Anxiety psychologically and physically impacts the individual who develops different types of anxiety disorders. It affects behavior, thoughts, emotions, and physical health.

Although anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issues, they are also the most stigmatized. In Switzerland, up to 20% of the population may suffer from them.

The Stress Clinic aims to fight against the social stigma associated with anxiety which often prevents those affected from seeking help.

Anxiety disorders can be treated successfully. Our team will help you distinguish between a legitimate feeling of anxiety and an anxiety disorder that is accompanied by disproportionate fear or distress. Contact the clinic to receive a personal medical opinion.

Treatment for anxiety


The Geneva Stress Clinic treats anxiety through cognitive behavioral therapies based on scientific research. Such treatment helps patients understand their own thought patterns, as well as the operations of their brains in order to become desensitized to their fears.


Who can be affected by anxiety disorders?


Anxiety disorders can affect both children and adults. They do not constitute a weakness or mental instability.


Recognizing anxiety disorders


Different types of anxiety disorders:

Anxiety causes bodily sensations, feelings and emotions which immerse the affected individual in a state of suffering characterized by:

  • Panic attacks
  • Phobias
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Psychosomatic events (abdominal pains, headaches…)
  • Generalized anxiety


Symptoms of anxiety disorders:


Anyone can be affected by the following symptoms for a short period. It is only when they are prolonged, intense, and disrupt your life that you should consider the possibility that you have an anxiety disorder and contact a healthcare professional.

Depending on the disorder, and with more or less intensity, the symptoms include:

  • Rapid heart rate, palpitations, or chest pain
  • Shortness of breath, panting, dry mouth
  • Redness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Tremors, muscle tension
  • Dizziness
  • Hot flushes, sweating, or chills
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Inability to concentrate

Free yourself from anxiety disorders to improve your daily life

Anxiety disorders create real suffering that may often be accompanied by depression, eating disorders, or alcohol/drug abuse.

Rare is the person who has never felt a feeling of anxiety or fear in a stressful situation at work, when organizing an important event, or during an exam.

However, red flags should come up when these unpleasant situations become worse in people who are suffering from anxiety disorders and destroy their daily lives.

Anxiety disorders cause such people to suffer for long periods, with intense fear or distress that seem disproportional to actual events.


The causes and factors of anxiety


Anxiety is a reaction to stress due to various factors, such as biological, personal, socio-economic, and intellectual factors.

Research has shown that a set of biological factors, intellectual functions, and personal circumstances combined with socio-economic factors create anxiety disorders.


The biological factors of anxiety disorders
There may be some genetic or family causes, changes in brain chemicals called neurotransmitters, or changes in certain parts of the brain.
Psychological factors
Psychological factors include the ways in which people learn to perceive certain situations or signs, the fears that they associate with certain things, as well as the degree of control that they believe they have in respect to certain events or situations. These factors are referred to as “cognitive-behavioral” factors and they also form the basis of treatment.
Developmental or “growth” factors
Developmental or “growth” factors may be factors preceding an anxiety disorder. They would seem to actively participate in the construction of an anxiety disorder. These factors result from experiences in childhood which determine the way in which an adult deals with anxiety.

Types of anxiety disorders


There are five different types of anxiety disorders:

  1. Panic disorders
  2. Phobias
  3. Post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD)
  4. Obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD)
  5. Generalized anxiety disorders (GAD)


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