Many people with the signs and symptoms of anxiety may start to wonder if there is something wrong with them. Typical comments from friends and family like “just get yourself together,” are not very helpful.
Everyone feels anxious every once in a while. In fact, 1 in 5 people will experience significant anxiety at some point in their lives. We are now living in a culture that breeds stress and have developed into highly anxious societies. So remember that you are not alone.
For some people, anxiety can mean nervousness and confusion, while for others it may manifest as worry or self-doubt. Worry occurs when we start to think about the future in an apprehensive way. When it starts to interfere in our day to day functioning, and occurs regularly, talking to a professional may help.
Signs and symptoms of anxiety:
People can manifest anxiety in many different ways. Some people become more talkative and excitable, whereas others withdraw and isolate themselves. For some, it is difficult to carry on with daily tasks while others are very high functioning. It is hard to get through each day for all.
Physical symptoms of anxiety can include a racing heart, frequent stomach and digestive issues, overly tense muscles or high blood pressure. Trembling, sweating, headaches and insomnia can also be caused by anxiety. If physical symptoms are severe and sudden, it may even be a panic attack.
Mentally, you can feel depressed, frustrated or constantly tense. It can come with an inability to relax and concentrate. Worries may repetitively run through your mind to a point where it becomes obsessive.
Therapy for Anxiety:
Research shows that therapy is the most effective option when it comes to treating anxiety and anxiety disorders. This is because counselling, unlike anxiety medication, treats more than just the symptoms of the problem. Cognitive and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy have been proven to be particularly beneficial.
Since each person has unique needs, I strive to make individualized personal plans for each of my clients. We will address the underlying causes of your fears, learn how to relax, and control your anxiety levels. We will also work towards stopping the negative self-talk and developing coping and problem solving skills.
Anxiety issues/disorders put people in a vicious cycle of fear. The components of counselling will help address each part of that circle.
We all go through ups and downs in life and it is normal to feel sad during times of setbacks, struggles or losses. Though many people use the word depression to describe these feelings, depression is much more than normal sadness.
Depression has been called the “common cold of mental health issues.” The World Health Organization (WHO) has ranked it as the single largest contributor to global disability. According to a study, 5.8% of the adult population in Singapore suffers from this debilitating problem. Feeling depressed may be a very lonely time and you may feel that nobody understands you.
It can be caused by one’s body like chemicals in the brain, by social factors and sometimes due to life’s circumstances like a traumatic or stressful event. Many times it can be caused by a mix of all. At times, depression can manifest as feeling unbearably sad, but for other people it can come across as being tired, or frustrated and angry and irritable. A person’s gender, age or culture may change how they experience depression.
Common symptoms of depression are below. If you or someone you know have 3 or more of these symptoms and it has been persisting, please contact a professional.
- Loss of energy and feeling tired
- Loss of appetite or eating too much
- Insomnia – though for some people this may be sleeping too much
- Low mood nearly everyday
- Feeling guilty and hopeless
- Thoughts of suicide
- Difficulty concentrating
- Inability to enjoy doing things like you used to such as hobbies or socializing with friends and family
- Unexplained aches and pains
Depression is a very treatable condition. I will help you to understand why you may be experiencing depression and help you view your symptoms without judgement. We will work together to create and achieve goals. Common goals may include improving physical wellness, improving day to day functioning and strengthening relationships. Counselling will also include Cognitive Therapy which will help you assess the role you thoughts play in your depression. Remember, you don’t need to be in a crisis to get help.
Both anxiety and depression can be very isolating and lonely experiences. Feeling supported and heard during sessions, as well as learning how to challenge ruminative and worrisome thoughts can bring much relief. The feelings you are experiencing now, do not have to last forever and it is entirely possible to live a happier, more fulfilling life.
Contact me if you want to know more.