ARE YOU FEELING?
Feelings of panic, doom, or danger
Cold, sweaty, numb, or tingling hands or feet
Shortness of breath
Thinking about a problem over and over again and unable to stop (rumination)
Feeling nervous, restless or tense
Having an increased heart rate
Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation)
Feeling weak or tired
Having trouble sleeping
Experiencing gastrointestinal problems
Difficulty controlling worry
Avoidance of things and places that trigger anxiety
WHAT IS ANXIETY?
You may have never felt symptoms of anxiety to the same level of the Psalms listed above, but everyone experiences some level of anxiety at one time or another rather it be related to an upcoming test, performance, or a situation at work or in the home. The difference is, anxiety disorders are not temporary; they are persistent and can get worse over time interfering with relationships, sleep, school and job performance. Take the survey below if you feel that you may be struggling with anxiety and seek help if necessary.
THE MENTAL & SPIRITUAL CONNECTION
David pours out his anxious thoughts in Psalm 55: 4-7 saying
“4 My heart pounds in my chest. The terror of death assaults me.
5 Fear and trembling overwhelm me, and I can’t stop shaking.
6 Oh, that I had wings like a dove; then I would fly away and rest! 7 I would fly far away to the quiet of the wilderness.”
This Psalm mirrors his sentiments in many other Psalms such as Psalm 69, Psalm 88, Psalm 13, and Psalm 22. If you were to go through these Psalms you will see symptoms of Anxiety: Feeling restless, wound-up, or on-edge, being easily fatigued, having difficulty concentrating, irritability, muscle tension, trouble controlling feelings of worry, difficulty falling or staying asleep and restlessness.
People with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) experience some or all of these anxiety related symptoms, most days for at least 6 months. During Psalm 55, David describes what sounds like a panic attack: Heart palpitations, a pounding heartbeat, or an accelerated heart rate, sweating, trembling or shaking, sensations of shortness of breath, and feelings of impending doom.