Adjustment disorder is a type of stress-related mental illness that occurs when an individual experiences a maladaptive or unhealthy response to a distressing life event. The presence of adjustment disorder can lead to significant impairment in the lives of those afflicted by it. This illness can negatively impact a person’s ability to function appropriately on a daily basis as he or she may feel overwhelmed by his or her symptoms and find it difficult to properly fulfill daily obligations and routines. While this illness can have greatly adverse effects on an individual’s life, with proper treatment, he or she can learn the coping skills needed to overcome his or her symptoms and move forward towards living a happy, healthy life, free from such distress.
Shaker Clinic is a premier provider of psychiatric care for adults and seniors who are in need of assistance while facing emotional, cognitive, and/or behavioral concerns. Located in Shaker Heights, an eastern suburb of Ohio, Shaker Clinic has been successfully providing outpatient and community-based services for the past 12 years. With a strong emphasis placed on cultural sensitivity, our caring and compassionate staff is multilingual, allowing us to meet the needs of a vast population. With the goal of helping our clients maintain independence, avoid hospitalization, find relief from their symptoms, and maximize their overall quality of life, the staff at Shaker Clinic currently serves over 1,000 clients and provides approximately 120 in-home visits each day. Although we can serve younger adult clients at the discretion of our medical director, the typical patient population treated at Shaker Clinic consists of senior adults, aged 65 and over. By providing comprehensive diagnoses, treatments, and follow-up care, we will help you or your loved one return to daily life with improved coping skills, conflict resolution skills, and a heightened sense of self-worth. At Shaker Clinic, you can rest assured that you are in good hands.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you have a family member or loved one who is suffering from adjustment disorder, you may be feeling heartbroken as you watch him or her deal with such overwhelming feelings of distress on a daily basis. While you want to help your loved one, you may feel unsure as to what you can do for him or her. The following are some tips to keep in mind that can assist you in being a solid source of support for your loved one:
- Learn about adjustment disorder and its symptoms; having an understanding of this illness can provide you with the empathy you need when dealing with your loved one
- Research various treatment options that may be of the most benefit to your loved one
- Encourage your loved one to talk about what he or she is feeling; do not pressure him or her to talk about things that may lead to further feelings of distress, but just let him or her know that you are there to listen
- Refrain from being judgmental; you may not understand why your loved one is reacting the way that he or she is, but remember that everyone reacts to stress in different ways
- Offer to go with your loved one to any appointments that are made while exploring treatment options
- Offer your unconditional, unwavering support throughout the entire therapeutic process; knowing that you are there will help promote a more successful recovery
Why Consider Treatment at Shaker Clinic
Suffering from adjustment disorder not only affects an individual’s ability to function appropriately each day, but it also negatively impacts how he or she feels about him or herself. Not being able to cope with the distress that these people feel can lead to decreased feelings of self-worth and a loss of self-control. However, by receiving appropriate therapeutic interventions, individuals with adjustment disorder can regain that sense of control and rebuild their sense of self-worth.
Outpatient treatment programs can be a beneficial source of support for individuals who are struggling with the symptoms of adjustment disorder. By participating in therapy in an outpatient setting, or in the comfort of one’s own home, sufferers of this illness can become educated about this disease, develop coping skills to manage their distress, and discover tools that can help them repair their ability to function appropriately on a daily basis.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Shaker Clinic, we are devoted to being an ever-improving care facility, consistently redefining the way that mental health care is delivered and received. Our mission is to set ourselves apart from our competitors by offering individualized, superior care that improves the quality of life for our patients, while also providing a reliable resource for the community. We will continue to be a leader in developing and maintaining distinct, effective mental health disease management through partnerships with physicians and other clinical professionals, as well as through the application of technology and, most importantly, through the extension of our services from our treatment center to the home. At Shaker Clinic, we are devoted to improving the lives of each and every person who entrusts us with his or her care.
Types of Treatment Offered at Shaker Clinic
The staff at Shaker Clinic strives to provide top-of-the-line, quality outpatient and in-home mental health services that are tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual that we treat. We recognize that each patient that we see has unique needs that must be explored and will be addressed throughout the development of one’s individualized service plan (ISP). The ISP is a written agreement between Shaker Clinic and the patient that describes, in detail, all of the services that will be provided. The implementation of the ISP allows for a collaborative process to occur between the patient and provider through the involvement of monitoring and evaluating goals, objectives, and interventions, while also showing the progress of treatment as issues are identified and treated. Additionally, the ISP assures continual communication between the patient and provider, while also encouraging each patient to take personal responsibility for obtaining his or her own treatment goals.
In order to provide the most comprehensive care available, Shaker Clinic offers the following services:
Mental health evaluation: In order to ensure that each and every need is addressed and met, a thorough clinical evaluation is provided for each patient in order to assess the individual’s needs, concerns, and present level of functioning. Based on the results of this evaluation, the appropriate services and treatment recommendations will be determined and presented to the patient. The recommendations will be based on the identification of the presenting problem, the evaluation of one’s mental status, and the formulation of a diagnostic impression.
Medication management: As part of our goal to guarantee the improved functioning of our patients, as well as to ensure the successful, consistent management and reduction of symptoms, we provide ongoing medication management to all patients who need it. This service provides psychiatric and medical interventions that are implemented in order to reduce, stabilize, and/or eliminate the symptoms that patients are plagued by as a result of their psychiatric struggles.
Behavioral health counseling and therapy: This component of treatment focuses on directly addressing the patient’s mental illness or emotional disturbance. These sessions primarily occur one-on-one between a patient and therapist, however, family members or guardians may be included when specified as part of the patient’s individualized service plan. These counseling services consist of a series of time-limited, structured sessions that work towards the attainment of mutually defined goals.
Community psychiatric supportive treatment (CPST): The intent of CPST is to provide specific, measurable, and individualized services to each patient. In order to do so, we focus specifically on our patients’ abilities to succeed in the community by assisting individuals in identifying and accessing needed services, guiding them as they show improvement in work functioning and family relationships, and aiding them as they integrate back into the community and become contributing members of society.
At Shaker Clinic, we take great strides to ensure that each and every patient is provided with thorough, intensive case management so as to guarantee that all needs are consistently and properly being met throughout the course of treatment. Our staff will work with you until your needs have been addressed, your concerns have subsided, your symptoms are managed, and your treatment goals have been met. We will collaborate with other agencies when your time with us is complete if a different type or level of care is needed. Additionally, we will make sure that, in cases where it is necessary, appropriate placement is set up following treatment completion (e.g. nursing home or group home placement). Whatever your continuing needs may be, the staff at Shaker Clinic will do everything in our power to make sure that you are comfortable with the next step in your journey.