Monday, February 28, 2011

Anxiety-What is it?

People relate to each other according to their own experiences.  If you have never experienced anxiety or depression it can be hard to know what to say to those who are.  Depression and anxiety seem to be a double sided coin.  Most who have had to deal with depression end up having at least some anxiety.  Those who deal with anxiety usually have to deal with depressionl.   
How is anxiety different from depression?

People who are anxious have feelings of fear, nervousness, and are apprehensive.  Those who are depressed feel empty, alone and sad

Anxiety causes one to always feel uptight.  They have tense muscles, heart palpitations, nausea, diarrhea and a general feeling of agitation.  Like an animal in a cage or a garment being tossed about in a washing machine.

Depression slows you down, makes you feel tired and sleepy.  You feel as if you are in slow motion all the time.  You may say to yourself  "will this ever go away?"

An anxious person will always be on the edge of their seat, easily startled.  You may become an perfectionist and worry if you can do the job right.

Those who are depressed will slump.  They don't have the energy to sit up straight.  They are no longer interested in hobbies they once enjoyed.

Anxiety causes one to have a very real fear of death.  They may think of it often, but they do not think of suicide.  They are afraid that they are not ready to meet God.  They will often stay home for fear of an accident.  They constantly worry what will happen to them, where will they do, what will their family do.....if they die.

Those who are deeply depressed only think of dieing.  They believe that is all that is left for them and its the only way to stop feeling so bad.  Those who are depressed often think of suicide.  They just want it all to go away.

Over the next few days I hope to be posting more about anxiety and depression.  I hope to take a Biblical look at it and see what we can do to overcome or help those we love to overcome these two debilitating issues.

Please feel free to comment or ask a question.  If you would are more comfortable with a private discussion email me

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