Christian Anxiety Disorder Treatment
The National Institute of Mental Health keeps statistics on all reported cases of anxiety disorders. According to its numbers, 18.1 percent of the adult population in the United States dealt with anxiety in the past 12 months, and around 4.1 percent of the population battled severe anxiety. Since 83 percent of Americans reportedly identify as Christians, there is obviously some overlap between people suffering from anxiety and people who are Christian.
Philippians 4 tells us not to “be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Some Christians take these verses to mean people of strong faith don’t deal with anxiety or that they aren’t afflicted with anxiety disorders. That’s simply not true.
Anxiety itself is part of the human condition. The gospel writers all express some fear and anxiety in their stories. Peter was a bastion of it at times, and King David wrote about it in his Psalms. Even Jesus displayed some symptoms of anxiety as he prayed in the garden before he was arrested.
Anxiety disorders are an extreme and uncontrolled version of anxiety, and they go well beyond the daily fears and worries that most people experience. If situational anxiety is normal, being unable to control a serious anxiety disorder – even with prayer or faith – is also normal.
If you are dealing with anxiety that you can’t control or your anxiety has begun to interfere with your ability to function in daily life, then it might be time to reach out for help. Yes, prayer and petition to God is a strong tool for anyone, but you might also want to consider talking to professionals about proven behavioral and medical health treatments. Just as you wouldn’t forsake medical care for a physical illness, you shouldn’t forsake mental health care for an anxiety disorder.
For more information about compassionate, Christian-lead treatment for anxiety, call us at (844)402-3605. We always answer your call, and calls are free and confidential.
What is anxiety, and what is an anxiety disorder?
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?" Matthew 6:25
It’s clear from the Bible that God knew anxiety would be a regular part of human life. The verses from Matthew that tell us to look to the birds and lilies are just one example of Scripture that urges us to worry less and pray more. Faith can be a huge help when dealing with occasional anxiety, such as when you are facing an issue at work, trying to make an important decision or dealing with a stressful situation.
Anxiety is the feelings you get in such situations – you might feel nervous, not at ease, paranoid or have discomfort in your stomach or other areas of your body. All of this reflects normal – and healthy – bodily reaction to stress. Anxiety disorders, however, go beyond these temporary and occasional feelings.
The National Institute of Mental Health notes that someone with an anxiety disorder is unable to dispel the anxiety and the symptoms don’t go away over time. In fact, when left untreated, they can become even worse. Some types of anxiety disorder include:
- Generalized anxiety disorder, which usually relates to excessive general anxiety that is present for weeks or months
- Panic disorder, which comes with recurrent and severe panic attacks
- Social anxiety disorder, which relates to fears of being in social situations
What causes anxiety disorder?
Medical science doesn’t yet have all the answers about the cause of anxiety disorders, but research has noted a genetic risk factor for some disorders, which can run in families. Other anxiety disorders might be caused or triggered by traumatic events. Risk factors for certain disorders include brain chemistry, personality, environment and genetics. Drug use can also lead to anxiety disorders.
Signs of anxiety disorder
The signs of an anxiety disorder differ from person to person depending on the situation and the type of disorder that is present. Some general signs that might indicate someone is dealing with an anxiety disorder might include:
- Inability to sleep or being easily tired
- Irritability and nervousness
- Muscle tension
- Problems concentrating
- Sudden onset of intense paranoia or fear, especially when life-threatening situations are not present
- Feelings of being out of control
- Inability to control or redirect negative thoughts or worries
- Being afraid people are judging you
- Inability to enjoy the company of others
- Inability to engage in new situations because of fear or worry
If you are dealing with some of these symptoms, don’t keep worrying on your own. Not only is this type of anxiety bad for your health, but it can also lead to relationship and career problems. Call us today at (844)402-3605 to find out how our caring Christian staff can help you face your anxiety disorder.
Anxiety disorders often show up alongside other mental health or substance abuse disorders, which can make treating them complex. Some diagnosis that commonly occur with anxiety include:
- Substance abuse disorder or addiction
- Personality disorders
Our staff is experienced in treating a wide range of diagnoses, and we have specific tools that we can use to help you deal with anxiety in relation to any other issues you might be struggling with.
Christ-centered anxiety treatment for anxiety disorders
Jesus says to come to him to seek rest, and we believe that he does grant that rest. It doesn’t always work out exactly how you might think in this world, though, and as long as you are living in a broken world, rest isn’t forever – and you wouldn’t want it to be. There is too much to experience in life to rest the entire time – we’re sure you have dreams, plans or just some ideas about where you want to go or what you want to do.
Our Christ-centered anxiety treatment facility lets you get the rest you need while working on your anxiety disorder so that you can move on to a more abundant life.
We work with you through individual and group therapy, recreational and social activities, medical treatment, and education to address your anxiety disorder and help you develop coping and life skills that will serve you as you take the next step with your recovery.
Having a full life despite anxiety disorders
Inpatient treatment can be extremely beneficial to anyone dealing with anxiety disorders. It lets you put a protective wall between you and the world so you can explore your feelings and mental state appropriately. Our staff keeps you comfortable and safe 24 hours a day for this purpose.
Once you reach a place where inpatient treatment is no longer the best option, we help you step down to an appropriate level of care. That might include partial hospitalization, outpatient treatment, individual therapy or group aftercare.
Proverbs 12:25 says that “anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.” While a kind word certainly doesn’t treat full-blown anxiety disorder, surrounding yourself with understanding, supportive people after you leave treatment is one of the best ways to ensure ongoing success.
If you are tired of struggling with constant fears and worries, now is the time to act. Call us today at (844)402-3605 to talk about your anxiety and what type of treatment might be of help.
Don’t let fear or worry talk you out of this decision. Think about the abundant life you’d like to live, and take a step now onto the Road to Recovery.