Generalized Anxiety Disorder

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Psychotherapy in Berlin - Specialization: Fears and Anxiety Disorders

Generalized Anxiety Disorder


Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a disorder in which the sufferers feel in a constant state of high anxiety and is often known as chronic worrying or a free-floating anxiety condition. Racing thoughts, loss of concentration, and an inability to focus are also characteristic of a generalized anxiety disorder.

Everyone suffers from worry from time to time, but the thing that makes a generalized anxiety disorder different from common worries is that the worry lasts for over 6 months, and the level of worry is out of proportion to the risk. People with the disorder experience exaggerated worry and tension, often expecting the worst, even when there is no apparent reason for concern. They anticipate disaster and are overly concerned about health, money, family, work, or other issues.

Generalized anxiety disorder is a particularly difficult disorder to live with as it is constantly on the mind of a sufferer. There is no respite as the anxiety is not tied to a specific situation or event. It can cause problems with sleep, ability to maintain a job as well as impact close relationships.

Sometimes just the thought of getting through the day produces anxiety. Sufferers don’t know how to stop the worry cycle and feel it is beyond their control, even though they usually realize that their anxiety is more intense than the situation warrants.

When the anxiety level is mild, people with a generalized anxiety disorder can function socially and be gainfully employed. Although they may avoid some situations because they have the disorder, some people can have difficulty carrying out the simplest daily activities when their anxiety is severe.

Generalized anxiety disorder interferes with daily life. Other minor issues such as chores or appointments can also cause anxiety and for some, just getting through the day can be extremely stressful. Constant worry is debilitating and exhausting.






Lifetime comorbidity for GAD is very high. The strongest comorbidities are with affective disorders (mania, major depression, dysthymia). Generalized anxiety disorder is also frequently seen in primary health care, and especially in patients with medically unexplained somatic complaints such as chest pain and irritable bowel symptoms. As such, it is also associated with somatization disorder and chronic fatigue syndrome.






If you think you have an anxiety disorder, the first person you should see is a medical doctor. A physician can determine whether the symptoms that alarm you are due to an anxiety disorder, another medical condition, or both.

Generalized anxiety disorder is treatable, and the vast majority of people can be helped with professional care. Although treatment is individualized, several approaches have proved effective. With the aid of hypnotherapy clients can make the changes which will allow them to live with less anxiety for years to come. Stress management techniques and self-hypnosis can help people with a generalized anxiety disorder calm themselves and may enhance the effects of therapy. Psychotherapy involves working out underlying life stresses and concerns and making behavior changes. As a short-term treatment, hypnotherapy with Hypnobalancing focuses on specific skills to identify negative thoughts and behaviors and replace them with positive ones. Even if an undesirable situation doesn’t change, it can reduce stress and the client gain more control over his life by changing the way they respond.





Causes Of A Generalized Anxiety Disorder


As with many mental health conditions, what causes generalized anxiety disorder isn’t fully understood. It’s likely that the condition has several causes.




Risk factors


Risk factors that may increase the risk of developing generalized anxiety disorder include:

  • Intoxication and substance abuse
    Drug or alcohol abuse can worsen generalized anxiety disorder.
    Caffeine and nicotine also may increase anxiety.
  • Gender; being female.
    More than twice as many women as men are diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder.
  • Trauma
    Adults and especially children who endured abuse or trauma, including witnessing traumatic events, are at higher risk of developing a generalized anxiety disorder at some point in life.
  • Illness
    Having a chronic health condition or serious illness, such as cancer, can lead to constant worry about the future, your treatment, and your finances.
  • Stress
    A big event or a number of smaller stressful life situations may trigger excessive anxiety.
  • Personality
    People with some personality types are more prone to anxiety disorders than are others.
    Some personality disorders, such as borderline personality disorder, also may be linked to generalized anxiety disorder.
  • Genetics
    A generalized anxiety disorder may run in families.
  • Brain chemistry
    It may involve naturally occurring brain chemicals (neurotransmitters), such as serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine.





Symptoms of a Generalized Anxiety Disorder


Generalized anxiety disorder symptoms can vary. Generalized anxiety disorder can affect people both physically and mentally. How severe the symptoms vary from person to person. Some people have only one or two symptoms, while others have more symptoms.

Psychological symptoms of a generalized anxiety disorder:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder can cause a change in your behavior and the way you think and feel about things, resulting in symptoms such as:
  • Constant worrying or obsession about small or large concerns
  • Restlessness
  • A sense of dread
  • Feeling constantly on edge
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability


Physical symptoms of a generalized anxiety disorder:

  • A noticeably strong, fast or irregular heartbeat (palpitations)
  • Dizziness
  • Trouble sleeping
    Difficulty falling or staying asleep (insomnia)
  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches and tension
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Excessive sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Stomach ache
  • Feeling sick


NOACK Praxis für Angsttherapie Berlin
Specialized treatment for anxiety disorders with hypnotherapy
Budapester Straße 39
10787 Berlin
Tel. 030 – 864 213 69

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I am specialized to help people with fears and anxiety disorders.


These pages are intended to provide information to those interested in psychotherapy and hypnotherapy. They are neither intended to replace psychotherapy nor a personal consultation, examination or diagnosis by a licensed physician.

I am not a medical doctor. There are no medical diagnoses, no promises of cures or medication. Any necessary medical or psychiatric treatment should never be replaced by hypnotherapeutic work.

If you have questions about psychotherapy with hypnosis, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am happy to inform you.



Self-hypnosis has helped many patients with stress. Many sufferers usually report very quickly a noticeable improvement. Pondering, fears, mental and physical tension can be additionally reduced by self-hypnosis. Therefore, I teach my patients self-hypnosis to supplement the hypnosis sessions.

After positive trance experiences have been made with my support, self-hypnosis can be learned very quickly. This helps them to progress self-determined outside the therapy. It accelerates the process, deepens and consolidates the achievements. This also promotes the independence of the clients. A good therapist will be superfluous as soon as possible. Self-hypnosis is an excellent self-help method that can be used beyond the actual topic.

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