For many people with ADHD anxiety is not a stranger, “In fact, about 30 to 40 percent of people with ADHD have an anxiety disorder, which includes “obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, phobias, social anxiety and panic disorder,” according to Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist and clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School. The Anxiety Disorders Association of America even estimates the figure to be almost 50 percent.” (source: psychcentral.com 05/2014)
For Christians with ADHD worry is an additional problem because we are told by God not to worry, He provides comfort by inviting us to hand over our worries and anxieties to Him. The process of bringing our anxious thoughts to God is not an easy one. After so many years of a life filled with anxiety it becomes second nature that our automatic thoughts are to worry rather than turn to God with our fears.
God is not sitting by in anger, He is there waiting patiently with open arms repeatedly asking us to trust Him with our thoughts of fear. He wants to ease our mind. It’s difficult for us to have a peaceful mind if we don’t invite God to ease our worries.
Common anxiety signs and symptoms include:
- Feeling nervous
- Feeling powerless
- Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom
- Having an increased heart rate
- Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation)
- Feeling weak or tired
- Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry (Source: Mayo Clinic Online 05/2014)
If chronic anxiety and stress isn’t dealt with properly, the following can occur:
- Suppression of the immune system
- Digestive disorders
- Muscle tension
- Short-term memory loss
- Premature coronary artery disease
- Heart attack (Source: WebMD 05/2014)
There are a variety of ways and methods for dealing with anxiety and reducing stress. For a short list of suggestions visit the following link at WebMD.
One of our best spiritual responses to anxiety is to ease the mind with prayer. When we pray, the cause of our fear may not go away, but prayer does decrease anxiety. The following is prayer for anxiety, may this bring some peace and comfort to you.