From the beginning of his life, the world was a difficult place.Ted had a rapid heartbeat and was extremely active. As an infant, he was very colicky. When his mother picked him up from preschool, he asked her secret questions every day to make sure she wasn’t a kidnapper wearing a mommy-mask. His early years were filled with worry despite his mother’s consistent attention and care. He was very sensitive to hot and cold, and to physical pain. Anxiety, at least partially, came from his genetic makeup.
Ted’s anxiety also came from several environmental factors. His mother was quite anxious herself. They often spoke together about their anxieties but rather than soothing his fears, their conversations made Ted more worried . . .
What is anxiety?
Some level of anxiety is a normal part of everyday life for us all. But when you have a consistent inability to relax, irrational fear, irritability, muscle aches, repeated uncontrolled thoughts, inability to sleep, or worry for no apparent reason – then you may have what is known as an anxiety disorder. Your anxiety feels overwhelming and beyond your control.
Types of anxiety disorders
Anxiety disorders affect approximately 15% of North Americans. People experience them in a variety of ways. . . .
The Close to Home series is designed to help Christian caregivers invite others to journey toward wholeness.
Ways to use the booklets:
* Offer them and discuss them in your pastoral care visits.
* Display them in the church foyer, counseling office, or even a restroom.
* Give them to loved ones of those who suffer, so that they can be informed.
* Distribute them as conversation-starters for adult education or support groups.