Please watch the below video on Anxiety:
Journal Questions for Anxiety:
1. What were your assumptions about anxiety before
watching the film? How would you now define anxiety?
2. Seth says, “I have come to love the truth.” What do you think he meant by this in relationship to his struggle
3. In order for us to learn to “love the truth”, we must identify the lies. Share a story of someone who was able to overcome the lies in their life with the truth?
4. Several people mention that anxiety is “perceiving fear when it is not a real or active threat.” Why does this make anxiety difficult for a nonprofessional to diagnose? Why is this important to know as you walk with a friend who is struggling?
5. Kevin says that the onset of anxiety can be as early as 10 to 12 years old and 1 in 5 people struggle with it. How can our schools and churches be better prepared to meet this need?
6. Twila mentions that her first attack occurred in sixth grade, but she was unable to verbalize it to anyone.
She says, “I just felt bad.” If children don’t know how
to articulate struggles with mental health, how does this make it difficult for schools or parents to adequately help a young person? What are the repercussions of misdiagnosis for these students?
7. Twila says, “Recovery is not that I will not ever have another attack, it means that the next time it comes, I will be prepared.” Why is this statement so important? How can schools and churches help our students and congregations be “better prepared”?
8. Justin mentions that the struggle with people asking for help is that our society pushes independence. Do you agree that this is one of the major factors that keep people from asking for help? What are other factors?
9. Justin says, “If someone is vulnerable, all you have to do is maintain a space where they can be open and honest. You don’t have to fix them.” Can you share a time you did this well? Or maybe a time you did not? What have you learned about how to best create a “safe space” for others to share their struggles?
10. Meredith mentions, “When shame or struggle is shared, its power diminishes.” Can you name a time you have seen that to be true in your life or in someone else’s life?
11. A theme throughout this film is the power and necessity of good community in order to maintain mental health. How is your church, school or business doing with creating a healthy community? What is missing? What needs to happen more or less in order for people to feel safer to share their struggles?
12. Make a list of encouraging things you could say or do as you walk with a friend who is suffering with anxiety.
13. Take some time and discuss the Bible verses below and how they relate to a Christian perspective on anxiety.
14. Take some time and pray for your own mental health and for the health of those around us.
- Genesis 3:10
- Philippians 4:6
- 1 Peter 5:7
- Psalm 8:4
- Matthew 10:29-30
- Matthew 6:25-27