What Causes Anxiety?
– Family background – overly protective, critical, or perfectionistic families
– Early life trauma of abuse, separation, or neglect
– Cumulative stress – accidents, weddings, births, moves, financial problems
– Genetic make-up – certain chemical imbalances in the brain
– Your attitudes and beliefs about the world, yourself and God
– The way you talk to yourself in your mind
– Lack of meaning or purpose in life
– Abusing alcohol and other drugs
There Are Different Anxiety Disorders:
– Panic Disorder
– Panic Attacks
– Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
– Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
– Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Did You Know:
One in four people have an anxiety disorder.
One in ten people have a form of a phobia.
One in 50 people have OCD.
Anxiety & depression often exist together.
Anxiety may cause significant changes in how your body functions.
Anxiety does not discriminate; children as well as the elderly can experience anxiety.
Men experience anxiety differently than women.
God’s Word, the Bible, provides direction for dealing with anxiety.
There is hope and help for those suffering from anxiety.
What Are The Signs Of Anxiety?
Check any of the following classic anxiety symptoms that apply to you:
– Racing heart, heart palpitations
– Chest pain or discomfort
– Trouble breathing
– Shaking or trembling
– Trouble swallowing or a choking feeling
– Upset stomach
– Fear of losing control
– Feeling like you are going to die
– Muscle tension
– Difficulty sleeping
– Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
– Restlessness and/or irritability
If you checked four or more of these symptoms, you may have a problem with anxiety.
Common Characteristics of Anxiety Sufferers:
– Trying to impress other people
– Being perfectionist
– Using alcohol to calm down
– Feeling afraid but don’t know why
– Feeling unworthy of God’s love
– Feeling no one could really love you
– Feeling guilty for things that are not your fault
– Afraid to let others really know you
– Frequent feeling of inadequacy
Words to Avoid Using With An Anxiety Sufferer:
– Just pull yourself together.
– Just relax.
– Stop worrying.
– Just ignore your problems.
– Snap out of it.
– Take a vacation, you’ll feel better.
– Just have more faith, or pray more.
– Your problems aren’t so bad. You should be able to cope.
– Is God punishing you for some sin?
Counseling Can Help You:
– Learn how to manage your anxiety.
– Learn relaxation techniques to help control your anxiety.
– Become aware of the thought patterns that play a role in your anxiety.
– Learn to make your self-talk more positive and realistic.
– Gain a closer relationship with God.
– Understand that you may need to take medication for awhile.
What Can You Do:
– See a doctor and get a complete physical examination. Make sure that these symptoms are not a potentially serious medical condition.
– Find a professional counselor you trust.
– Talk to one of our Pastoral Counselors
– Share your feelings with a trusted friend.
– Improve your health with good nutrition, proper rest and regular exercise.
– Learn to enjoy life. Relax!
– Avoid stressful situations when possible.
– Learn to say “No” to extra pressures.
– Set realistic goals. Be kind to yourself.
– Seek help from God, your church, prayer and the Bible.
Anxiety is an emotional and physical response to a vague, uncontrollable, or uncertain event. You may have the vague feeling that “something bad is going to happen.” Worry concentrates more on specific events in our life.
The Bible says in Philippians 4: 6 – 7, Do not be anxious about anything but let the peace of God guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Soul Clinic Pastoral Counseling works to help people learn how to do just that and find the peace you need in your life.
While that might sound impossible, the Bible says in Luke 1:37, “…nothing is impossible with God.”