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How is adjustment disorder in veterans treated?

Since the cause of adjustment disorder is a specific life change or stress, treatment focuses on relieving symptoms. You can’t undo the life change, but you can get help in returning to your normal level of functionality. Treatment can also prevent the disorder from developing into major depression. The primary treatment option is therapy or counseling. This can take the form of one-on-one sessions with a psychotherapist, family counseling, or group therapy. Or, you can participate in a support group with other veterans or civilians who have been coping with the same stressor. Members of the support group can provide encouragement and strategies for dealing with loss or change. A support group can also give you new social attachments, to replace those you may have lost through death or divorce. If medication is prescribed, it is usually short-term and in combination with therapy. Adjustment disorders are resolved  over time and with treatment, and rarely last longer than six months.

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