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Distress Issues

Distress Issues

Distress can happen often. But we often neglect them until they have to shout out to us so loud, or break us down, before we are willing to address them.

In fact, we don’t need to wait till we break down before we seek help. Often times when we say to ourselves “I can handle this!” perhaps is already the moment we should reach out for some clearance of trapped emotion!

Bereavement

My mom passed away 3 years ago and I still cry whenever I think of her.

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Parenting

My children’s crying makes me very angry.
I’m tired of caring for him. He just keeps getting sick!

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Sleep problems

Do you have poor quality of sleep, not enough sleep or simply unable to fall asleep as you wish to?

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Work Stress

Work Stress and physical health go hand-in-hand. Unfortunately, it is all too common that we feel pressure from work.

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Relationship conflicts

My husband and i do not bother to talk as our children grow up.

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Life adjustments

I don’t know what to do after my university graduation, I feel so lost.

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Mood Disorder

Almost all people will experience low mood or stress occasionally.

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Health issues

The going in and out of the hospital for my chemotherapy is depressing.

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Bereavement

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“My pet just died.”

“We just had a miscarriage…”

“My mom passed away 3 years ago and I still cry whenever I think of her.”

by a person who lost someone important

Bereavement is a period of mourning and grief after a death of a loved one. Everyone has his or her own way in the grieving process and the responses to grief varies, depending upon the type of death. People who are grieving, may be angry, guilty, anxious, have problems sleeping, changes in appetite, physical illness or experiencing complex feelings when meeting friends or family.

It may seem easier to hide your pain and hurt in bereavement, but unresolved grief may cause long-term emotional or physical pain. If you feel that you are not handling bereavement, it is advisable to seek professional help.

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Parenting

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“My children’s crying makes me very angry.”
“ I’m tired of caring for him. He just keeps getting sick!”
“ It’s painful to see my son locking himself up in the room all day long. He wouldn’t talk to me, I feel like an utter failure.”
by a mother with 2 kids

For working parents, there is a pressure to excel in work, being a good role model for your children while giving them everything you possibly can to ensure that they become a happy, healthy and successful individual. This pressure can easily lead to parental burnout.

People who undergo parental burnout may feel constantly exhausted, less competent in handling their children and less attached to your child or family members. Burnout is highly correlated to health problems, addiction and depression. It is best to seek professional help if you find yourself experiencing parental burnout.

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Sleep Problems

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Do you have poor quality of sleep, not enough sleep or simply unable to fall asleep as you wish to? Sleep problems significantly affect day time performance, chronic fatigue, physical health and emotional well-being. The most common sleep disorders include insomnia, breathing related sleep disorders, restless legs syndrome. It is important to examine the root causes of the sleep issues. Apart from neurobiological and sleep hygiene actors, stress or mood problems also may contribute to poor sleep quality. Good quality of sleep can vastly improve your quality of life. Do practice good sleep hygiene and it is always a good idea to consult with a counsellor. To find out the root causes and enhance your stress coping ability.

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Work Stress

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Work Stress and physical health go hand-in-hand. Unfortunately, it is all too common that we feel pressure from work. It may be due to fighting a deadline, working on a challenging task to handling complicated interpersonal issues. When a high stress level lasts for a long time, it will become damaging to our physical health and emotional well-being.

The following are some common work-related stressors:

  • Excessive workloads
  • Conflicts with co-workers
  • Job insecurity
  • Low salaries
  • Lack of challenges or personal growth opportunities
  • Meeting tight deadlines

Sometimes we cannot avoid the waves in the sea and the challenges encounter in the workplace, but finding a good counsellor can help us surf.

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Relationship conflicts

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“I don’t know how to speak constructively with my mother-in-law.”
“My husband and i do not bother to talk as our children grow up.”
“I don’t expect friendship from my colleagues, but the competition among us as colleagues has generated much suspicion in our collaboration that create too much stress.”
by a wife who is suffering

Understanding someone with a different personal history, raised relationship expectations, being overshadowed by another person’s experience, can be so difficult that you may need professional help in dealing with conflicts and mismatch of expectations, in a relationship at home, or at work.

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Life adjustments

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“I don’t know what to do after my university graduation, I feel so lost.”
by a fresh graduate

The top 2 life adjustments that create most stress are: death of significant others, and getting married. So, happy life changes can be very stressful too with many psychological reasons.

Changes in a role, means taking on new responsibilities and letting go of the pride, privileges, and benefits associated with previous roles, e.g., changing from a son to a husband. With our counsellors, we discuss the psychological reasons as to why certain benefits are very difficult for you to let go of, or responsibilities difficult to take up and help you adjust to the life changes you are facing.

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Mood disorders

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Almost all people will experience low mood or stress occasionally. It is also common that we tend to ignore the mood problems until it significantly impact on sleep, work and relationships. People with mood disorders, like depression or anxiety, tend to underperform at work/ school and have difficulty maintaining healthy relationships. Severe mood disorder may also increase the suicidal risk behaviour of an individual.

It is paramount importance that we have better understanding of the common mood disorders so that we can stay alert before the conditions worsen.

According to The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), there are 265 diagnoses. The common mood disorders include:

  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder

Our well-trained counsellors can provide individuals with evidence-based psychotherapy treatments to achieve recovery and rebuild a healthy mindset again.

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Health Issues

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I’ve been keeping up with my healthy living habits but my eczema is not getting better.
The going in and out of the hospital for my chemotherapy is depressing.
I can’t walk for too long now, my back hurts too much.
by a patient who suffer from long term illness

It is common to experience feelings of despair during a long-term illness. Our depressive feelings surface when we suffer pain, fatigue or limits on daily functions such as walking, eating and interacting with other people. Depression can worsen pain and fatigue and cause people to become withdrawn. This further aggravates the depression and impacts on recovery. It is important to note the vicious cycle of chronic illness and depression. If you suspect you might be depressed, do not hesitate to make an appointment with your doctor or speak to a counsellor. Early intervention can reduce stresses as well as risk of complications in your health conditions.

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