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ADHD

Adult Attention deficit-/hyperactivity disorder

ADHD can be divided into 3 subtypes:

  • predominantly inattentive presentation (ADD)
  • predominantly hyperactive-impulsive presentation (ADHD)
  • combined presentation (ADHD)

Adults can be affected as just as children and teenagers.

Selection of some symptoms:

  • being hyperactive “Fidgety Philip” or
    daydreaming “Johnny Look-In-The-Air”
  • not paying attention,
    easily distracted,
    concentration difficulties, except for favourite hobbies and topics (focus, flow)
  • very talented, still “bad at school”
    putting things off,
    not being able to start or finish tasks,
    disorganized,
    dyslexia
  • sleeping problems
    e.g. staying up late, “a thousand” thoughts, as soon as the light is turned off,
    hard getting up in the morning, having a tough time getting started
  • “… and what do we do now?” – constantly restless and “on the move”,
    everything needs to happen “right now”,
    spur-of-the-moment decisions (without thinking)

Heart & Mind

Psycho-cardiology

Clinically verified cardiovascular diseases like hypertension (high blood pressure), cardiac arrhythmia, angina pectoris, heart failure, heart attack and stress cardiomyopathy (Tako Tsubo, “Broken Heart Syndrome”) can be supported by psychotherapy.

In about 15 to 30% of the medical examined patients suffering from cardiac chest pain, no clinical causes can be found.
They are discharged as "heart-healthy" although they experience heart sensations.

Psychotherapy helps with heart problems, both when a clinically verified cardiovascular disease is present as well as when it has been excluded.

Those affected experience heart symptoms and heart diseases as an enormous limitation to their quality of life.
Their state of suffering also deteriorates the psychological well-being through

  • depressive mood,
  • anxiety,
  • emotional stress,
  • tightness in the chest and neck area,
  • chronic fatigue,
  • exhaustion

These psychosomatic symptoms can occur as early signs of consequential development of cardiac manifestation that in later stages become a clinically verified cardiovascular disease.


(Unconscious) behaviour (mainly personality type C and type D) may correlate with an increased prevalence of cardiovascular diseases:

  • over-adapted behavior, courteous
  • unassertive, indecisive, passive
  • very empathetic, highly sensitive
  • tends to inhibit the expression of emotions, especially anger, rage and sadness
  • dismissive behavior, pessimism
  • introverted, socially inhibited, reserved
  • needing harmony
  • being oriented towards others
  • tends to be more considerate of others than oneself
  • fear of rejection


The mental health of those affected is characterized by various emotional traits:

  • Feelings of worry
  • taking things to heart
  • masked depression (“smiling depression”)
  • self-doubt
  • feelings of unsubstantiated guilt
  • increased concern about one's own body
  • low self-esteem
  • feeling of hopelessness
  • grudge-holding
  • insecure
  • anxious


Physical symptoms that are related to stress, grieve and experiencing slights and offenses:

  • Palpitations (heart pounding)
  • Tachycardia (heart is beating too fast)
  • “heat” or “burning” sensations in the regions of heart or head,
  • chest pain sensations
  • muscle tension
  • shock (“scared to death”)
  • panic attacks
  • heartache (“heart-wrenching”, “broken-hearted”)
  • back pain
  • abdominal pain
  • Nausea

These persons react extremely sensitive to psychosocial conflicts and insults that push them into a (chronic) state of stress.
They often have difficulties or feel “unable” to describe their feelings. Emotional and physical sensations coexist; sometimes they can only be perceived vaguely.

Patients who suffer from medically unexplained physical symptoms currently remain without cardiological diagnosis or psychotherapeutic treatment.

The aim of the therapy is to improve your emotional self-awareness and to strengthen your self-confidence and self-determination. This way you can better recognize your feelings (that get heavy), but also rediscover them and put your feelings into words instead of collecting everything in an “inner powder keg”.

Speak out and lighten your heavy heart, tell me, what’s on your heart/mind!

Cancer & mind

Psycho-oncology

The diagnosis “cancer” hits persons affected unexpectedly and is existentially threatening. Regardless of age, type of cancer – skin cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer – and whether “curable or not”, it triggers a variety of feelings - fear, anger, depression or sadness.

This diagnosis suddenly confronts those affected with their own previously unimagined mortality. The fear of dying takes away their strength, often even before medical therapy has begun.
It is not easy to accept this situation, not knowing if you win this fight or how long you are going to survive. This threat evokes torment thoughts and the feeling of being torn apart inside. Despite efforts by relatives, those affected still feel lonely.
Don't lose control, you don't have to go through this alone, don't throw away chances of healing and the quality of your life.

Psychotherapeutic conversations help, to reduce the load.
The aim of the support is to maintain quality of life and will to live as well as possible and to make the best or at least the second best out of the situation – life is still worth living.

Psychotherapeutic support in a life with cancer ist particularly important, regardless of the stage of the disease.

  • If you are waiting for your test result or about to begin treatment,
  • the cancer has progressed,
  • you have survived cancer, or
  • maybe you have not yet dared to see a doctor (again)

Preserve your mental health in any case and in the best possible way.
Every oncological treatment should be complemented by psychotherapy according to the medical guidelines of special psycho-oncology.

Psychosomatic disorders

These include psycho-vegetative symptoms such as:

  • flushing in the face, shyness and feeling inhibited being yourself in social situations,
  • nervousness and agitation,
  • tiredness and exhaustion,
  • poor appetite or hunger attack,
  • stomach ache and heartburn,
  • irritable bowel or spasmodic abdominal pain,
  • headaches and muscular back tension,
  • paresthesia, e.g. numbness, tingle, trembling
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