Almost everyone has to deal with certain conflicts in the course of their personal development and usually can successfully solve these. In some transitional phases of life, such as leaving home and taking up an education or even parenthood, but also the phase in which a person has to deal with infirmity and impending death of a parent. Some people fall into a deep life crisis or anxiety and depression. In general, people get along well with these transition phases without outside help or with the help of their friends, parents and relatives. However, there are also constellations in which relationships with parents are difficult and strained. There are people with problematic personality structures who find it very difficult to make and maintain friendships. Even people with an anxious basic constellation can be completely overwhelmed by the confrontation with suffering, illness or even death. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, psychotherapy may be helpful.
But just as with the discussion of the question of therapy for social problems, it must also be weighed up here exactly to what extent the affected person is ill or is only confronted with the general, reasonable problems in life, which everyone ultimately has to deal with himself. Generally binding criteria are difficult to formulate here. Basically, based on the subjective suffering of the affected person, the factors of stress and the psychological constellations of the affected person should be carefully weighed against each other.
More and more people are pushing themselves to their limits through high workload, stress and overstraining themselves. They are then physically, emotionally and mentally exhausted and "burned out". Burnout develops over a longer period of time. Symptoms such as depression, sleep disorders, chronic fatigue, headaches, tension, dissatisfaction and lack of interest eventually lead to a nervous breakdown. There is a lack of strength and the will to go on living. Burnout patients usually recognize their own illness very late.
Apart from the above-mentioned burdens, a high willingness to perform, anchored in the personality and human values, is central to the development of a burnout syndrome. Then there is the subjective feeling: I have no choice but to get through this situation. Partnership problems, conflicts with the family, lack of free time, physical illness and other additional burdens are the point at which those affected suddenly collapse. Depending on the progress of the syndrome, a simple "time-out" may no longer help. Psychotherapy, sometimes even a stay in a special clinic, becomes inevitable.