Anxiety is described as feelings of tension and concern, and it can be part of a normal process in life. However, if anxiety becomes severe, it may impair one’s daily functioning. On 24th February 2021, the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences (SLAS) hosted a public webinar titled ‘Butterflies in the Stomach: Panic Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder' to help people understand the distinctions between day-to-day emotions and clinical anxiety. This webinar aimed to educate on the symptoms of anxiety disorder, differences between normal anxiety and clinical anxiety, as well as ways to manage anxiety.
Ms. Sam Jeng Mun, Senior Lecturer and Clinical Psychologist at Taylor's University, started the webinar by addressing Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Mr. Alvin Tan Kuan Sean, Director and Clinical Psychologist at People Psychological Solutions, then discussed Panic Disorder the panel speakers then introduced the diagnostic criteria of both anxiety disorders, followed by understanding how anxiety diagnosis is made. The panel speakers shared their experiences of dealing with cases that are related to anxiety. Finally, some practical techniques, skills and resources were shared on managing anxiety. In this webinar, the Master of Ceremony was Ying Jin Rong, a student in the Bachelor of Psychology programme.
The webinar was well-received by the general public. During the question-and-answer session, there were several questions ranging from recognising and understanding signs to dealing with anxiety in children and adults. According to the panelists, anxiety in children is very common these days, and an examination of the disorder is needed before confirming the diagnosis and treatment plans. The participants gained a greater understanding and insight into the two anxiety disorders. SLAS would like to express its profound appreciation to the external speaker, Mr. Alvin Tan Kuan Sean, for devoting his time and sharing valuable perspectives based on his experience and practices.