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As we know, most relationships need effort and commitment in order to have what it takes to go the distance as the time passes. In fact, one simple fact that causes many relationships not to last is because of “you are not sexually compatible”.

During the start of new relationship, couples are often taking things easily when both person are crazily in love. Unfortunately, it does not take long for reality to take place after the honeymoon period. Thus, if you are not sexually compatible, the relationship will be affected later if the issue is not addressed in the beginning.

Thus, it is very important that both partners to be honest with each other, especially in the early relationship and talks about how much one prioritise sex ideally, and how frequently they would prefer to have it.

In addition, when sexual incompatible takes place, couple should take actions to talk about it and find solutions instead of just let things slide off.


What are the various ways of self-harming?

• cutting yourself
• poisoning yourself
• over-eating or under-eating
• biting yourself
• picking or scratching at your skin
• burning your skin
• inserting objects into your body
• hitting yourself or walls
• overdosing
• exercising excessively
• pulling your hair
• getting into fights where you know you will get hurt

Who can you speak to?

There are many people that you can talk to about what you are experiencing, it is very important to tell someone that you feel comfortable with, such as family, friends, school counselors, or even social workers as they will be there to support you.


For more information, please visit

International Psychology Centre
11-1 Wisma Laxton, Jalan Desa,Taman Desa, 58100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03 2727 7434
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Self-Harm – What is it?

Self-harm is an action that an individual do to hurt oneself as a way of dealing with overwhelming feelings, painful memories, stress or very difficult experiences and situations. It is another action that people turn to when they feel that they do not have any other options.

Different people has different reasons to self-harm, such as ways to:

• express something that is hard to put into words
• turn invisible thoughts or feelings into something visible
• change emotional pain into physical pain
• reduce overwhelming emotional feelings or thoughts
• have a sense of being in control
• escape traumatic memories
• have something in life that they can rely on
• punish yourself for your feelings and experiences
• stop feeling numb, disconnected or dissociated
• create a reason to physically care for themselves
• express suicidal feelings and thoughts without taking their own life

Who can you speak to?

There are many people that you can talk to about what you are experiencing, it is very important to tell someone that you feel comfortable with, such as family, friends, school counselors, or even social workers as they will be there to support you.

For more information, please visit

International Psychology Centre
11-1 Wisma Laxton, Jalan Desa,Taman Desa, 58100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03 2727 7434
Email :


Sex is such a diverse thing, there’s no right way to have it and no one way of doing it. But it can play a big role underlying a relationship problem. Many men experience erectile dysfunction from time to time, this isn’t necessarily a cause for concern but if it keeps happening, it would be a sign of health issues: psychological or physical or both.

Erectile Dysfunction is the inability to get and keep an erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse. It’s also referred to as impotence.

Having erection trouble occasionally is common. But if Erectile Dysfunction is regular, it can cause stress, affect self-confidence and contribute to relationship problems. Problems getting or keeping an erection can also be a sign of an underlying health condition that needs to be addressed.

If you’re concerned about erectile dysfunction, don’t feel embarrassing to talk with your doctor and psychologist. Treating an underlying condition is important to reverse erectile dysfunction. It may involve nutritional medicine, sex and couple therapy.


What cause Erectile Dysfunction?
Erectile Dysfunction (ED) can be psychophysical event, which means it can be caused psychologically and physically.

Psychological problems – If you experience an erection problem in front of your partner, you may have performance anxiety and concern that it’ll happen again. This can lead to further anxiety and cause problems to erections. Or if your partner becomes critical and frustrated, it will be another stress to get your erection again.

Changes in libido – Sex hormone eg: Testosterone, DHEA and Progesterone, and neurotransmitters (brain chemicals): dopamine (which helps you experience pleasure) and PEA plays a critical role in libido. Deficiencies in these hormones and neurotransmitters may be associated with your ED. But low Testosterone is not the only reason of ED, it can be caused by chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, oxidation of cholesterol leading to hardening of the arteries, which in turn leads to low Testosterone.


Assessment & Treatment for ED
Laboratory tests – Male hormone test can be conducted to check the level of Testosterone and other hormone as well. Neurotransmitters test can be conducted to test Dopamine and PEA level. Oxidised LDL test can be conducted to check whether your cholesterol are hardening and blocking your arteries blood supply to your penis ( Nutritional therapy to supplement deficient hormones and neurotransmitters and reverse cholesterol hardening and oxidation can be taken up.


Couple Psychotherapy – ED is not easily to talk about, but not talking about it can bring a serious damage to relationship. Couple and sex therapy can be considered to open the line of communication to talk about ED and sexual problems to resolve them.
Seeking treatment from psychologists, sex and couple therapists for ED can improve a man’s sex life by restoring back his libido and interest in sex, leading to a satisfying and intimate relationship.

For more information, please visit

International Psychology Centre
11-1 Wisma Laxton, Jalan Desa,Taman Desa, 58100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03 2727 7434
Email :

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What is Anxiety Disorder ?

Anxiety is a common emotion we have everyday. It is natural body response to stress. This feeling is helping us to be more alert and prepare for action but when feelings of nervousness and worry become excessive, letting you feel difficult to control until overwhelmed, or even interfere with daily life, you may be experiencing an anxiety disorder.

Features of Anxiety Disorder 
The core features of Anxiety are excessive worry and fears, apprehensive about the outcome. It might come with physical symptoms such as trembling, heart racing, hot/cold sweat, dizziness and indigestion. It can be worse until you cannot go on with your daily routine.

Medication for Anxiety Disorder
Drugs for Anxiety Disorder are working on GABA, which is inhibitory neurotransmitter to help calming down the activity in the brain. Lack of GABA would lead to get anxious easily, unable to relax. The common drugs for Anxiety Disorder are benzodiazepines. It helps anxiety by binding on GABA receptors to reduce abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Benzodiazepines are very effective to relieve Anxiety quickly but in long term you will build tolerance and dependent on Benzodiazepines, eventually you will need more dosage or change drugs to feel the same effect. And if you stop taking them you need to deal with very unpleasant side effects.

Treatment for Anxiety Disorder
Biochemical laboratory tests – Neurotransmitter test is the best to investigate biochemical cause for Anxiety Disorder. It is evident that a lack of GABA, which is one of the brain neurotransmitter or brain chemical, was one of the causal factors for Anxiety. Neurotransmitter test not only just addressing the biological sign of your brain, it provides clues how to improve the biochemical with psychonutrition.

Psycho Nutritional Supplement – Psycho Nutritional Supplement can boost up the deficient neurotransmitter or bring down the exceed neurotransmitter, which leading to improve the mood without any side effect and dependency. In case of low GABA, giving GABA and L-Theanine is good enough to support GABA.

Psychotherapy – Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) is used to acknowledge the worry thinking in the mind, it is helpful to process the fear. Studied has proven EFT treatment able to relieve the intensity of Anxiety.


For more information, please visit


International Psychology Centre
11-1 Wisma Laxton, Jalan Desa,Taman Desa, 58100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03 2727 7434
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Ruby is a 32 years old female who has diagnosed Depression 5 years ago. She has been using anti depression psychotropic drugs since then but she increasingly found this medicine doesn’t work well for her anymore. In addition, she feels apathy, diminished interest to everything and gain weight. Over a few weeks later, she starts to feel that her life is totally worthless to the extent that she even wants to end her life to get rid of her suffering.

Many people often link Depression to sadness or down swings in mood. But these are normal reactions to life’s struggles, setbacks, and disappointments. Many people use the word “depression” to explain these kinds of feelings, but some people experience these feelings daily or nearly daily for no apparent reason, making it difficult to carry on with normal, everyday functioning.
Depression is a condition in which a person feels discouraged, sad, hopeless, unmotivated, or disinterested in life in general. When such feelings last for more than two weeks and when the feelings interfere with daily activities such as taking care of family, spending time with friends, or going to work or school, it’s likely a clinical depression.

Features of Depression
The core features of Depression are more than just sadness, and it varies from person to person. But if your symptoms occur frequently (three or more times a week, at least in two settings ie home and work), making you difficult to carry on your daily routine, you may suffer from Depression:
• Pessimism – see the future is hopeless and will only get worse
• Loss of pleasure – can’t get any pleasure from things used to enjoy
• Punishment feelings – feel being punished
• Suicide thoughts – would kill themselves if had the chance
• Agitation – restless ie: have to keep doing something
• Lost interest – hard to get interested in everything
• Worthlessness – feel utterly worthless


The common drugs for depression is selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), their mechanism is to block the reuptake of serotonin (a neurotransmitter that related to happiness) so that it leaves more serotonin to function for your brain. But this blocking is artificial and SSRI doesn’t help to produce more Serotonin, it will not help if you don’t have enough serotonin at the beginning; you will need higher and higher dosages and eventually it will stop working altogether. In addition, you would feel the side effect as well like nausea, headache, insomnia, diarrhea and decreased sexual desire. Once you decided to stop using antidepressants you need to deal with withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, mood swings and tremor.

Treatment for depression

Biochemical laboratory tests
Neurotransmitters test is the best way to investigate biochemical cause for depression. It is evident that a lack of serotonin, GABA and Noradrenalin which are some of the brain neurotransmitters or brain chemicals, are some of the causal factors for depression. Neurotransmitters test not only just inform the biological health status of your brain, it provides clues on how to improve the biochemical status of your brain with psychonutrition supplements.
PsychoNutritional Therapy
PsychoNutritional Therapy uses Psycho Nutritional Supplements which can boost up the deficient neurotransmitters or bring down the excessive neurotransmitters, which cause improvement in your mood without any side effects and addictive effects. In case of low Serotonin, giving 5 HTP and L-Tryptophan with other co factors such as Pyroxidal 5 phosphate are excellent to reverse low Serotonin level and complement well with Psychotherapy to treat depression effectively.

Psychotherapy such as Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) is used to identify the negative patterns in thinking and process unhealthy emotions to become healthy or adaptive emotions. Studies has shown EFT treatment able to reverse depression effectively.
Ruby had her neurotransmitters test which identified her deficiency for Serotonin, GABA and Noradrenalin for which she had psychonutritional therapy to complement 12 sessions of EFT psychotherapy. At the end of these therapies she was able to give up her psychotropic antidepressant medicine without any more withdrawal effects and was able to enjoy her relationship and work again.

For more information, please visit

International Psychology Centre
11-1 Wisma Laxton, Jalan Desa,Taman Desa, 58100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03 2727 7434
Email :


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Do you struggle to get to sleep no matter how tired you are?

Or do you wake up in the middle of the night and lie awake for hours, anxiously watching the clock?

If you do, you may suffer from Insomnia.

Insomnia is a very common sleep disorder that can make you hard to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep, or cause you to wake up too early and not be able to get back to sleep. As a result, you may get too little sleep and feel tired when you wake up. Insomnia can take a serious toll on your mental and physical health, leading to memory problems, high blood pressure, weight gain, and impacting your immune system. Insomnia can also pressure you into relying on sleeping pills, sleep aids, or alcohol to help you sleep—which in the long-run only makes your sleep problems worse.

The causes of Insomnia include:
• Excessive worry over a stressful life event (health issues, relationship difficulties, job difficulties)
• Too much caffeine, alcohol, or nicotine
• Keeping an irregular sleep schedule (going to bed or waking up much later or earlier on some days than others)
• Stress too much about not being able to fall asleep
• Jet lag

Insomnia can also occur as a result of certain medical conditions, including:
• Mental health problems (depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder)
• Medical conditions that cause pain (arthritis, vertebral stenosis)
• Neurotransmitters and hormonal imbalances (low GABA, melatonin and serotonin; excessive stress hormones: cortisol and adrenalin)
• Other sleep disorders (sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, periodic limb movements)

Don’t resign yourself to sleepless nights. You can seek help from a psychologist trained also in nutritional medicine to help your sleep difficulties. Addressing the underlying causes eg doing a neurotransmitters and hormone tests (see which will inform on necesssary natural nutritional medicine needs (see and making changes to your thinking, emotional patterns, lifestyle, daily habits, and sleep environment through psychotherapy and counseling with a professional psychologist can help to overcome sleep disorders and you will be able to enjoy a good night’s sleep again.

Welcome to our public talk: Sleep Soundly Again
Date : June 17th 2017 (Saturday)
Time: 10am – 11am
Fees : RM 98
Venue : International Psychology Centre
11-1 Wisma Laxton, Jalan Desa,Taman Desa, 58100 Kuala Lumpur.
For enquiry please contact Chloe: +603 2727 7434
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