An almost permanent feeling of sadness, a lack of motivation and a lack of experiencing pleasure of doing something (even activities that were pleasant before). Everything seems more difficult and a feeling of being overloaded can be present. Instead of the feeling of sadness, a permanent irritability or anger may be present. Appetite, sleep, sexual desire can change and be disruptive. It may be more difficult to concentrate and memory problems may be present.
Difficulties to leave the parents because of fear that something “bad” might happen to them.
Fear of illness (cancer, stroke, heart attack, etc.) that leads to a strong desire to be reassured by others (family member, doctors, friends, etc.) and to control (skin, tension, etc.).
Invasive thoughts (e.g. fear of dirt, fear of making a mistake, etc.) that are "neutralized" with behaviour (e.g. hand washing, checking that the door is closed, etc.) or mental strategies (e.g. counting, etc.).
Fear of others' judgment or being in the focus of attention that leads to avoid social situations or, if the situations cannot be avoided, to feel very uncomfortable in social situations.
Fear of being in open or closed places or among many people with the desire to avoid these places. A person suffering from Agoraphobia might not be able to leave the house.
A Panic attack (PA) comes along with very strong physical symptoms (tachycardia, breathing difficulties, dizziness, etc.) without knowing why this happens. The fear of dying or going crazy can be present simultaneously. After the first PA, the fear of having another PA is often present. Anxiety attacks are experienced similar to PAs, but less intense.
A disorder that may be present after a traumatic event. The person concerned may have moments of "reliving/flashback" in thoughts (images) or dreams. Often a permanent "hyper-sensitivity and hyper-vigilance" alert state is present.
Big difficulties of falling asleep at bedtime. Regular wake up’s in the middle of the night and being unable to fall asleep again. Early morning awakening, long before the alarm clock goes off can also be present. A general sensation the sleep is not restful.
E.g.: Difficulties to say "no" and put limits to others, difficulties expressing your opinion in an appropriate way (too timid or aggressive).
E.g.: Difficulties with aggressive or oppositional behaviour within and outside of the family (school, work, etc.). The difficulties are present for more than 6 months.
E.g.: Difficulties to start or to finish a task, difficulties to maintain attention ("in your world", "daydreaming"). Difficulties with staying calm and a constant need to move.
Some people say, “go and see a therapist” repeatedly, because they realize that you have difficulties to interact “normally” with them and others or that you show "difficult" behaviour in general (e.g. too angry, selfish, aggressive, overly anxious or dependent). You have the feeling of repeating the same “mistakes” with others over and over again.