Child Adjustment Disorder


Moving to a new home, starting a new school or the birth of a brother or sister can bring uncertainty and nervousness to a child. A divorce or death in the family is bound to cause sadness. As time passes, most children adapt to the life changes these events bring. Some children, though, have trouble letting go of the sorrow, anger or fear from upheaval in their lives. This can lead to a condition called adjustment disorder.

Your child may be suffering from adjustment disorder if you notice the following behaviors that last for more than six months after a major change in his or her life:

  • Picking fights
  • Refusing to go to school
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Crying spells
  • Avoiding friends and family

If your child is having difficulty adjusting to a recent event, Mercy’s team can help. Our pediatricians work with specialists in behavioral health for children and teenagers to offer assessments, counseling & treatment. We are here to make sure your child doesn’t remain trapped in anger and fear, and can learn to enjoy life again.

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