Anxiety Counselling in Singapore
1. What is Anxiety?
Anxiety disorders are characterised by excessive worry, restlessness, irritation, or fear. There are several types of anxiety disorders, varying in intensity and duration, such as Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), panic disorder attacks, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and phobias.
Anxiety is considered one of the most debilitating mental disorders, often worsening over time when left untreated. Anxiety counselling in Singapore can help patients deal with the symptoms and identify triggers for their anxiety.
Symptoms of Anxiety:
-Feelings of fear or dread
-Constantly anticipating the worst outcome in any situation
- Tightness in the chest
- Headaches and light-headedness
- Shaking or trembling
- Stomach discomfort or irritable bowel syndrome
- Avoiding the feared situation
- Difficulties concentrating
- Easily fatigued
2. Causes of Anxiety
The causes of anxiety vary based on each individual, with different contributing factors. Some people who suffer from anxiety disorders may have a genetic predisposition to the condition, which runs in the family. Triggers for anxiety can include also consist of stressors from work, financial situation, family problems, health problems etc.
3. What to do when you feel anxious:
Surround yourself with a community: Make it a point to meet up with friends on a regular basis, join a self-help or support group, or communicate your problems and concerns with a trusted loved one.
Practice relaxation techniques: Mindful meditation and deep breathing techniques are some tools that you can use to cope
Exercise regularly: Nothing beats the good mood that an endorphin rush can give you
Get enough sleep
Externalise your worries by journalling your worry thoughts
Limit nicotine and alcohol consumption
4. Interventions for Anxiety
There are many ways to get help in Singapore, such as anxiety counselling, consulting with a psychiatrist for medications, reading self-help books for tips and more.
5. When should I seek professional help?
It might be difficult to determine the severity of your anxiety because anxiety is a natural and necessary aspect of being human, but if your anxiety prevents you from sleeping, working, socialising, or doing errands, you might consider getting counselling.
If you've been feeling anxious for more than half of the week for over six month, it's definitely time to get professional help.
6. What you can expect at your first counselling session
Although every therapist is different, you can expect many questions during your first meeting. Ultimately, your counsellor's objective is to learn about your concerns so that they can create a treatment plan to help you develop the skills you need to manage your anxiety.
Common Questions You May Have
Can you get Counselling for anxiety?
Counselling can be very effective for treating anxiety and it’s often the most effective option for patients. Unlike anxiety medication, counselling treats the underlying causes of anxiety rather than just the symptoms
What type of counsellor is best for anxiety?
Counsellors and therapists trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy are best placed to help with anxiety as it is the most widely-used treatment modality for anxiety disorders
Where can I seek help for anxiety in Singapore?
There are many counselling centres, polyclinics, and hospitals that can help with anxiety disorders. You can also reach out to Redwood Psychology and talk to our trained psychologists and counsellors
What do counsellors do for anxiety?
Counsellors can assist in identifying negative thought patterns and replace them with more positive ideations to reduce your overall anxiety. They can also help patients be more aware of how anxiety is triggered and provide tips on dealing with anxiety episodes