This is a question that may seem simple at first, but it’s one that a lot of people struggle with even late into their adult life. It is not just a philosophical question, but also intensely practical because our lives are defined by the choices we make.Read more
This is a question that many people will have already asked, or will eventually ask about themselves. For most of us, we know the kind of success we want for ourselves, and that’s where a lot of the problems begin. Read more
The future is something we have no choice but to move towards. For most of us, there is a certain amount of uncertainty and certainty to our future. While we may not know some things, we can expect other things to be reasonably constant.
Fear and anxiety are sometimes thought to be different things but it might be more helpful to think of anxiety as a fear of future events. It may seem silly to think of yourself as being afraid something that may or may not happen, but It manifests as worry and can produce intense conditions.Read more
Anxiety disorders are some of the most common mental illness affecting millions of people yet many people don’t realise they have it. People also tend to think that if they ignore it long enough, it will go away.
Nightmares are common. They are generally unpleasant but can be forgotten and ignored once you wake up. What is a sign of some bigger problem is when the nightmares are persistent or recurring.
The global pandemic didn’t just bring disease, it has stopped major trade and businesses, cities and countries have shut down, and personal liberties that we once enjoyed have been temporarily curtailed. People have been faced with months of social isolation, experiencing anxiety over their future, and many may be facing financial difficulties.
Suffice to say, things are not looking good in the world right now. Read more
With the lock down being slowly lifted, there is a sense of relief that you can sense in people. After two or three months of people being stuck at home, most people have only had contact with their immediate family, or just their pets; and in the case of those who live alone, they have themselves.
During this period of lock down, no doubt many people had enough time to ruminate about their fears over money, their health and well-being, as well as uncertainty over their future and what is to come. Some may have been stuck with people they don’t get along with, or have faced domestic violence. So the easing of lock downs must come with some great degree of relief for millions of people across the country.
You might have sensed this great sigh of relief, and even excitement. You’ll be able to see your friends and colleagues, chit chat with people again, go to the store, go shopping, eat out, and slowly, try to rebuild your life so it goes back to being as normal as it once used to be.
At the same time, this is also when you might sense something off about people. Perhaps it is the way they are jumping too enthusiastically back into social life, trying to compensate for lost time and putting themselves at risk. Perhaps you are seeing your family and friends taking risks that they don’t need to take in public by meeting large groups of other people when they aren’t supposed to. Just as worrying may be the people you see who refuse to go back out because it’s still too dangerous. There may be people who may feel apathetic and couldn’t care about easing of restrictions.
It’s very possible that a lot of otherwise normal people with normal lives are going to be suffering some type of trauma even if they never displayed any symptoms of it during the lock down period. You might have already started to see this in those around you or your friends who you have talked via video chat or other means. This extended isolation and worldwide pandemic takes a mental and emotional toll on people and over time can change their views about the world, their community, and even change the way they think about themselves in terms of their place in the world and their mortality.
This trauma may not be easy to see because it is hidden behind every day behaviour that is otherwise normal. Wanting to see your friends and family is perfectly normal, but rushing to do so may be reckless.
Recklessness might be a sign that something is not right, or is it just pent up excitement?
Is someone deciding to be reclusive just a sign of continuing cautiousness or is it a deeper problem that needs to be looked into and addressed?
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People have now endured over 2 months of lockdowns and even longer adhering to social distancing rules. This has not come without personal cost. Some may be suffering from overwhelming anxiety about their future, health, or finance. Some people may lash out, while others may end up feeling intensely lonely and isolated. You may know people directly affected by some of all of these issues, and you may want to help them in some way.
Have you ever thought to yourself, “What if I am the one who needs help?” Read more
In the months of being cooped up at home, mental health professionals predicted an increase in the number of cases of domestic violence, loneliness, and depression. In Singapore, it looks like these predictions have turned up true, with many counselling centres receiving sustained increase in the number of calls from people seeking counselling. Other areas of concern include financial worries, and anxiety about an unstable or unknown future. Read more