Anxiety, panic attacks, fears, phobias, worries

It is not the things that disturb us, but our interpretation of their significance.

Fear creates worry. Worry makes one nervous and tense and hits the stomach nerves. As a result, the digestive juices change negatively, and this often leads to stomach ulcers.
(Dr. O.F. Gober, physician)

Anxiety belongs to the basic emotions or basic feelings and has accompanied people for a very long time. As an emotion, anxiety is very important and even necessary for survival. In the Stone Age, for example, an approaching danger-such as a large animal-triggered an alarm signal in the body. This helped people to either go into flight or fight mode, and thus save their lives. We call this alarm signal fear or anxiety.

Nowadays, anxiety is still very important because it warns us of danger and enables us to act quickly. Fear or anxiety is always accompanied by physical and, in some cases, psychological symptoms. Typical anxiety symptoms include, for example, racing heart, trembling, dry mouth, a feeling of tightness in the chest area, discomfort in the abdominal area, shortness of breath, sweating or cold shivers, dizziness, the fear of losing control of the situation and sometimes even the feeling of dying from fear. After the acute dangerous situation is over, the tension and the existing symptomatology and the body calm down.

Nowadays, anxiety, when it is particularly pronounced and becomes a problem in everyday life, is categorized as a mental illness. The International Classification of Diseases ICD 10 distinguishes between the following anxiety disorders: Agoraphobia, panic attack, specific phobias (e.g. fear of heights, fear of exams, spider phobia), social phobia and generalized anxiety disorder.

When anxiety or panic attacks make everyday life difficult or make some activities impossible, it is possible to have anxiety treated therapeutically. Since the triggers for the development of anxiety disorders are very diverse, it is important to look at each situation individually.

In my work with anxiety patients, I combine several therapeutic methods. Most often I work with trauma therapy, hypnosis, relaxation training as well as some elements from behavioral therapy and systemic therapy.