detox, everyone receives 24-hour nurse monitoring as all toxic substances are removed from the body. To learn more about our detoxification process, please see the detox program page.
Medication management: In some instances, medication may help those who have been diagnosed with adjustment disorder because it can help manage any existing symptoms of depression or anxiety. All patients are seen daily by a psychiatrist in order to ensure the effectiveness of the medication and to make any changes that may be required.
Group therapy: Our inpatient treatment programs are group-focused and a number of different groups are held each day. Some of the major topics covered in group sessions may include effective communication skills, conflict resolution, anger management, appropriate assertive behavior skills, and medication management. On our progressive care unit, additional groups and activities are held in order to assist in reality orientation.
Family therapy: At Red River, we encourage family involvement as much as possible throughout the treatment process. We see each disorder as family disorder because these illnesses can have a negative impact on the lives of each patient’s family members. Additionally, we believe that without family involvement, the changes that are made during the treatment process will not be carried over into the home environment, placing the patient at risk of falling back into old patterns. On our child and adolescent unit, at least one family session is required prior to the patient’s discharge.
Individual therapy: Individual sessions occur on an as-needed basis for all units except our military unit where patients have a minimum of one individual therapy session each week.
Recreational therapy occurs at least once per day and includes activities like yoga and physical therapy.
Daily school is provided for all of our child and adolescent patients. There is an onsite school room and lessons are led by our public school district’s teachers.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Red River Hospital, discharge planning begins the moment that the patient enters the hospital. This plan is consistently reviewed and updated throughout the individual’s stay so that, when the time for discharge arrives, the patient is already set up for the next step in his or her recovery process. Prior to discharge, each patient is referred for outpatient medication management and therapy services. We encourage all patients to step-down into one of our outpatient programs, which includes a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and an intensive outpatient program (IOP). At Red River, our outpatient program, Pathways, provides onsite therapy, supervised medication management, and coping skills to those who are in need of a structured plan to return to life’s daily routines. Pathways offers support to those who are clearing the path to emotional wellness, and it is our goal to help patients start to rebuild their lives.