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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Defining Adjustment Disorder

Do you ever feel like you're playing a big old game of Whack-a-Mole?  You know. . .you hit one thing on the head and immediately another pops up?  Yeah, that's pretty much our life at the moment.  Especially concerning our precious 13 year old son.

After a mostly successful abdominal surgery a few weeks ago, our son has developed something called "Adjustment Disorder."  I almost thought his therapist was joking at first.  Or at least I hoped that she was joking.

Unfortunately, she wasn't.

Adjustment Disorder is divided into six categories.  Wikipedia describes them this way:

There are six types of adjustment disorders, which are characterized by the following predominant symptoms: depressed mood, anxiety, mixed depression and anxiety, disturbance of conduct, mixed disturbance of emotions and conduct, and unspecified.

Our boy is in the "mixed disturbance of emotions and conduct" category.  It seems adjusting to the surgery and daily routine of his Cecostomy is a little overwhelming for him.

All versions of Adjustment Disorders can be 'acute,' meaning it's a short term thing, or 'chronic,' meaning that it continues long term.  As of now, we have no idea which one we're dealing with, nor how to go about helping our son navigate this new set of issues.  Hopefully, though, we'll have a better picture of what this looks like over the next couple of days.

So, Mother's Day isn't going to be quite what I expected this year. One of my babies is struggling. 

And that means, so am I.

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