Existential Crisis

Crises comprise an unavoidable and integral part of the human condition. But coping with a crisis often pushes the limits of human strength. Crises can often trigger long-term psychological discomfort. Different crises can be perceived as a danger; however, they can also bring an important opportunity for change. Not everyone recognises that a certain hardship can also turn out to be an opportunity without which it would be impossible to move forward and mature in life.

How to recognize an existential crisis?

  • Has there recently been a sudden big change in your life that you are finding it difficult to cope with?
  • Have you lost someone close to you or something important to you and are finding it difficult to move on with your life?
  • Are you in a challenging time of life or are you at a juncture for making significant life decisions?
  • Do you worry about challenging topics like  human mortality or loneliness? 
  • Do you have feelings of hopelessness or absence of meaning?
  • Do you experience excessive mood swings or feel deeply sad, angry or without energy?
  • Do you experience physical problems without an obvious cause such as headaches, problems with digestion or sleep?

If you have answered positively to one or more questions, it is possible that you are experiencing what is referred to as an existential crisis. For further professional assessment and assistance, please do not hesitate contact us.

Did you know?

Crises can take many forms. A situational crisis tends to be one that was unpredicted, sudden and largely caused by external circumstances. Some crises are due to significant changes (e.g., divorce, job change, or changes due to world events, such as war or pandemic); to significant losses (e.g., death of a loved one, loss of health with grave illness or loss of property or work); or to life-changing choices (i.e., decision-making at life’s crossroads). 

Transitional crises are more predictable in nature and can be a necessary part of one’s personal development and maturation. They come part and parcel with events relating to biological development (e.g., puberty, menopause, andropause, “mid-life crisis” and old age) or social development (first domestic partner, new career or employment, marriage, descendants, retirement).  

An existential crisis can be distinguished from the above-mentioned crises, although it may accompany or follow another crisis.  The existential crisis concerns, say, philosophical or deeper themes and values of human existence, such as human mortality, loneliness and loss of the meaning of life.

Contact Us

Please do not hesitate to contact us by phone or electronically. We will be happy to hear from you and to discuss with you the treatment options at NEO Centrum.

Treatment Options

NEO Centrum offers its clients two avenues for obtaining help:  through our Outpatient Clinic (including in-person or online sessions) and through our comprehensive, in-residence treatment programs offered at our resident treatment facilities. The choice depends on the specific needs of the clients, the type of difficulties they face and the intensity of the approach they are able to devote themselves to. We offer services at our residence clinics for Czech-speaking and English-speaking clients.

Residence Clinics

Modern, intimate and pleasant facilities located in a remote part of Prague, designed for a select number of clients.

Outpatient Care

The NEO Centrum outpatient clinic offers you immediate assistance with your problems through individual, group, couple and family therapy, counselling and coaching.