Editor’s Picks: Best of Mental Health and the Gospel
Mostly, the threats come in ways you can’t see. But the struggle for mental health becomes very, very tangible as it seeps into our lives and affects how we’re able to cope, live, and work. Sometimes it’s a challenge for Christians to talk about this. After all, doesn’t Jesus make us whole?
The truth is, He hasn’t restored us completely—not yet. So, as we live in these bodies, let’s strive to make our mental health a priority! We’ve compiled a list of our favorite articles and artspace projects about making it—in all its complexities—a part of our daily conversations.
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God is With Me in My Panic Attacks
The struggle is constant and ongoing. Panic comes unexpectedly and usually for no obvious reason.
Often I’m frustrated with myself—why can’t I be like the rest of my friends and peers, who can enjoy themselves and not be so deeply affected by their senses as I am?
A question I’m often asked is, “How did you stop having anxiety?” I haven’t. Then comes the inevitable follow up: “You mean, you still feel anxious?” Every now and then, yes. “You mean, God hasn’t healed you from it?”
These questions are not uncommon to me and I imagine they’re not uncommon to others in the church.
“Are you okay, dear? Can I help you?” she asked again. “No, I’m not okay.” I replied with a muffled voice, “I don’t think I’m okay.”
What I said next was one of the most important declarations I have ever made. It was the turning point. “But I haven’t told anyone that yet. I need to tell someone. I think something’s wrong. Really wrong.”
We all worry, it’s a normal part of life. But sometimes this worry can overtake our entire being and result in anxiety. We feel out of control, paralyzed by the unknown, constantly triggered by the “What if’s?”.
YMI (which stands for Why Am I?), is a platform for Christian young people all over the world to ask questions about life and discover their true purpose. We are a community with different talents but the same desire to make sense of God’s life-changing word in our everyday lives.