Anxiety is a normal part of life. In this two week series I am going to share about anxiety disorders and occasional anxiety, and the differences between them.

“Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe.”

“Occasional anxiety is an expected part of life. You might feel anxious when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or before making an important decision. But anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry of fear.”

I didn’t know of the differences between these two until recently.

Simple tasks that many people are fine with doing, can cause extreme anxiety for others. We should never make fun of anyone for being anxious. Anxiety is not a choice.

Anxiety is often misunderstood. It can be thought of as being rude or standoffish, and this couldn’t be further from the truth.

“Having anxiety does not mean you have a faith problem.”

We need to show more empathy for people with anxiety. We can’t always tell someone to just pray for anxiety to go away. Prayer is very important, and God can heal. But if someone needs medical help or counselling, we should encourage them to go for it. God can still teach us a lot through this process.

Anxiety can often be thought of as a weakness. It is true that it can stop you from doing certain things, but anxiety is definitely not a weakness.

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