According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States. Statistics suggest approximately 18% of adults – nearly 1 in 5 individuals – have experienced some form of clinical anxiety at some point in their adult life.
What is Anxiety?
Perhaps one of the reasons anxiety disorders are so prevalent is because the highest number of possible diagnoses fall under the anxiety umbrella. Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, Specific Phobias (such as agoraphobia or arachnophobia), Panic Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder are all categorized as disorders of anxiety. While anxiety is a normal response to stress, these disorders find commonality in an excessive fear of a certain trigger.
It is widely known that lifestyle changes – such as healthy eating or deep breathing – have proven helpful to those suffering with anxiety, but the Bible offers spiritual wisdom to those that struggle with anxiety and fear.