Anxiety Disorder Treatment in Singapore

What is Anxiety?

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.

Anxiety

Symptoms of Anxiety Disorder

  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Restlessness
  • Increased heart rate
  • Rapid breathing
  • Tiredness and exhaustion
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Irrational fears
  • Lack of focus
  • Poor decision-making
  • Avoidance behaviors
  • Uncontrollable worrying

If left unchecked, these symptoms can generate a lot of emotional distress and prevent from achieving one’s true potential and living life to the fullest.

In its severe forms, anxiety can trigger panic attacks and contribute to the onset of depression, leading to overall poor quality of life.

Types of Anxiety Disorders

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

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.

  • Specific Phobias

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.

  • Social Anxiety

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

  • Panic Disorder

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.

  • Post-traumatic Stress

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.
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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)

Causes of Anxiety

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.

Why should we address anxiety?

Anxiety as a disorder has an incapacitating effect on our day-to-day functioning and may negatively impact one’s personal and professional life. It can also adversely affect one’s self-esteem and relationships.

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.

We utilize various modalities to address anxiety at its root, which can help with:

  • Sustainable healing
  • Untangle stress
  • Boost self-confidence
  • Provide clarity
  • Reframe life events
  • Alleviate distress
  • Support more positive thinking
  • Inspire effective problem-solving
  • Improve relationships
  • Explore personal goals and life direction
  • Promote relaxation and mindfulness
  • Find happiness

Manage Anxiety at Heal with Nav in Singapore

If you or your loved one is struggling with anxiety, do reach out. We at HealwithNav use various brain body modalities to help with all kinds of anxieties.  Call us on +65 8133 7312 or click on the button below to schedule your consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Anxiety is a serious condition. It can interfere with all facets of one’s life. Our Emotional Empowerment Program is designed to help people get relief from the triggers of their anxiety. Perceptional fear can elevate stress response causing anxiety. Once healed, it’s much easier to manage anxiety symptoms. One can lead a happier and more fulfilled life.

excessive worrying is the most common symptoms of anxiety. One may worry excessively about anything from petty daily matters to significant life events. This is serious when it starts interfering with one’s daily life and persists for at least 6 months. Other symptoms include:

- Heart palpitation/ rapid heart beat- Shaking / Trembling
- Dry mouth
- Sweating
- Nauseous
People with anxiety disorders experience the above listed feelings for extended periods. This may interfere with their personal, professional and social life. People often avoid situations that trigger these symptoms.

According to research and studies, anxiety disorders may be running in families (genetics), occur due to some allergies, conditions such as diabetes and other disorders. Usually, anxiety disorders may result from a multifarious set of risk factors such as:
- Genetics
- Personality
- Brain Chemistry
- Life events
- Developmental Trauma
- Ongoing stressors

No. It affects both men and women. As per reports, revealed by several surveys, women are 60% more vulnerable to experience, an anxiety disorder as compared to men. This is mainly owing to a varied number of factors involved such as facing a traumatic event during childhood such as sexual abuse.