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How can family members support a veteran with adjustment disorder?

Family members can support a veteran with adjustment disorder by being nonjudgmental, sympathetic and understanding. Adjustment disorder is the result of a life change or stress that overwhelms the veteran’s ability to cope. You may not respond to change or stress in the same way, or to the same degree. Avoid suggesting that the veteran is weak or overreacting because their response to stress is different from yours. Understand that the condition is usually short-lived, and that therapy can ease the symptoms and speed recovery. Encourage your veteran to seek professional mental health support when adjustment disorder is interfering with their ability to function. Consider family therapy as a means to reduce tension and create a supportive home environment for the veteran.

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