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Feeling more anxious these days? You’re not alone! Anxiety is increasingly common in the 2020s. Today in Singapore, anxiety disorder affects about ten per cent of us and the number of people experiencing high levels of stress or anxiety has jumped over the past year.

Whether it is the pressures of modern life or simply our newfound willingness to discuss anxiety, the topic of stress is never far from our minds. Fortunately, treating anxiety in Singapore is easier than you might think. While it might seem insurmountable right now, anxiety treatment can be life-changing.   

Ready to take a deep breath and learn about effective anxiety management techniques and tools? Here is your complete guide to anxiety treatment in Singapore.

Anxiety can show up anytime, anywhere, and with anybody. It can appear during the moments where we least expect it to. It can cause us to worry and have thoughts that keep playing over and over in our head. It is the voice that keeps telling us that something is going to go wrong, that we are not good enough, that voice that we just want to quiet but it keeps yelling at us inside our head.

We all experience anxiety in our lives. However, anxiety can become a problem when it affects our sleep, our relationships, our mood, our work, our eating habits, and our rest.

Signs that you might need help for your anxiety

  1. You have difficulties falling asleep because you are worrying about the future
  2. Your worries are affecting your day-to-day life
  3. You have difficulties concentrating
  4. Your worries are making you irritable and affecting your relationships
  5. You avoid doing certain things, people, places because you are worried about what might happen
  6. You notice yourself overeating or undereating
  7. You are having frequent panic attacks
  8. You notice yourself having increasing heart rates, stomach issues, feeling exhausted, but are not due to other medical conditions

Do any of these symptoms sound familiar? Know of someone who needs help? Feel free to contact us to book an appointment with our Counsellors or Psychologists. Let’s work together to help you and your loved ones manage anxiety better and live a more fulfilling life.

How do I get tested for anxiety in Singapore?

When should anxiety become a concern? It is one of the questions that we hear daily. The difference between everyday stress and anxiety disorder can be difficult to pinpoint. Anxiety disorder tests in Singapore are a common request from clients looking to get started on the path to better mental health, and it’s something A Kind Place can help you with.

If you are wondering when to get help dealing with anxiety, the answer is now. Every single one of us at this very moment could use professional help learning how to manage our stress. Wondering if you might have an anxiety disorder?

Here are a few of the common signs that you should get help for anxiety: 

 

  • Worry keeping you awake at night 
  • Daily life affected by anxiety 
  • Difficulty concentrating 
  • Irritability affecting your relationships 
  • Avoiding certain people, places, or situations 
  • Sudden increase or loss of appetite 
  • Regular overwhelming feelings of panic 

Of course, there are different types of anxiety disorders and severity levels, but it’s essential to understand that connecting with a therapist for anxiety is beneficial at any stage or level. It may be that counselling can help you develop stress management techniques to meet your goals. It might be that you have an anxiety disorder that a psychologist can treat. Rather than sitting alone wondering when you should seek therapy for anxiety, remember that getting advice from a professional is always worth it. 

Types of anxiety

Speaking with a trained mental health professional will help you determine if you have an anxiety disorder or need help navigating a stressful period in your life. Your psychologist will help you understand if you have a type of anxiety disorder and how to treat it.

Generally speaking, we see five different types of anxiety disorders, which are:

  • Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Panic disorder 
  • Social anxiety/performance anxiety disorder
  • Specific phobias

What is generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)?

Anxiety is not a short term disorder. It may last for years, sometimes more intense, sometimes less intense. However, it is completely normal to experience anxiety. Anxiety disorders affects 18.1% of the population every year. Anxiety may affect a person’s life at home, work, relationships, or even when alone. It is important that we take the time to learn and find out what to do when we notice some signs of anxiety. Being on our page is a good start!

Generalised anxiety disorder is defined by excessive worry that doesn’t have an identifiable cause. This type of anxiety shows itself through difficulty concentrating, a persistent feeling of anxiety, and trouble sleeping. GAD is often accompanied by fatigue, headaches, tension, and irritability. 

Here are some signs that someone who has Generalised Anxiety Disorder might face:

  • High levels of anxiousness or worrying for many days
  • Having difficulty controlling your worry
  • Feeling restless/On Edge
  • Easily fatigued
  • Constantly losing your train of thought
  • Irritable
  • Tense muscles
  • Disturbance in your sleep (e.g. Sleeping too little, too much, nightmares)

Put separately, they might not mean much, but if you notice yourself having multiple warning signs, do seek advise from a psychologist, counsellor, or your family doctor.

What is obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

There are two elements to obsessive-compulsive disorder. It starts off with obsession, which is defined by instructive and persistent thoughts that you do not want to have (e.g. an obsession over cleanliness). This is followed by the compulsion to do something to get rid of the thoughts, which is marked by repeated actions or rituals (e.g. excessive hand washing).

While obsessive-compulsive disorder is not categorised under anxiety disorders in the DSM5, many believe that OCD has its roots in anxiety as it creates anxiety over what might happen if compulsions aren’t satisfied. 

What is social anxiety/performance anxiety disorder?

Having social anxiety is different from being introverted or shy. This type of anxiety disorder is diagnosed in the case of a long-term and overwhelming fear of being in social situations. Feeling like you are being judged and watched by others is a common experience. You might physically feel unwell with sweating or nausea, or find yourself dreading social situations. 

Performance anxiety disorder is a type of social anxiety disorder. Often referred to as “stage fright,” this type of anxiety can come on in any type of situation where you need to take centre stage and have all of the attention on you. 

What is a phobia?

On the other end of the spectrum from a generalised anxiety disorder, we have specific phobias. This is an intense fear that happens in a certain local situation, or when faced with a particle thing. This is a strong and persistent fear that typically lasts more than six months and may cause panic attacks. Common types of phobias include fear of open spaces or leaving home (agoraphobia), insects, heights, or any other stressor. 

What is panic disorder?

Panic disorder causes sudden overwhelming feelings of fear. It creates a feeling of breathlessness and loss of control called a panic attack. These panic attacks often last ten to 20 minutes and can seemingly come at random. Panic disorder is defined as multiple experiences of panic attacks like this. This disorder can be a diagnosis on its own or be connected to other anxiety disorders.

Panic attacks are sudden episodes of intense fear or anxiety that trigger physical reactions like a pounding heart, fast breathing and sweating when there is no apparent danger or cause. Panic attacks are usually associated with the feelings of approaching doom. You might feel like you are losing control or going crazy, having a heart attack or even feel like you are dying.

How do I know if I’m having a panic attack?

Panic attacks are part of panic disorder. They are typically characterised by the following: 

  • Increased heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Shaking
  • Shortness of breathing
  • Choking sensation 
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea
  • Feeling light-headed 
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Chills or fever 
  • Disconnection from environment 
  • The feeling of lost control 
  • Feeling like you might die  

Each person has a unique experience and every panic attack can be perceived differently so remember that nothing is set in stone. The best way to find out if you’re suffering from panic attacks is to talk with a professional about your feelings of anxiety.  

If reading any of these feels familiar to you in your life, or you have noticed signs of these in others around you, feel free to reach out to us. You can use the chat function to leave your contact name and number or click one of the buttons below to book a session.

Where to get help for anxiety in Singapore

Here at A Kind Place, we specialise in anxiety treatment. We have counsellors who can help you through stressful situations and guide you to develop healthy coping mechanisms.  If you have an anxiety disorder, we have psychologists who can help you manage your stress. We offer a range of treatments including specialised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT)  for anxiety in our Singapore office as well as online and via home visits.  You can easily schedule a meeting online, receive a diagnosis, and finally feel the relief of getting on a long-term path to managing your anxiety. 

How to get started with anxiety treatment in Singapore 

You don’t have to suffer in silence! Anxiety treatment will transform you and turn you into the person you’re truly meant to be. Are you ready to get started? Take the first step to mental wellness by scheduling a free 15-minute chat with a professional. You can get to know our mental health professionals and get on the path to wellness. 

Simply email hello@akindplace.co or start chatting with us on WhatsApp right now.