loving those who experience panic, anxiety, or depression.

WHEN a person is feeling completely out of control – body, senses, perceptions, thoughts – especially if those symptoms seem to have no direct cause, it is a crucial time for that person to be loved and cared for so they don’t feel alone in addition to the confusion. Sometimes, however, helping those who are dealing with “invisible illness” can be somewhat of a mystery. Although anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in America, that is still only 18% of the population. Therefore, most people have not dealt with such a high level of pain that has no apparent source, that is so seemingly disconnected from circumstances and logic. America is beginning to wake up to the fact that mental illness should be treated like any other physical illness, but we are struggling to bridge the gap of what that looks like in real time. There seems to be a lot of confusion and even fear surrounding mental illness. So the question lingers: how can family, friends, and Church effectively love people who are going through incredible psychological pain? Read More »