Adjustment disorder in veterans does not typically require medication for treatment. A therapist might, on occasion, recommend a short course of anti-anxiety medication to help with anxiety or insomnia. However, an adjustment disorder is, by definition, a short-term response to a specific life stress. In the majority of cases, all that is required for treatment is supportive psychotherapy. Supportive psychotherapy focuses on communication with the patient to identify the source of stress, and determine ways to build up the patient’s defenses and confidence. Adjustment disorder usually goes away after six months at the most, whether or not it is treated.
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Can medication help with my adjustment disorder?
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What should be included in my mental health crisis plan?
John Preston, PsyD, Psychology, answeredYour mental health crisis plan may include preparing the following:
- A list of your support network, including their roles in your life and their contact information.
- A list of all medications you're taking and why you're taking them, and a list of your healthcare providers and pharmacy.
- A list of symptoms that may indicate the need to have others take over your care.
- A list of instructions for your support network should you become unable to take care of yourself. Include information for practical things such as paying your bills and making financial decisions. Your partner, if you have one, may be best suited for this role, because you might have joint accounts that make it easy for him or her to support you in this area.
- A list of people who are available to drive you to appointments or the hospital if required.
- Directions for care of your children and pets in case you become unable to take care of them yourself.
- Directions for notifying your employer and loved ones in the case of your hospitalization.
- Your insurance information.
- An advance medical directive and a legal power of attorney, if you choose, created in consultation with your doctor and legal counsel, for implementation if you become unable to care for yourself.
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Why do some people not get help for mental disorders?
A large proportion of people with mental disorders around the world fail to receive appropriate help in spite of developments in new treatments for mental illnesses (psychological, social as well as medicinal), and as a consequence suffer in silence.
In the developed countries this may be due to the stigma attached to mental illness leading to reluctance to ask for help for any kind of mental health problem. Another important reason could be primary care health services providing inadequate training and poor skills for detecting and treating people with mental health problems.
Research studies have highlighted the lack of time and training available to general practitioners and primary care workers for assessing the mental health of their patients.
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