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Anxiety is a physical and psychological reaction to threats and danger. It is what makes one look twice before crossing a busy street or keep revising notes just before exams. But when in excess it could also be the reason that one avoids crowded places, cancel a presentation, or second-guess every decision one makes.
At ‘Heal with Nav’ Singapore we provide a wide range of psychotherapy services that help with all kinds of anxiety issues. which may be manifesting as symptoms and affecting one’s day to day lives.
Anxiety symptoms may be classified as Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), Panic disorder, Specific phobias, social anxiety, Post–traumatic stress and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Anxiety symptoms may vary from person to person.
In its severe forms, anxiety can trigger panic attacks and contribute to the onset of depression, leading to overall poor quality of life.
GAD is a condition determined by uncontrollable and excessive worries associated to day-to-day life events. In this case, the client does not have any reason (s) to support his/her worries. Generalized Anxiety Disorder is the most common form of anxiety disorder. Millions of people around the world suffer from this disorder.
The condition is determined by intense feelings of fear. This intense fear could be very specific towards some objects, animals, reptiles or situations. Individuals with specific phobias prefer avoiding being under situations where they may confront objects or situations causing fear. In case, the circumstances ‘force’ them to confront their fears, they experience intense anxiety, discomfort and panic.
This condition occurs under specific social settings. It usually results in a series of unpleasant symptoms including.
1.Restlessness 2.worry 3. Fear 4.Sweating
Individuals suffering from social anxiety usually struggle with attending and participating in social events. They feel uncomfortable presenting seminars, giving speeches, presentations, going on dates, and any situation involving social interactions
This disorder is characterized by client experiencing recurrent episodes of extreme fear and anxiety. There are usually no reasons for the fear. Panic disorder results in intense panic attacks (fear, pounding heart, sweaty palms, nauseous feelings) and sometimes landing up in the emergency room. Clients with panic disorders not just have these sensations but also have an impending fear of having another attack.
The condition is mainly after effect of an event experienced or witnessed by the client and is perceived as shocking, scary, or dangerous. Individuals who have witnessed or suffered an accident, natural disasters, or abuse tend to experience flashbacks of the event, nightmares. In some cases, these individuals are also in a constant state of restlessness.
The condition is characterized by a severe form of anxiety. It starts with intrusive and uncontrollable obsessions leading to anxiety followed by compulsive behaviors. Client experiences recurring intrusive unwanted thoughts, physical sensations, ideas (obsessions) that compel them to perform certain actions/ behaviors repetitively (compulsions)
Anxiety is the most common mental health disorder. A range of factors may be responsible for adding to the risk of developing an anxiety disorder. These factors listed below are some of the common causes leading to anxiety: –
Family History: Individuals with a family history of anxiety are more vulnerable. However, there are many other factors responsible for increase in risk of developing the symptoms.
Physiological Factors: Some physical health conditions are also responsible for increasing the risk of anxiety. Some of these include cancer, asthma, heart disease, and stroke.
Psychological Factors: This is one of the most serious risk factors contributing to anxiety trigger. Individuals with a tendency to rely on obstructive thinking styles such as an inclination to the idea of perfectionism, focus on negative aspects of life, fear of negative outcomes of events etc. These thinking styles contribute to low self-esteem and critical self-talk. Anxiety could also be the result of negative beliefs (about self, world and others) arising out of traumas, Adverse Childhood experiences and attachment styles.
Social Factors: Anxiety can aggravate with factors such as stress and any upcoming important events leading to stress. Some examples could be -relationship breakdown, prolonged stress due to adversities such as chronic illness, poverty, etc.
Anxiety is treatable. Psychotherapy can help and sometimes medication might be recommended by your GP. We perform a comprehensive assessment and draw up a personalized “anxiety treatment” plan that meets your needs. In a caring and safe non-judgmental place, we believe in building a strong therapeutic alliance, and providing useful insights. This helps you to rediscover the joys of a healthy and fulfilling life. You don’t have to fight anxiety alone.
At Heal with Nav, we use integration of various modalities, depending upon our clients needs. Some of them include:
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