Specialist Treatment for Anxiety Disorders in Singapore!
Trans4mational Therapy provides effective treatment options and solutions for many types of anxiety disorders, options that allow you to enjoy life again!
Anxiety, chronic stress or depression, can make life feel pretty tough at times, many sufferers say "all the time!" And while depression is not specifically categorised as an anxiety disorder, anyone with depression will always experience relatively high levels of anxiety or stress! These seemingly modern-day conditions have the potential to negatively affect the quality of your life's experience, as well as, relationships, career, even your everyday chores.
Fortunately, there's good news because I've helped clients with a variety of anxiety disorders, panic attacks and many others for over 20 years and have over 20,400 hours experience. There are several ways I can help you, for example, hypnotherapy, psychotherapy and EFT (emotional freedom techniques) or maybe you would prefer counselling. Now, that's the kind of experience and stability you need! What is even better than that, you can have a free 1-hour consultation and, if you choose to, experience a practical demonstration of hypnosis! This free demonstration will give you vital information needed to decide to try my therapy services and resolve your anxiety issues for good!
To discover more about anxiety, what it is, its causes and symptoms, please read on
So, what is anxiety?
While the term anxiety is universally postulated as a common condition, it is perceptively viewed as more than one condition, at least in a practical sense. From a practical perspective, it is the nature of its cause that changes its type (social, generalised, separation, panic etc) and any approach to its treatment. However, as a condition it has a unique commonality, in that anxiety is a consequence of the activation of the brain's fight or flight response. In fact, the only major difference between a stress disorder and an anxiety one is the cause of its activation. Stress occurs when the brain's perceptual defences detect danger (real or imagined) and anxiety occurs as a consequence of the anticipation of those perceptual defences. For example, if you are on a plane and experience extreme or clear air turbulence, fear (stress) is a natural (unconditioned) reaction to that stressor. However, if you are having a coffee in the airport lounge and you start to imaging the plane bouncing all over the place, that is different! This situation also invokes the stress response but is labelled anxiety because it's a consequence of the anticipation of danger, not the actual presence of it!
As a condition, anxiety ranges from a mild condition, say, mild social anxiety to the more extreme forms of OCD or agoraphobia. Because the origins and progression of anxiety are multi-varied, its treatment needs both specific and reasonable consideration. This is because the resolution of anxiety, from being disordered to becoming ordered (normal) effectively requires changes in brain function. My view is somewhat divergent from the general view of many hypnotherapists, who, seemingly believe that changes are made to the subconscious mind! However, if we look at the way medical professionals attempt to treat anxiety, pharmacologically, they do so via targeted brain treatments. And any benefit the patient experiences is a result of brain-based changes in the plasticity and neurochemistry of the brain.
This is not to totally discount the mind theory, it's merely to see it in a more factual way. The mind is merely a philosophical construct, that renders the explanation, of almost inexplicable processes, capable of being understood! In that sense, the mind is akin to a communication system that allows the faculties of consciousness, imagination, perception, thinking, intelligence, judgement, language and memory to emerge into awareness. Of course, all of these faculties work outside of our conscious awareness of them. Awareness is the final link in the chain, the moment when we have an awareness of the outcome, so to speak. However, we are never privy to the actual processing part of the process. Outcomes are a consequence of brain-based processes, not mind based ones! And while someone may say "I changed my mind," any change occurs as a consequence of changes in brain responses.
However, before you consider seeking treatment for anxiety, it can be useful to answer this question because anxiety is both natural and necessary for a normal life. So, the question is, is your anxiety too much? Meaning, is it out of sync with what is deemed normal? As I said, anxiety is a natural part of everyday life but it can occasionally go off the rails. When that happens too often, for too long and to a greater intensity, then it's time to get it checked out because you may have an anxiety disorder! Professional healthcare experts suggest that 10% of the general population in Singapore have an anxiety disorder, an alarming figure! However, in a post-Covid-19 world, that figure will be much higher as people's lives are going to be undoubtedly altered because of this pandemic!
What causes it?
Many reasons are behind the development of anxiety but . . .
Employment matters are a significant factor in a lot of the anxiety disorders that I treat here in Singapore. But because of the pandemic, that will likely change going forward! The most usual issues are workplace bullying, unfair dismissal a general lack of employee protections, as well as abuse of powers. However, there will likely now be a greater level of uncertainty in the workforce market, undoubtedly with the pandemic being either the cause or the excuse! And as if that's not enough, there's now a focus on increased productivity being sought, essentially increasing the output for each worker. For companies with an unending demand for their products, this could increase employment opportunities. However, for those with a limited or shrinking market, it could mean fewer people doing more work! This could lead to retrenchment and this is one aspect of increased productivity that could be taken advantage of by employers! Potentially; it's either a quid pro quo, higher productivity means higher pay or a zero-sum game, heads I win; tails you lose! All of these things can, and often do, add significant stress and the uncertainty of it all can develop into an anxiety disorder. Hypnotherapy can help you normalise even the most challenging life. This is important because anxiety and stress rob you of vital brain resources you need, to cope effectively under duress. Especially if this involves a change in direction or the acquisition of new skills!
Then there is relationship anxiety, many people are in dysfunctional or toxic relationships, be they familial, social or career-based. While ending any relationship is an option, it is not always as easy as that, it's not always a workable or practical solution either. Some relationships are neither possible nor practical to end, e.g. how do you end a parental relationship or one with your children? While it is practically possible, in that you can stop talking to or seeing someone, it rarely comes without consequences and mostly emotional ones. Severing ties with siblings seems the most common form of a breakup but even that can have some dire consequences. Or, you may have a great friend, someone you've known your whole life, you're inseparable. Then one day someone enters their life and it's downhill from there, you just don't gel with the new person in their life. And, generally speaking, it doesn't matter how much you love your friend, you just don't gel with their partner. And given the choice of you or the love of their life; guess what your position will be? That can make it tough emotionally and it can also leave emotional scars! In some sense, every aspect of our life involves relationships and the quality, or lack, of quality in those relationships invariably feeds into the apparent quality of our life! The relationship I focus on the most is the one with yourself, get that one right and all of the others are instantly better!
On top of the condition, we call anxiety (stress in another form), there are other forms of stress that play an almost invisible role. There are oxidative stressors, osmotic stressors and heat-shock and stress factors consequential to allostatic load (AL) and allostatic overload (ALO). While many of these (except AL/ALO) that are natural and normal, at least when life is that way too, they are anything but normal in anxiety/stress disorders! In extreme situations, these stresses can contribute towards psychosomatic as well as organic disorders. In that context, resolving the perceptual problem, say a toxic relationship or job situation, may not bring about a quick response. Although it may! That can lead to the illusion that the therapy didn't work. This is the major reason why I studied the brain so extensively, and, how it's implicated in the development of anxiety, stress and depression. If through regression therapy, you discover an incident, when you were 7, was the cause of your issue, then hypnotherapeutic logic dictates that's what you work on! However, experience has taught me to be cautious! This is because there can and often is, much more to it than that and if you don't know your subject; well . . . what can I say?
Then there are genetic and epigenetic factors to consider
THis gets to the Nuts and Bolts of Anxiety:
Of course, these other factors can contribute to an anxiety issue. For example, from a genetic perspective, if a parent or a close ancestral family member has anxiety, it increases your risk factor. However, the way your brain encodes experience, especially during the early years of life, can contribute, epigenetically, and this can also occur throughout your lifetime. And while our brains are anatomically similar, the individual similarity ends there. This is a result of the unique way that we each, non-consciously, encodes experience and translates that into a neural code (brain language). To complicate matters further, much of our sensory experience is coded into memories. So the memory of one experience, with specific or similar attributes, can be conditioned to trigger the memory of another experience. This process is known as neural/classical conditioning, aka Hebbian plasticity! If you were to think about anxiety logically, it really doesn't make sense. Imagine you got stuck in a lift with 6 others, after that, you had an anxiety attack every time you were in one, it's got to be the lift? Well, if that were true, then the other 6 people would also have to have the same experience, wouldn't they? Well historically and evidentially we know that's not true! So, if 7 people get stuck in a lift but only 1 or 2 get affected; then it has to be their brain; not the lift! That's epigenetics, your brain adapting to its experience of the environment and the circumstances of your life!
Much of our life experience, be it in childhood or later on, goes on to predict aspects of our character and personality. While genetics do play a part, it's usually a small one. If we have a series of negative experiences, this can shatter confidence, lower self-esteem or self-worth and onwards from that, our life tanks. Life can change either very quickly or over a longer time-frame. Sometimes the change appears to be instant but it can also be a result of cumulative trauma. This is a series of seemingly insignificant events but over time the effect accumulates into one larger collective event. One day, the same thing you have endured for years suddenly becomes the straw that broke the camel's back! In essence, we can go from the top of the mountain into the deepest valleys and often in a relatively short period. One day we are fine, the next; we are not! Fortunately, hypnotherapy is there to help you in those dire moments of life and gradually (weeks not months) it gets you back on track!
It's at times like these, that you need a good therapist, someone that can help you to get back on the right path! At Trans4mational Therapy, I have helped thousands of people with anxiety, stress, depression and confidence, have a better experience of life. So, it is highly probable that I can help you too!
If you have an unending feeling of anxiety and you want it to stop, contact me today! It's really easy to make an appointment for a Free Consultation and you can do that here. During the consultation, we discuss the issue so you get an idea of what life will be like after the therapy. For more info on the Free Consultation, go here. After the free consultation, we can look at your treatment options, from there you can begin your journey of recovery and discovery.
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