Anxiety & Depression
Stress, burn-out: Permanent pressure induces fear
Stress triggers in the body the same reactions as anxiety. Prolonged stress, in turn, generates fears, especially if it is associated with negative feelings and pressure. Durable and high load requirements with no phases of relaxation lead to exaggerated fear responses. These show up in a constantly existing anxious tenseness or discharge into panic attacks.
Depression: Often closely associated with anxiety
Panic disorders or generalized anxiety disorders go very often with associated depression especially when it becomes chronic. It is often a mixed anxiety disorder. Conversely, depressive disorders are often the cause of anxiety.
Depression shows up in different forms and manifestations. The triggers are varied and not always clearly demarcated. Most often several factors are playing a role: Heredity, stress, significant physical and emotional stress, loss experience, aging or physical illnesses favor the development of depression. A major depressive episode may sometimes also be set for no apparent reason.
Posttraumatic stress disorder:
The fear remains
Particularly stressful experiences can drag an anxiety disorder by itself, which manifests in nightmares, constant restlessness and tension, insomnia, irritability and sensitive feelings. The fears show up more often in hidden or unclear physical ailments. Anything that could evoke the memory of the traumatic event is avoided or suppressed. Posttraumatic stress disorders are often accompanied by depression and addictions.
Psychotherapy provides a safe environment where triggers, causes and functions of anxiety / depression are explored. Acceptance and understanding are important steps for the healing process as well as the emotional, unconscious, often symbolic or physical processing and implementation of knowledge.
Having completed advanced training in Psychotrauma I provide special procedures such as PITT (Psychotherapeutic Imaginative Traumatherapy) or EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: www.emdr.org)
Additionally to psychotherapy I always recommend visiting a specialist in psychiatry for appropriate medical support.