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Journey with Your Child through Adjustment and Transitional Issues


Journey with Your Child through Adjustment and Transitional Issues


People go through a range of transitions from childhood to adulthood. For children, these may involve adjustments to changes in family, relationships, school, and other activities. While childhood is usually a period of joy and pleasure, traumatic and stressful events can change a child’s world in a fundamental way.

The negative impact of some events fades on its own, making it possible for some children to weather the early challenges that life throws at them. Other events may make adjusting very difficult for a child: the birth of a sibling, relocation to a new home, the death of a loved one, parents’ divorce or separation, domestic violence, or school concerns. These events may leave children with symptoms of adjustment disorder, such as negative feelings or behavioral change.


Challenges in the Eyes of a Child

An unhealthy response to a tense or emotionally distressing life event is called an adjustment disorder. It can occur at any stage of life, but it is more common in children. They experience more difficulty adjusting to transitions that demand strong emotions because of a myriad of factors, such as immaturity, inborn temperament, and having to handle several changes all at once.

The fact that adjustment disorder is related to stressful life events makes many people think that it is not a serious emotional health condition. In truth, adjustment disorder can negatively affect every facet of a young child’s life. When ignored, it may overwhelm children so they feel hopeless and chronically frazzled.


Symptoms of Adjustment and Transitional Issues

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), a basic reference used by emotional health professionals, states that “the accompanying symptoms of an adjustment disorder manifest within three months of the identifiable stressor.” They are considered acute if they are experienced for less than six months and chronic if they last longer. It is important to note that the symptoms vary between children, being influenced by physical and environmental factors.


If there has been a recent change in your child’s life, you may have some questions about his or her behavior:

  • Is your child’s academic performance declining?
  • Does your child appear depressed, as manifested in sadness or uncontrollable bouts of crying?
  • Is your child jittery and always nervous?
  • Does your child exhibit disturbing conduct like aggressive outbursts or reckless behavior with little remorse or concern for others?
  • Does your child experience significant impairment in relationships in multiple settings?
  • Do you consider your child’s distress to be an unexpected response to a specific stressor?


Prospects of Recovery

Early detection and treatment of adjustment disorder symptoms can greatly improve the affected child’s quality of life. Most recoveries are rapid and complete, enabling patients to regain their former level of functioning, especially when there are no other complicating conditions. However, early treatment is critical to prevent the symptoms from becoming severe. It is important that evaluation takes place immediately after the symptoms have been noted. Therapy is often regarded as the most beneficial and preferred treatment option for adjustment disorder.

A vital component of therapy for this condition is helping the child identify and understand their reactions to a stressor. Without treatment, a child diagnosed with adjustment disorder has a higher risk of engaging in self-harming activities, substance abuse, and various psychosomatic complaints. These potential risks may serve as impetus to seek immediate help from a professional.


Journeying with Your Child toward Recovery

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), there is no way to predict who will develop an adjustment disorder, nor can we prevent all distressing life events. What can be done instead is to offer support and guidance to children with adjustment and transitional issues. If your child is struggling to adjust to a life transition, consider the expertise offered by the professionals at Carolina Counseling Services – Fuquay-Varina, NC.

Your child can greatly benefit from matching with one of our independently contracted counselors specializing in adjustment disorder. You and your child will be welcomed into a warm and inviting environment that fosters communication and connection. The independently contracted counselor at
CCS – Fuquay-Varina, NC, can help your child on the journey to conquering fear, anxiety, helplessness, and hopelessness and readjust to enjoy life again. Call now to request an appointment.


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Serving Areas: Carolina Counseling Services – Fuquay-Varina, NC

Counties: Wake County NC

Cities: Fuquay-Varina NC, Holly Springs NC, Angier NC, Duncan NC, Chalybeate Springs NC, Feltonville NC, Garner NC, Kennebec NC, Willow Springs NC, Cokesbury NC, Holland NC, Wilbon NC, Apex NC

Zip Codes: 27501, 27502, 27523, 27526, 27529, 27539, 27540, 27592

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Carolina Counseling Services - Fuquay-Varina, NC
602 E. Academy St. Ste. 103
Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526

(910) 624-6973

602 E. Academy St. Suite 102

Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526

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  • Referrals: MOST beneficiaries do NOT need a Referral!

View the independently contracted, Caring, Licensed Therapists. Who is the Best Fit for you?

  • Kimberly Tran, PhD, HSP-P

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Individuals, Couples, anxiety, PTSD, trauma (adults who have experienced childhood physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse, Wounded Warrior) grief and loss, relationship issues, addiction, recovery, co-occuring substance abuse, couple/marital concerns, personality disorders, mood disorders.
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare (to include Tricare Prime), Medicare and cash
    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC

  • Laura Coyle, PhD, HSP-P

    Specializes in: (Ages 3+) Children, Adolescents, Couples, Individuals, Family, anxiety, persistent sadness and depression, mood swings, responses to trauma, grief, behavioral concerns, autism spectrum disorders, attention difficulties, excessive procrastination, challenges related to physical health concerns, relational conflicts, problematic alcohol or drug use, problematic eating patterns, communication difficulties, Affirmative and Multiculturally Competent Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare (to include Tricare Prime) Medicare and cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC

  • Teshia Utley-McKoy, MS, LPC

    Specializes in: (Ages 4+) Children, Adolescents, Individuals, Marriage and Couples counseling, Anxiety issues, Parent-child relational issues, Spirituality, Behavior Management, ADHD, ODD, PTSD Trauma, Self-Esteem, Depression, Grief and Loss, Adjustment and Transitional Issues, Coping Skills, Christian counseling.
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare (to include Tricare Prime), HSA/FSA and cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC

  • Rachel Macko, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Adults, Individuals, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, OCD, Depression, Mood Disorders, PTSD, Trauma, Acute Stress Disorder, Chronic Pain/Health Concerns, Grief and Loss, Adjustment/Transitional Issues, Coping issues, Sleep Issues, Communication issues. Mindfulness Training and EMDR are available.
    Insurance: BCBS, Medicare, Tricare Prime/Select, Cash, HSA and FSA accepted

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC
  • Sherry Horowitz, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 10+) Children, Adolescents/Teens, Adults, Individuals, Couples, Families, Communication Skills, Mood Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, ADHD, Couples/Marriage Counseling, Grief and Loss, Parenting Issues, Panic Attacks, Issues Related to Military Families, Self-Esteem, Sleep Issues, Positive Behavior Modification, Eating Disorders, Anxiety or Fears, Depression, Self-esteem, Body Image Issues, Grief and loss, ADHD in girls and women
    Insurance: BCBS, Medicare, Tricare, HSA/FSA and cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC