The Mind Up team has a commitment to personal growth and mental health in a warm and safe environment. Our services cover the following areas:
Anxiety is a normal emotion. It is the mind’s way of reacting to stress. It is quite normal to feel anxious occasionally. A continuous and intense feeling of anxiety, on the other hand, could be a sign of mental disorder.
A feeling of sadness and lack of interest that lasts for many days to weeks. It affects the daily functioning of a person. A person with depression could be experiencing irritability, weight gain or loss, tiredness, gloom and some other symptoms.
Stress and burnout
Stress is the reaction to anything that causes frustration or anger. Too much stress could lead to burnout. Burnout is the feeling of complete mental, physical and emotional exhaustion. In a workplace environment, burnout could be manifested by disinterest to the job.
Problems between two persons typically caused by differing behaviours, dissatisfaction, trust issues, and the like. Outside factors could also contribute to relationship difficulties. Work pressure, family members, and sometimes affairs.
Children’s mental health
The capacity to attain and keep an excellent psychological function and state of wellbeing. Good mental health in children will enable them to cope with changes that can happen to their lives. Proper nutrition, a strong support system, time for learning and play, all contribute to good mental health in children.
A constant and exaggerated worry about issues like health, work, family, finances and other regular life events. Persons with generalized anxiety usually perceive a negative outcome. Anxiety dominates a person’s mind in such a way that it interferes with daily activities.
Being uncomfortable in a social situation is normal. We all felt nervous when meeting new people or speaking to a room full of people. Social anxiety is when those situations cause an overly huge amount of stress, making them feel too much. This could lead to overall avoidance of all forms of social contact.
A sudden intense feeling of fear or discomfort with no real danger or source, sometimes triggered by specific events. Panic attacks are alarming in that one might think a heart attack is happening, or worse, death is looming. Recurring episodes of panic attacks can significantly change your quality of life.
An overwhelming and irrational fear of an object, place or situation. Most of the time the imagined threat is greater than the actual hazard presented. Having specific phobias will cause a person to avoid these triggering factors.
An obsessive worrying about getting a serious medical condition. A person with health anxiety usually imagines having symptoms of the particular illness. Health anxiety is also believing that minor body conditions are symptoms of serious medical problems. This mental condition could take over a person’s life.
While being a perfectionist is a good trait, it could also lead to a negative outlook. A person with unhealthy perfectionism, for example, has a great fear of failure which ultimately leads to procrastination, low self-esteem and unworthiness.
A lifelong process of improving oneself in different aspects of life. It entails personal assessment of skills and qualities needed to achieve maximum potential and self-fulfilment.
Women’s health issues
There are health issues that are unique to women. Also, there may be health issues common to both men and women but affect women differently and require specific treatment.
Trauma and PTSD
Trauma is a mental disorder caused by an unpleasant event. The event could have been witnessed or undergone by the individual. It is an event that occurred at a certain time and the individual navigates through it in his or her own cadence. PTSD on the other hand is a long-term, recurring flashback of a traumatic event causing deterioration of life.
Support for abusive relationships
Having problems in the relationship is common and can be usually settled by understanding and compromise among the parties involved. When one is having power or control over the other though, this is a very strong sign of an abusive relationship. One must know when to get out.
Job or study dissatisfaction
There are many factors for job or study dissatisfaction and these need to be realised.
Issues at school can impede a student’s learning capability and wellbeing. Some of these issues could be bullying, peer pressure, relationships with fellow learners and teachers. These issues should be recognized and students should feel that support is available for them.
A sexual act or behavior done without clear consent to a person. Victims of sexual abuse usually feel uncomfortable and scared, and therefore difficulty in talking about the incident. They need to know that they don’t have to live with it on their own.
A condition related to incessant eating habits that have negative effects on a person’s health. Most people with this disorder have misconceptions about their body weight. This could lead to improper nutrition.
Body image and appearance related concerns
Being comfortable with your own body is important to your wellbeing. Healthy is good but being overly obsessed with your body will lead to risk of mental health like depression and stress.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder
A condition where one focuses too much on a minor flaw in one’s appearance, even if in most cases it is just a perceived flaw. The condition could cause distress leading to withdrawal from social instances to hide that imperfection.
Men’s mental health
Both men and women are susceptible to mental health issues that need to be supported but in general men have a more difficult time opening up about it. One reason for this could be the social stigma that dictates men to be the stronger sex. This is difficult since statistics show that men are more at risk of attempting suicide than women.
Pre and postnatal mental health
Having a baby is a life changing event. Different ranges of emotions are naturally expected on the mother. Support is needed when these emotions start to have a negative effect in the mother’s life which might also negatively impact the baby’s growth.
Grief and loss
Grief is the natural reaction to loss. It’s the overwhelming sadness one feels after something or someone is no longer present in one’s life. There are different ways to handle grief and different durations of the feeling.
It is a deep feeling of being unloved or being inept at doing things, creating a lack of confidence in one’s abilities or personality. Having a low self-esteem makes one super sensitive to criticism, most of the time they’re self-criticism – being too harsh on one’s self.
Adjustment to stressful life changes
Life changes can happen to anyone: moving to a new neighbourhood, divorce, death of a spouse. These can be stressful events that could be difficult to adapt to.
A way of blocking too much stress or traumatic experiences. The mind detaches itself from an overly unpleasant memory. This condition can last between hours to years and can disrupt different areas of mental functionality.
Drug and alcohol issues
Drug and alcohol dependency affects the brain and behavior. This condition creates the uncontrollable urge to use those substances despite the dangers that accompany them. The dependency eventually leads to physical and mental deterioration.
Usually begins during childhood, this condition can sometimes go undiagnosed into adulthood. This exhibits as behaviour or emotional reactions that are not the accepted norms.
Extreme and mood changes on the emotional spectrum, from the emotional highs to the lows. These sudden mood swings can affect regular activities, sleeping and energy level of the person. It also affects behavior and proper judgement.
Borderline personality disorder
The feeling of instability usually in relationships, behaviour, moods, perceptions and even identity. The condition causes impulsive actions detrimental to forming relationships.
Wellbeing and self-care
The state of being free of illness in body and mind. As individuals, we have different needs. Take action to maintain good physical and mental health especially in these rapidly changing times.
The condition that prevents the ability to sleep well on a regular basis. This could be caused by many factors including stress, lifestyle and others. A good sleep promotes good health since it positively affects hormone levels, weight and mood. Sleep deprivation on the other hand can lead to other health problems.
Anger is a normal, healthy human emotion. It becomes a problem when it becomes a regular reaction that causes harm to others and even one’s self. Too much anger or getting angry quickly can destroy relationships and even impair judgement.
One of the most essential skills to have. Communication skills are not only facilitating the transfer of information but also knowing the appropriate way of doing so depending on the situation. It is a two-way channel and good communication skills enables one to comprehend properly the information received.
Identity or finding one’s self is part of growing up. There are times when a person struggles to find his or her own identity that may lead to mental health issues like anxiety or depression.
This affects the way your brain handles information. One can lose touch of reality in that one might see, hear or believe things other people cannot. Psychosis develops from mental illnesses or stress, just to name a few.
Obsessions and compulsions
These are worry thoughts that can consume a person to the point where it interferes with their daily lives. These can be continued, repeated actions that become sort of like rituals. One probably is aware that these rituals are irrational but still cannot resist doing them.
Chronic illness and pain
A constant illness can be stressful on a person. It can affect one’s daily activities causing stress, fatigue and a change in someone’s appearance. This change can affect relationships with other people like family and friends.
A carer has a lot of responsibilities to manage. Looking after the needs of others can take most of your time and be stressful. One will also need time and support in managing stress and maintaining good mental health.
Sexuality and sexual development
A proper support leads to a healthy sexual development. Sexual development occurs within the person and one’s interactions with others and the environment.
Terminal illness and end of life issues
The late stages of life can cause extreme challenges and emotions. There is a need for support to handle the reality and provide comfort to the terminally ill.
A family is the most basic unit in the community. It’s more than a group of people sharing the same home or genetics. The family is also the basic source of support and love but conflicts do arise within it.
Raising children is a huge responsibility. Decisions are to be made regarding care, schooling, discipline, safety and a lot more. These can cause stress and mental breakdowns when not properly supported.
An intensive but usually short learning program for a rather small group of people that focuses on imparting techniques and skills in any particular field.
This is not limited only to married couples but any two persons experiencing conflict. They could be family members or colleagues at work. This form of counselling should give clarity on the issue involved and the changes each party desires.
Internet and gaming addiction
These are current sources of entertainment but can take hold of one’s life if not kept in check. When progressive increase in time is spent on the internet or gaming, it becomes an addiction and could potentially ruin relationships with family and friends.