Treatments for Adjustment Disorders in Children

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At Boston Children’s Hospital Outpatient Psychiatry Service, specific treatment for adjustment disorders will be determined by your child’s mental health professional based on:

  • your child's age, overall health, and medical history
  • extent of your child's symptoms
  • subtype of the adjustment disorder
  • your child's tolerance for specific medications or therapies
  • expectations for the course of the stressful event
  • your opinion or preference

Treatment may include:

  • individual psychotherapy using cognitive-behavioral approaches – A psychologist or licensed clinical social worker may use cognitive-behavioral therapy to improve age-appropriate problem solving skills, communication skills, impulse control, anger management skills, and stress management skills.
  • family therapy - Family therapy is often focused on making needed changes within the family system such as improving communication skills and family interactions, as well as increasing family support among family members.
  • peer group therapy - Peer group therapy, usually facilitated by a licensed clinical social worker, is often focused on developing and using social skills and interpersonal skills. Each member of the group will work with the group facilitator to identify an achievable goal to work on within the group.
  • medication - While medications have very limited value in the treatment of adjustment disorders, your child’s psychiatrist may recommend medication on a short term basis if a specific symptom is severe and known to be responsive to medication.
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