Afraid? Fears of disease, separation from loved ones, debt, losses of any kind, can cloud our days and cause sleepless nights. Here at home, Indiana University offers help in health clinics for those suffering from debilitating anxiety. Is there something beyond therapy and medication? My colleague, Anna Bowness-Park, thinks there is. Writing for the April 20, 2015 of The Vancouver Sun, she shares an account of the healing of “perpetual anxiety” through a spiritual approach. Here’s Anna:
We all get anxious from time to time. We worry about being able to pay the bills; we fret over meeting the needs of our family and we worry about our health. In a fast-paced world with instant access to alarming news across the globe, it’s easy to get trapped in the fears of individual or global crises.
For most of us these anxieties come and go. However, for some, anxiety becomes a nightmare without end in sight, and it can result in health problems. According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, these types of maladies are on the rise, especially with twenty- to thirty-year-olds, and Canadians are not immune.
The modern response to anxiety illnesses in most cases is to medicate to control the symptoms. While this approach may be helpful for some, it can have its own health hazards, such as addiction and depression. Additionally, in some cases, those who suffer feel ashamed of their problem and turn to illegal drugs and alcohol to self-medicate, causing even greater individual, family and societal problems…