All of us have felt anxiety at some point or another, but at any given time close to one in five Americans over the age of 18 are suffering from some form of anxiety disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. When lasting anxiety begins to control a person’s life or clearly impact their day-to-day life, they are no longer feeling the normally accepted level of anxiety and it can get worse if untreated.
There are a variety of anxiety disorders ranging from PTSD and obsessive-compulsive disorder to the broader generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
If anxiety begins to seriously impact a person’s life, professional help is often needed. Treatment for anxiety usually comes in the form of individualized therapy and medication, but it is important to note that medication isn’t seen as the cure for these disorders, but a means of keeping them under control while undergoing therapy.
We tend to think of mental health problems as a part of the modern condition, but not necessarily an issue that was around during biblical times. But, the Bible more than once describes characters who seem to be struggling with anxiety throughout their lives, and it also offers words of advice and support for those with an anxiety disorder.
Crossmap put together a list of five of the best passages to turn to when you start to feel like you’re drowning in stress. Even if you aren’t suffering from a specific anxiety disorder, the holy word will likely still provide you with comfort during moments of fear or worry.