Everyone worries about certain things at certain times. So, how do you know if you have an anxiety disorder?
|Everyday anxiety or worry||A possible anxiety disorder|
|You worry about life events such as a job interview, going on a romantic date with someone new, or your financial situation||Your worry about these events is persistent, unrelenting, and interferes with your functioning|
|Awkward or unfamiliar social situations make you feel uncomfortable||You avoid all social situations because you fear being humiliated or negatively judged|
|You notice signs of nervousness (for example cold and sweating hands, trembling voice) before making a speech at work or engaging in a performance||You have panic attacks at random times, and spend time worrying about another unexpected attack|
|You have a proportionate amount of anxiety and fear of dangerous objects, and limited fear of non-dangerous objects||You have a disproportionate fear of certain objects that pose relatively little threat to you|
|You take reasonable steps to ensure you live in a healthy environment and are not distressed by unwanted thoughts||You take significant steps to ensure your environment is clean by obsessively washing or checking and are bothered by thoughts about your environment|
It is important to have your overall health monitored by a medical doctor because certain health difficulties can look like anxiety. For example, the restlessness of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder can look like anxiety. Or, the shortness of breath, palpitations and dizziness of anemia can look similar to the body-based symptoms of a panic attack. Certain medications can also bring on symptoms of anxiety.
If you believe you are struggling with symptoms of anxiety, it is important to see someone who can help you. Only certain regulated health professionals can diagnose an anxiety disorder.
– This is copied from Women’s Health Matters.
As you face your storms of anxiety today I invite you to read the following story from Jesus’ life: Mark 4:35-41.
If there is one verse to hold onto perhaps this is the one you can carry and speak into your storms: “Peace! Be still!”
In the midst of whatever anxieties may come today trust Jesus to carry you across the lake of your day.