Anxiety attack symptomsare experienced by many people of all ages, backgrounds and circumstances. While it is a common malady, anxiety disorders are no less threatening to the well being of the individual experiencing these symptoms. It can disrupt lives, relationships and interfere with a person’s daily life at work or in the home. It is at the least upsetting, if not truly frightening.
How to Deal with Anxiety
How to deal with anxiety is the question asked by many. Perhaps you, much like the young man in the true story on the accompanying video, are fearful that it is a heart attack or some other ominous problem. Your medical doctor needs to rule out any physical problem that may need immediate medical treatment. The symptoms can be very real, causing chest pain and shortness of breath as well as gastrointestinal and other disorders. The worry and concerns harbored with these symptoms, without a diagnosis, only contribute to more frequent panicattacks. Anxiety disorders, when diagnosed, can then be confronted with perhaps a combination of medical care and good counseling. The message from the pastor in this video addresses these anxieties, acknowledges that these symptoms are pervasive in our society, and discusses how practicing our faith and seeking spiritual guidance can produce very real and helpful solutions to alleviate these anxieties.
Anxiety Attack Symptoms
In this video, John is experiencing extreme anxiety because of the symptoms of anxiety. A full medical evaluation ruling out any major physical problem does not serve to eliminate his symptoms. He withdraws from family and friends and becomes more and more anxious. Wisely, he chooses to draw on his faith through his church, his small Bible group, and his wife. The scripture from Philippians 4:4-9 serves as his foundation toward recovery. Openly acknowledging his fears, anxieties, and frustrations to the Lord serves as the beginning of healing. He is admonished to give thanks. When we start listing the things for which we are thankful, the scales begin to balance. We see that everything is not bad as we were thinking – we see the good things in our lives. We begin to see that God is indeed working in our lives. And we see that our strength and help is from the Lord. We can begin to change the things in our life that we need to change. We can then identify the things that we cannot control and we are invited by the Lord Jesus Christ to give those burdens – those anxieties - to Him.
Gradually, John began to entrust his anxious thoughts, his anxiety attacks and his lifestyle to God and thereby comes to know more peace as he learns to live more victoriously. Just by claiming God’s promises and releasing control of our lives to Jesus, joy and peace begin to return to our lives. Victorious living is possible.
It is likely that we all struggle with symptoms of anxiety to some degree. Listen to the message and let’s be like John, i.e., willing to trust God with our cares, realize that we cannot carry our problems alone, acknowledge our weakness and just talk it over with God.
Filling our mind with the words from the Bible in Philippians 4:8:
“ Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
If you are dealing with anxiety, and anxiety attack symptoms, please talk to a Christian counselor near you. You don't have to struggle on your own.