Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Sierra Tucson to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Sierra Tucson.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Signs & Symptoms of Adjustment Disorder

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Sierra Tucson offers effective, comprehensive treatment for individuals struggling with addiction and mental health concerns. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of adjustment disorder.

Understanding Adjustment Disorder

Learn about adjustment disorder

Significant changes in life can include, but are not limited to, migrating to another country, losing one’s possessions due to a natural calamity, death of a loved one, job changes, and family changes. When such upheavals occur, they might impact a person’s life and overall disposition to the degree that the individual develops adjustment disorder.

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, adjustment disorder is a common form of mental illness that occurs within three months after an individual suffers an uncomfortable or stressful event.

The symptoms of adjustment disorder create a significant and marked distress that is neither personally nor culturally normal. This could also lead to dysfunction in social, work, or family life. Thankfully, these symptoms often disappear or become less significant within six months, especially if the individual is not exposed to on-going stressors.

While battling adjustment disorder, the individual might feel very uncomfortable, depressed, or anxious. The individual might also display odd or unhealthy behaviors, or act in ways that are not helpful to his or her family or work life. There are treatments that are available for relief and most individuals with the condition find quality recovery with support and care.


Adjustment disorder statistics

Adjustment disorder is one of the most frequently diagnosed mental health conditions impacting all age groups. This condition also accounts for nearly 20% of all outpatient mental health support visits and 50% of inpatient settings.

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for adjustment disorder

Adjustment disorder starts when an individual experiences a stressful event or chronic/repeated trauma, thereby increasing the risk of developing this condition. The individual might respond with behaviors or emotions that lead to discomfort or difficulty in everyday life. Outside of this, below are some other risk factors that increase one’s likelihood of getting diagnosed with adjustment disorder.

Risk Factors:

A handful of experiences paired with numerous stressors might lead to the onset of adjustment disorder. While there is no limit on the types of situations that might cause adjustment disorder, some of the events that can occur and lead to this disorder can include:

  • Community violence or crime
  • Natural disasters such as a fire, storm, or flood
  • Diagnosis of a serious or chronic illness
  • Retirement or any major life changes
  • Becoming a new parent, or losing a child
  • Business losses or difficulties
  • Problems with school or work
  • Drastic shifts in living or occupational goals
  • Conflict in marriage or any relationships
  • End of a romantic relationship
Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of adjustment disorder

The effects of adjustment disorder vary from individual to individual. The kind of event that led to the symptoms of the disorder to develop, the individual’s overall personality, and his or her lifestyle, can all affect the type and severity of symptoms that arise as a result of adjustment disorder. Some of the various symptoms of adjustment disorder can include:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Refusal to participate in previously enjoyable activities
  • Neglect of daily responsibilities
  • Crying or tearfulness
  • Isolating oneself from friends or family
  • Skipping work, school, or other important events
  • Suicide attempts
  • Aggression or uncharacteristic irritability
  • Decline in work or school performance

Physical symptoms:

  • Body tension or inability to relax
  • Body pains such as headaches and stomachaches
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Chest pains or pounding heartbeat

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Lapses in sound judgment
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Difficulty in retaining information or recalling memories
  • Forgetfulness or losing items
  • Lack of concentration when completing tasks
  • Inability to make quick, good decisions

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Feeling hopeless or restless
  • Excessive feelings of dread, worry, or concern
  • Sudden mood changes
  • Nervousness or jumpiness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Unstable emotions

Effects of adjustment disorder

Typically, the symptoms of adjustment disorder will not continue for longer than six months. However, there are situations that might make this condition continue on for longer than six months because of the presence of continued trauma or stress. In many instances, the symptoms can be highly uncomfortable and can lead to a series of unfortunate outcomes. Without the correct attention and care, adjustment disorder could lead to the following:

  • Job termination
  • Financial difficulties
  • Unpredictable mood swings
  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
  • Onset of other mental health disorders
  • Difficulties within or lost interpersonal relationships
  • Substance use or abuse
  • Lower performance at work or school
  • Lowered social contact

In this instance, seeking professional care in order to determine if additional treatment is required will help an individual recover from this mental health condition.

Co-Occurring Disorders

Adjustment disorder and co-occurring disorders

Adjustment disorder might occur simultaneously with other mental health concerns. The American Psychiatric Association listed some of the possible co-occurring disorders, such as:

  • Depressive disorders
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Specific phobias
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Panic disorder

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