I know I already created a post about this a week or so ago, but I have a little more to add to it.
I was watching it again and taking some notes this time. The speaker lists these reasons for people having anxieties:
- Providing for our families the necessities of life
- Dealing with a chronic illness
- Caring for a sick loved one
- Grieving the death of a loved one
- Coping with a natural disaster
- Past or present abuse
His tips for us to stop being anxious are:
- Rely on Jehovah and take one day at a time
- Pour your heart out to Jehovah in earnest prayer
- Read and meditate on God's Word
- Share your feelings with a trusted friend
One thing I don't think they realize is anxiety is no different than depression for millions of sufferers. There doesn't have to be a reason why people are depressed, it's a chemical imbalance. It’s the same for anxiety, there doesn’t need to be reasons for anxiety, it's an issue with a chemical imbalance.
All this brother gave was spiritual advice, nothing about all the physical things that can be done to help alleviate anxiety. Some of these include:
- Proper Diet
- Adequate rest and sleep
- Relaxation techniques
I know these brothers aren't mental health experts, doctors, nutritionists or personal trainers, their primary and only goal is to offer spiritual advice. But millions look to them for all the answers. They don't want to turn to the world for wisdom, they assume Jehovah will provide it all through his Organization. As can be seen from this, they have failed miserably.
When I look at all the sources of my anxiety over the years, hands down, it was all things related to the religion. The fear of The Great Tribulation and Armageddon coming at any moment, being persecuted, tortured and thrown into prison and being separated from my family by the authorities. Or less harmful things like answering at meetings, giving talks and going out in the field ministry. Once I distanced myself from all of this and faded, it was a huge weight lifted off my shoulders, hardly any more anxiety. I would assume most JWs afflicted with mental disorders would be cured within 1-2 years of leaving and letting go of all the guilt and fear the religion puts upon you.