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Dealing With Anxiety

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“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life” (Matthew 6:25-27).

Considering this scripture verse it is clear that worry is not what you are called on to do however have you ever noticed times when you avoided something or denied yourself something because you were worried only to realize later that you never really had anything worth fearing? Anxiety often times works like that. Anxiety is based on an estimation of risk or danger that not only is not truly present but unlikely to happen or harm you in the way you fear it will. This then only serves to tax you emotionally and leave you no more secure than you were before you started about the business of worrying. Maybe that’s why the famous Roman philosopher named Seneca said: “There are more things to alarm us than to harm us, and we suffer more often in apprehension than reality.”

Take comfort though in the fact that anxiety is a very common dilemma for many and can sometimes be managed without any assistance. However, if this dilemma becomes so frequent and intense that you find it is interfering with your day to day living, please consider contacting a licensed mental health professional for assistance. It can help.

Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte has outpatient adult counseling services available in Charlotte, Asheville and Greensboro. We also offer child and adolescent counseling services as well as limited adult counseling services in Winston Salem. You can reach us by calling 1-800-227-7261, check us out at ccdoc.org, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

By Brian Sullivan, MS, LPCS
Regional Counseling Supervisor
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