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Does adjustment disorder need treatment, or will it go away on its own?

If you are experiencing adjustment disorder after a stressful life event, you may wish to seek treatment to get the condition under control. If a loved one seems to have adjustment disorder, and refuses to get treatment, be assured that the disorder is not permanent and will go away over time. An adjustment disorder usually lasts no longer than three to six months, even without treatment. However, if there is chronic stress, from an illness, a difficult relationship, or financial problems, the condition may persist. In that event, treatment is recommended to relieve symptoms and speed up the return to a normal level of functionality. Treatments can include behavior therapy, self-help groups, and individual and family counseling. In some situations, your doctor may prescribe medication to ease the depression or the anxiety associated with adjustment disorder.

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