and how best to cope with it
Darton, Longman and Todd
It’s good to have some level of anxiety. We don’t perform at our best in jobs, interviews, speaking and so on if we are too laid back. We need something to keep us on our toes.
But some people suffer from crippling anxiety disorder. It goes far beyond a reasonable response to a challenging situation. It leads to panic attacks, fear of going out, being afraid to pick up the phone. You may even be afraid to sleep. It is seriously disabling.
This book seeks to address these problems sensitively. There are pages about causes, symptoms, managing the illness, treatment and how others can help.
Each page of information and advice is accompanied by a relevant prayer on the facing page.
Part A is for, or on behalf of, those who have anxiety disorder. Part B is for family, friends and the wider community.
There is a page of resources at the end.
Half the royalties go to the mental health charity Mind.
Sample text and prayers
Another common symptom of anxiety is a pounding heartbeat. This can be frightening, as if you weren’t already anxious enough. You fear something is seriously wrong. You’re afraid you are having a heart attack.
| Lord of the Loving Heart,
You know how often my heart goes racing out of control. I’m frightened there is something very wrong with me. I’m going to die.
Spirit of Peace,
Rest your calming hand on the one I bring before you. The world crowds in upon them and they fear it. Grant me the grace to be part of your peace and healing.
Why did I write this book?
The positive response to Prayers for Dementia and Prayers for Depression encouraged my publishers and me to look at more of the crippling conditions which affect so many people.
In our image-conscious society, where social media play such a big part in many people’s lives, anxiety levels are rising, even among children. We are afraid we won’t measure up to what others expect of us. We don’t feel sufficiently liked. This can haunt us so much that we back away from society and retreat into ourselves.
Anxiety often causes distressing physical symptoms: breathlessness, raised heartbeat, panic attacks.
With the aid of the excellent charities that offer help to anxiety sufferers, I wanted to reach out and offer hope and reassurance to those disabled by this condition. I also wished to create a better understanding in those who live with, or care about, someone with anxiety disorder.
I found it natural to express these concerns in prayer, as well as in factual information. I have tried to enter sensitively into the minds of those with anxiety, those closest to them, and those in the wider community who would like to know how to help.