Childhood Abuse Leads To Fear and Generalized Anxiety and Panic Attacks: How To Overcome Anxiety and Fear
Bonjour, Good day to you. Welcome to my hub/article.
Today's topic is anxiety and fear and the causes and how to overcome it.
I can speak from experience because I had a traumatic childhood. I had a parent- my father who helped raise ten children and there was a lot of activity in the house. Lots of fights between kids and lots of yelling by my father.
I remember my father in a good way when I was five or six. I remember kissing his cheek when he got home from work. So, I know he loved me. But then, as I grew up, I remember yelling and my father seemed to have bouts of rage, where it seemed like he would hit us kids for not doing chores (even though we had none assigned) or for whatever reason he got mad.
I think I was quite a careful child, so as not to get my father angry. I remember him not wanting us kids to talk much at dinner, and so I learned not to talk to much. But as a young child I had been very chatty and happy.
It's really sad as I think of this, of how I had to live in fear of my father. I think living in fear caused me to have nightmares and may even have caused me to have symptoms of psychosis. When I say "symptoms of psychosis" I mean I was afraid of ghosts when I was little. I used to make scary faces at myself in the mirror and scare myself. I had nightmares and fear of the dark. Maybe that's not psychosis- but later as an adult, I had paranoia, anxiety, irritability, and fear. I don't know, for some reason, I feel that fear could lead to psychosis. That's my own theory. And what I'm trying to share and write about in this article is how to get rid of fear, because fear for one thing is not wanted, nor is it a good thing or a healthy thing, but it is also from satan.
Why is fear from satan?
Well, I am a Christian, and I read the bible, and if you are not okay with that, you can feel free to leave now or stay and see what I have to say! Either way is okay, and you can feel free to leave whatever comments you want, but please be polite and courteous and I expect that in my readers, or your comments may be deleted!
Many times in the bible, in the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) there are accounts of Jesus casting out demonic spirit(s) from people, and he gave that authority to his disciples and apostles and to the church, which still has that authority today. So, that means you and I, as Christians (who are believers in Jesus and have the authority to cast out demonic spirits) can cast out demonic spirits in ourselves and others.
Basically, I do practice prayer and reading the bible and it has helped me. In fact, if you read my other articles, you will see and discover that I was brought up catholic and then at age 33 became a born again believer in Jesus---accepted Christ as my personal Savior- admitted I was a sinner and asked Him to come into my heart and save me. I felt so peaceful after for two hours. And since then (it was 12/26/2009) my life has improved dramatically!!!
How has my life improved?
Well, suddenly, out of the blue, I felt less depressed. You see, I was diagnosed bipolar at age 16. Anyway, it led to me getting off the medication lithium which I was on for 20 years prior and which never really helped me--I was so irritable on it and it had many bad side effects.
Mind you, I'm still on medication today, but different medication. And the medication I take now, works so well, I have minor symptoms compared to the excruciating depression I used to have.
So, I can say my life has improved. And it continues to improve all the time in many ways. I have more friends than I've ever had, and I'm doing constructive things in my life. God has blessed me financially and given me a lot to be grateful for!
But, since we as people are always (or should be) improving themselves, I have much more to aspire to!
Techniques to Get Rid of Fear and Anxiety
I still have unwanted thoughts and fears, and so does everyone who's human. How do we get rid of them? You can quote scripture as Jesus did. A few scriptures I like about fear:
IITim 1:7 "For the Lord hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind!"
The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom should I fear?
Psalm 23: The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, He restoreth my soul. Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil, Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.
It really is wonderful to have peace and to be able to bring peace to mind instantly by quoting scripture and by praying. You can say, "I reject fear in the name of Jesus." or something similar.
Also, I would suggest you stay away from violent movies or television. Also stay away from scary movies too. I prefer to watch wholesome shows and comedies.
So, whenever you feel anxious, or afraid, you can call on the name of Jesus, and pray and quote scripture. It is good to read scripture daily as an antidote to anxiety and fear and just as a general rule for your spiritual health! Good spiritual health leads to good mental health.
We need to take care of our bodies, minds, emotions, and souls.
What About Mental Health and Treatment?
Medication (and therapy) can really help- So please know I'm not here to tell you NOT to take your medication or get help- I think you should.
Try to only take medications that don't have bad side effects, look into the side effects first. And I would suggest you practice prayer and reading the bible in addition to medication.
I'm just personally trying to keep an open mind to getting better. Because of the abuse I went through- I believe THAT alone could have led to me becoming weak and symptomatic and why I was told I was bipolar. It's possible. But I intend to be careful because I know that trying to get off medication is difficult and I would do it ONLY with my doctor's approval. Please don't stop taking your medication suddenly as this is DANGEROUS!
I really don't know, maybe I'll always be on medication, maybe not. I'm just open to the possibility either way.
I HOPE you have gotten something positive out of this article. And I'm open to your comments!
Thank you, and have a wonderful day!