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Anxiety

Susannah

Susannah
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There are two kinds of anxiety and three ways to treat it. Situational anxiety comes from stress that is going on right at the moment and was triggered by some current event. A car accident or death in the family. This is treated by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy [CBT] which focuses on changing how you think about what just happened. You accept what happened. You pray. You meditate. You look at the bright side, etc. For more about this see Feeling Good by Burns.

Anxiety that is related to past events like childhood trauma, PTSD, chronic stress, etc is called residual anxiety. It lies in wait like a tiger ready to leap. Then it pops up when you least expect it. Then it leaks out every waking moment. Then you develop physical symptoms like headaches, shaking hands etc. Eventually it is going on while you are sleeping so the moment you wake up the physical symptoms are right there. Finally, it ruins your life. You can’t work. You can’t socialize. You get depressed. You get suicidal.

At first it this is treated in therapy. Not just any kind of therapy, but transpersonal therapy which is using your faith to process old wounds. In ths kind of therapy you:

Identify what happened in the past and is now in your sub-conscious.
Identify the feelings that went with it [anxiety, depression, anger, fear, etc.].
Talk about this.
Write about this.
Feel the emotion without distraction for a brief time. Own it.
Surrender it to God. Let it go.
Move on

This process take awhile and has to be repeated every so often. You cannot do it alone.

If this does not work you have to consider medication.

Susannah’s Story

have suffered from anxiety since I was four years old and my mother went into a mental institution and I was put on a plane by myself and flown L.A. to stay with a rather frightening grandmother. I can see the pain on my face in old photographs of myself taken while I was growing up. Over the years, I used mood-altering experiences, such as eating, getting drunk, and falling in love, to ease the pain. Eventually, these experiences stopped working and the anxiety overwhelmed me. I became suicidal.

When I got into therapy and joined a support group, I felt better. As I worked through childhood issues, began to love myself, and found the joy of spirituality, the pain eased and I thought I would never be anxious again.
Then, in 1990, I was struck down with a debilitating anxiety attack. It came out of nowhere. I didn’t understand it at first, but every day when I woke up in the morning I cried because I didn’t want to face the day. I didn’t know what was happening.

I went back to therapy and tried to do more grief work. I continued my re-parenting. I also pushed myself to go to my support group and to show up at work. The anxiety grew worse, and eventually the pain was so bad that I wanted to die. I was tired all the time because I couldn’t sleep. My appetite went away, and I lost a lot of weight. Eventually, my body was under so much stress that I broke out in hives. I was covered with huge welts. The hives worsened and my eyes and lips became hideously swollen. Then the histamine under my skin turned bloody. Steroids helped a little, but nothing took away the problem.

Eventually, I collapsed from all of the stress and my doctor sent me to see a psychopharmacologist— a psychiatrist who approaches emotional disorders with drugs to correct abnormal or faulty body chemistry.

I remember getting a minor traffic ticket while driving to his office. I started crying and couldn’t stop. When I arrived at the therapist’s office I was a mess. I was prepared to talk about my problems with this new therapist. However, he didn’t want to hear the story of my life; he just wanted to ask me some questions. I answered them and he looked at me with great tenderness in his eyes. He said, “Susan, I believe your problem is chemical. I don’t think talk therapy is going to help you this time.”

The doctor then gave me an article about clinical anxiety. I resisted the idea of being clinically ill, although my family had a history of this problem. I absolutely did not want to take medication because both my mother and sister had become addicted to narcotics prescribed by a doctor. (Later I learned that they had become addicted to painkillers in an attempt to mask their anxiety and depression.)

Because I was afraid of medication, I suffered for a few more weeks. Then, one day I couldn’t stand it anymore. With tears in my eyes, I called my doctor and agreed to give the medication a try.

If the medication had not worked so quickly, I would have suspected that my condition had improved on its own without intervention. However, within days of taking the medication, I was sleeping through the night. The hives disappeared and I came alive again. I was not high, I just felt good because my body was not in so much pain. And I was ready to go back to growing and changing.

Today, I understand anxiety in all its many forms, and I realize that different kinds of anxiety require different treatments. I also understand that anxiety is the enemy of change and must be worked through in one way or another.
 

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