10 Common Mental Health Issues Addressed by Counsellors

A person sitting and looking upset due to suffering from a common mental health issue.

Mental health is a big part of our lives. The state of our mind can affect how we think, feel, and handle situations every day.  

Just like anyone can catch the flu, anyone can face mental health issues, too.  

In this article, let us explore the 10 common mental health issues. Some of these include anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD, and trauma.  

We also share how TYHO counsellors in Singapore can help you manage these common mental health issues.  

10 Common Mental Health Issues

1. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ADHD is when a person finds it hard to pay attention, stay still, or control their actions more than other people their age.  

People with ADHD have unique symptoms, and the signs can differ based on factors such as cultural upbringing, environment, etc. Some might have trouble focusing, while others might be very active or engage in impulsive behaviours.  

Counsellors in Singapore can help people with ADHD. Counsellors use approaches like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to help improve attention and control over actions. 

Learning how to manage ADHD can make life easier at school, work, and home.   

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2. Eating Disorders

Eating disorders cause distress due to disorders and unhealthy relationships with food and one’s own body image.  

If you have an eating disorder, you may suffer from several types of symptoms such as: 

  • Behavioural symptoms 
  • Emotional symptoms 
  • Physical symptoms 

Moreover, risk factors such as weight bullying, body image issues, and beauty standards can further worsen the symptoms.  

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During counselling in Singapore, you can expect to: 

  • Heal from your disordered eating 
  • Develop a positive self-image 
  • Regain healthy eating habits  

At TYHO, we offer the below counselling services to help you cope with an eating disorder: 

Counsellors might also use effective therapeutic tools to help you think differently about food and yourself.  

A person sitting at a table, struggling to decide between a plate of salad and a plate of burgers, indicates a common mental health issue.

3. Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa is a common mental health issue where someone doesn’t eat enough because they fear gaining weight.  

Anyone, regardless of their age, ethnicity, or sex, can suffer from anorexia nervosa 

People with anorexia see themselves as overweight, even if they are very thin. They eat extremely less and can become dangerously underweight.  

This condition also affects how people see themselves and their bodies.  

Getting help from professional counsellors is important for recovery. Counsellors in Singapore can offer support and personalised therapeutic plans to help someone start to eat more and feel better about themselves. 

4. Anxiety Disorder

Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a common mental health issue where someone worries too much about several aspects of life, such as: 

  • Health 
  • Work 
  • Relationships 

The persistent worry is so strong that it can make daily tasks harder to accomplish and affect a person’s interpersonal relationships. 

Although GAD is a long-term condition, TYHO Therapists can help you in managing and overcoming anxiety.  

Therapists may use expert tools to help you: 

Therapy can also help in improving relationships with family, work colleagues, and friends.  

5. Social Anxiety

Social anxiety disorder is a common mental health issue and involves intense fear of social situations.  

Some of the common symptoms include:  

  • Fear of being judged or embarrassed in public 
  • Avoiding social gatherings 
  • Difficulty speaking in groups 
  • Fear of meeting new people 
  • Worrying for days before a social event 

Counsellors at TYHO use scientific tools such as solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) to help clients: 

  • Identify emotional and social triggers 
  • Overcome negative thinking patterns 
  • Develop solutions to overcome social anxiety 

Seeking help from a counsellor in Singapore can significantly improve confidence and reduce the impact of social anxiety on daily life. 

6. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

OCD is a common mental health issue where people may have unwanted thoughts (ie obsessions) and engage in compulsive behaviours to cope with the thoughts (ie compulsions).   

Symptoms include: 

  • Constant, intrusive thoughts 
  • Repeatedly checking things (like locks or stove) 
  • Excessive cleaning or handwashing 
  • Arranging items in a specific way 
  • Repeating actions a certain number of times 

Based on the specific type of OCD, your counsellor in Singapore may help you overcome and resist the compulsions.  

Counselling can be crucial in managing OCD and improving quality of life.

7. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is a common mental health issue and can occur after and during a traumatic event.   

Symptoms include: 

  • Vivid flashbacks of the trauma 
  • Severe anxiety and constant alertness 
  • Nightmares and disturbed sleep 
  • Avoidance of anything related to the trauma 

Counsellors at TYHO use several types of trauma-informed approaches to help you process and heal from your trauma.  

Using techniques like exposure therapy, your counsellor may help you address your trauma to gradually reduce the fear in a controlled environment.  

8. Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a common mental health issue characterised by extreme mood swings. The disorder includes two major types of moods: mania and depression.   

Common symptoms include: 

  • High energy and euphoria during manic phases 
  • Impulsive or reckless behaviours 
  • Deep sadness and lack of energy during depressive phases 
  • Difficulty in concentrating and making decisions 

Counsellors in Singapore may use cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to help: 

  • Change your negative thought patterns 
  • Control and manage your emotions 
  • Improve romantic relationships 
  • Improve relationships with your family members 
A person struggling to concentrate at work due to a common mental health issue.

9. Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

BPD is a common mental health issue that can cause emotional dysregulation (ie unable to manage or control emotions) and affect relationships.   

Symptoms include:  

  • Fear of abandonment 
  • Intense, unstable relationships 
  • Impulsive actions 
  • Extreme emotional swings 
  • Chronic feelings of emptiness 
  • Self-harm or suicidal behaviour 

Counsellors use proven techniques such as dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) to improve emotional regulation.  

Importantly, through tools such as DBT and CBT, you may learn how to manage your emotions, replace negative thoughts, and improve your relationships.  

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10. Addictions

Addiction (ie substance and non-substance) is a common mental health issue that involves a compulsive need for substances or engaging in harmful behaviours despite harmful consequences.  

Common symptoms include:  

  • Craving the substance or behaviour 
  • Loss of control over usage 
  • Withdrawal symptoms when trying to quit 
  • Neglecting responsibilities and relationships 

Counsellors may use SFBT to identify triggers and develop effective solutions to overcome addiction.  

Based on the type of addiction (ie substance and non-substance), your counsellor may choose one or several tools to help you. 

Visit our Singapore counsellors page to seek help today.  

You are not alone! 

 

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