Compassionate Love: Displaying compassion for those who struggle with mental illness (c) 2018 Nancy Virden, Always The Fight Ministries
I am finally going to venture out of my home and attend church today. Following surgery to remove cancer two and a half weeks ago, it is a welcome relief to think about being with people again, and breaking the doctor-ordered homebound status which has begun messing with my head.
Within a few days of receiving the cancer diagnosis in February, three other events threatened to throw circumstances out of control. I kept much of this to myself.
Is it any wonder then that I ended up in the ER due to anxiety? It is frustrating that happened. Anti-anxiety strategies are my protection. However, the number one sure-fire way for GAD (Generalized anxiety Disorder) or PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) to win the day is to take on life’s struggles alone.
Having learned this lesson again (one can only hope ), anxiety lessened immediately once I began to tell friends what was going on.
Then my cousin’s daughter went missing. For days, it was impossible for me to even think about her without becoming physically ill. She has since been found safe. Yet anxiety, circling overhead, seems to have found a landing.
It’s not every hour. You who have GAD, PTSD, or any other struggle with anxiety probably understand. When least expected, and when you feel as if you are handling everything well, it takes over and knocks you temporarily out of the game.
Feeling discouraged, four days ago an encouraging email arrived. It was kind, and immediately my energy and mood rose. When God said it was not good for Adam to be alone, he meant me too. I need people, regular interactions, and human presence, especially when times are tough. That’s probably true for most of us.
Already I know today will be better. I look forward to getting out of my head, to teaching and joining my friends in worship. Breaking out of my house, I cannot wait for anxiety to take a rest and to experience freedom.
Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.
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NOTE: I am not a doctor or mental health professional. I speak only from personal experiences with and observations of mental illness, abuse, and addiction. In no way is this website intended to substitute for professional mental or behavioral health care.
If you are struggling emotionally today or feeling suicidal, or concerned about someone who is, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Hope and help are yours.