What Is Anxiety? How do you treat it?
The core symptom of anxiety is extreme fear, nervousness, or worry about exposure to a feared stimulus or the anticipation of exposure to a feared stimulus. Additional anxiety symptoms include panic attacks, generalized worries, anticipatory anxiety, catastrophic thinking, avoidance, muscle tension, disrupted sleep, phobias to specific objects like spiders, fear of social scrutiny, flashbacks, and obsessions/compulsions.
There are different subtypes of anxiety, including generalized anxiety disorder, specific phobia, social phobia, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Each has its characteristic symptoms:
- generalized anxiety disorder- frequent worries;
- specific phobias- fear of an object or situation;
- social phobia- fear of social scrutiny;
- panic disorder- panic attacks;
- post-traumatic stress disorder- flashbacks and nightmares from trauma;
- obsessive-compulsive disorder- compulsions and obsessions.
The Lord has an answer for anxiety in the Scripture below from Philippians 4:4–9, we will look at it and how the Lord gives us an alternative to worry.
God is telling us that there is something else we can do besides worry. Instead of having anxiety we are to talk with Him about our concerns.
This is how.
“By Prayer and Supplication.” Prayer most of us understand as talking with God, but supplication is a word that few of us use today. It means to make an appeal, a plea, a petition or request.
So now, we are commanded to not worry but to talk with the Lord who is near and ask Him for what we want let your requests be made known to God.
Go to the Almighty and make your appeal for a change in your situations
And we are to do this “with thanksgiving.” We are thankful that He hears our prayers, is involved in our lives, loves us greatly.
The Lord is near.
Be anxious for nothing,
but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension,
shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.