Everyone is sometimes scared or anxious. Anxiety is a normal, healthy response to a real threat and makes you temporarily more vigilant. For example, during an overtaking maneuver or if you suddenly end up in bad weather. However, it can happen that this healthy fear becomes ‘unhealthy’ and you develop anxiety symptoms or even an anxiety disorder.
If you have an anxiety disorder, you are also afraid of situations that pose no immediate danger. For example, you panic when you have a conversation or you no longer dare to go out alone. In all cases, anxiety disorders are serious complaints that seriously affect quality of life.
The complaints associated with anxiety disorders:
  • Are out of proportion and almost always present
  • Anxiety is a normal emotion, but in an anxiety disorder, the fear is out of proportion.
  • No longer have anything to do with a reaction to the environment
  • Impede daily functioning

Examples of anxiety disorders are:

  • Social anxiety disorder; in which a person has an intense fear of social situations. Someone with this fear is afraid to behave in a certain way or show certain anxiety symptoms, such as blushing, trembling or sweating, with the result that others will judge them negatively.
  • Panic Disorder: Panic Disorder is characterized by the repeated occurrence of unexpected panic attacks. These panic attacks result in behavioral changes because that person worries about possible panic attacks in the future. People who suffer from panic attacks have a short period of intense anxiety that is accompanied by, for example, heart palpitations, sweating and hyperventilation.
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD): Someone with OCD has recurring obsessions and/or compulsive rituals. These thoughts and rituals evoke fear and are often experienced as unpleasant, limiting and therefore highly undesirable.


Depression is an ever-present gloomy mood that lasts for more than two weeks and does not go away on its own.

You no longer feel like doing things and there is nothing that can cheer you up. Some cases of depression are more severe than the other, but in general, the vital symptoms of depression increase as the depression progresses. Depression is common. The chance that you will ever develop a serious depression is even 1 in 20 and in general women are more likely to suffer from depression than men. Children and the elderly can also develop depression. Depression can last for a short time, but it can also last for months or even years. If you have been depressed for at least two years, this classifies as a chronic depression.

In general, we speak of depression if you suffer from the following symptoms every day for more than 2 weeks. Signs of depression are:
  • You are gloomy or depressed
  • You have less fun in life
  • You eat less or more
  • You suffer from insomnia, or you sleep a lot more
  • You are tired
  • You suffer from concentration problems
  • You’re thinking about suicide
  • You are edgy
  • You feel like you’re worthless or feel guilty
  • Frequently recurring negative thoughts
  • Constant restlessness or sluggishness with your body


Did you experience something violent before or not so long ago that still has a lot of influence on your life now? Something that was so drastic for you that you feel trapped in complaints because this event is haunting you? This could be an accident, the death of a loved one, assault, bullying, a nasty birth, sexual abuse or a divorce. This could mean you have suffered a trauma.
The main symptoms of trauma are feelings of fear and reliving the terrible event over and over again. If these complaints persist for more than a month, you may be suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Symptoms of trauma can include:
  • Numbness or dullness and no longer wanting to do things
  • Bad sleep or nightmares
  • Feeling panic or paralyzed by fear
  • Negative emotions that get the better of you such as mood swings, guilt, powerlessness, sadness or shame
  • Isolating yourself from others or avoiding thoughts, feelings, activities, people and places that remind you of the event
  • Repressing the event or not being able to remember entire parts
  • Having a short fuse and / or having tantrums
  • Being irritable, tense and constantly alert
  • Start thinking negatively about yourself, other people and the world
  • Concentration problems


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Focus burnout treatment sees burn-out as a valuable experience. Many people who have been treated by them say that this burn-out was a turning point in their lives.
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A burn-out often manifests in that you feel fatigued or exhausted for a long time, that you no longer have the energy to undertake things and, for example, are afraid of social contact.
In addition, you may not remember everything as well, you can concentrate less well, become irritated more quickly and you no longer sleep as you used to. This is usually accompanied by physical complaints, such as muscle pain, stomach complaints, dizziness and headaches. People with burn-out complaints also often have a rushed feeling, they cry more easily, they sleep poorly and worry a lot. We speak of a burn-out when a combination of the described complaints arise after a long period of high work pressure or the long-term experience of work stress.
People with a burn-out often describe this as the battery running empty, constantly in too high a gear or stretching an elastic until it snaps.

CaleidoZorg vanaf 1 maart nu ook in Amsterdam

CaleidoZorg heeft als visie om zorg bereikbaar en betaalbaar te houden voor iedereen. Vanaf 1 maart is er vanuit die visie weer een extra stap gezet door de overname van Focus GGZ. Door deze overname zijn we nu ook bereikbaar in regio Amsterdam. Met deze stap werken we steeds meer aan het omlaag krijgen van de wachttijden voor mensen met een complexe problematiek. Wij kijken ernaar uit om ook in Amsterdam onze cliënten zo goed mogelijk en op een herstelgerichte manier te kunnen helpen. Een manier die ook mooi aansluit bij de missie van FocusGGZ.