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May 11, 2020

Ep.1125: Does My Anxiety or Depression Invalidate My Christianity? (Part II)

Revealing the protective building blocks needed to repel my anxiety

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CHAPTERS

[00:16:50]
What are the symptoms of an anxiety attack?


[00:36:07]
Is having an anxiety attack a lack of faith or a physiological response?


[01:00:21]
How can we decide on developing new habits?


[01:15:02]
What happens if we have a relapse?


Theme Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:7

Everyone at times in their life feels anxiety.  Sometimes it is a simple reaction to having to do or say something that we would rather avoid.  Other times it is a more powerful reaction that lingers and may even cause us interrupted sleep or a lack of focus.  These are feelings of anxiety.  They are common and they are solvable.  The big issue comes when the anxiety we face becomes a crippling and exhausting current of fear.  It sweeps us off our feet and pulls us away from our normal routines with an overwhelming riptide-like intensity.

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For some of us this anxiety can last for months, years or a lifetime.  For a Christian, the piercing questions that may rise from this are, where is my reliance on God?  Does my crippled response to this fear prove my faith to be nothing more than words?  Am I a hypocrite?  Hard question like these deserve strong and decisive answers and today we will find them!

There is no better way to try and answer hard questions like these than to talk to someone who has personally walked the crooked and uneven road of anxiety. Kylie Odetta, a Christian and brilliant singer and songwriter has walked such a road.  We were able to catch up with her and listen to her story.  It was both captivating and revealing.

Kylie's story

Kylie’s story begins in the same place so many others with anxiety begin.  She had always been a sensitive person, feeling emotions very deeply.  She then went through a hard transitional experience along with some other family issues.  It was at this point the small and gnawing fears of life that had quietly collected over time all suddenly became real.  Each and every little fear now barreled to the front of her mind and planted itself in a life-altering position.  She went from being the creative, sure and outgoing Kylie to living in the trapped spaces of her fearful and overwhelming thoughts.

This same pattern of experience is tragically true for millions and millions of people.  For many, when anxiety presents itself it systematically takes their lives as its captive.  Fortunately, there is great news about all of this as there are many available approaches and many kinds of answers.  As we listened to Kylie’s story develop, we  uncovered tools in the form of "anxiety-breaking building blocks."

Check out our May 11, 2020 podcast, “Does My Anxiety or Depression Invalidate My Christianity? (Part II).”  We apply the learning and foundation received from Part 1.  We then combine it with the very practical and relatable building blocks from Kylie’s story plus Scripture here in Part II.  The result is HOPE.  Whether you yourself experience anxiety or someone you care about does, there is hope.  Whether you do or do not need medication in your struggles , there is hope.  Listen in, be fueled with this hope and then put it to work! Click here for Part III about depression and anxiety specifically in children.

 

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9 replies
    • Christian Questions
      Christian Questions says:

      Thank you, Chris! This is such a big subject affecting so many. We pray it will be a blessing and encouragement. – Christian Questions

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    • Christian Questions
      Christian Questions says:

      Thank you for writing, Debrah. We hope this 3-part series on anxiety and depression is a blessing. – Christian Questions.com

      Reply
  1. Deosaran Beharry
    Deosaran Beharry says:

    I am suffering from stress I cannot sleep at night. I am also losing weight. I dont know what to do or think any more.

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    • Christian Questions
      Christian Questions says:

      We are sorry you are going through this. It is a very stressful time in history, so it is understandable for you to be stressed or fearful. Hopefully you have had the chance to listen to our three-part series on stress and depression for practical and spiritual advice from people who have gone through this. We also encourage you to seek medical treatment so you can be properly diagnosed and helped. – Christian Questions

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  2. Bret Menser
    Bret Menser says:

    Thank you so much for this podcast. I can see now that I’ve been suffering from anxiety for many years now. Do you know of a Christian counselor in the Albuquerque NM area that could help me. I don’t want to go to a secular councilor but all the Christian councilors I have found don’t have any opening for new patients. What do I do?

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    • Christian Questions
      Christian Questions says:

      Hi, Bret – thank you for writing. We would suggest contacting a secular counselor in this instance, explaining the depth of your faith. Ask how they would handle such a person of faith. Many times secular individuals are very good at understanding and can be very helpful. You might also inquire at a local church for recommendations of those who might be taking new patients. Also, many counselors are using Zoom visits with COVID, so you aren’t specifically limited to one geographical area. We hope you are able to seek appropriate treatment to feel better. – Christian Questions

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