Anxiety is a normal human emotion that all of us experience in response to future events that we expect to be threatening or big in some way.
However, Anxiety disorders involves more than temporary worry or fear. Excessive anxiety can be debilitating and highly restrictive. This can affect quality of life and leave a person feeling out of control of their own lives.
For a person suffering with an Anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away on its own and can get worse over time.
There are several types of Anxiety disorders such as Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder and Phobias
Symptoms of Anxiety
The symptoms vary with the type of anxiety disorder. The signs of anxiety are often physical, such as racing heart, lump in the throat, fast and irregular breathing, sweating, tightness in the muscles, nausea and even dizziness.
The feelings present in anxiety disorders range from simple nervousness to bouts of terror.
Anxiety often leads to avoidance, avoiding airplane flights, elevators, making presentations, social gatherings, intimate relationships and even leaving the house for fear of having an anxiety attack or becoming embarrassed in public.
In addition to general feeling of tension and nervousness, people with panic disorder have recurrent unexpected panic attacks. Panic attacks are sudden periods of intense fear that may include palpitations, pounding heart, excessive sweating, trembling or shaking; sensations of shortness of breath, smothering, or choking; and feeling of impending doom.
People with social anxiety disorder (sometimes called “social phobia”) have a marked fear of social situations. They avoid situations where they expect to feel embarrassed, judged, rejected, or fearful of offending others.
Anxiety Treatment in Singapore
Anxiety Disorders are treatable. With proper treatment, many people with anxiety disorders can lead normal, fulfilling lives. Anxiety Treatment includes a combination of behavioural approaches to help the person regain control of their responses to the situation.
At Psynaptica, our psychologists have treated numerous clients in Singapore by helping them cope effectively with Anxiety to lead healthy fulfilling lives.
We provide psycho-education to help the client understand what maintains their anxiety disorder. We then facilitate the client to manage and change how they feel and respond to situations through a variety of therapeutic techniques and experiences.