this website says that pride and the fear of man is in a large degree the cause of an anxiety disorder, and proposes that trusting totally on God is a key to healing. Certainly not a Catholic website, but do think there is any truth to this?? I tend to think that some of these things which rely only on the bible ignore very important things we know from pychology. l mean, it doesn’t make sense we can solve every pychological disorder just by reading the bible.
I have a significant problem with social anxiety which I have been dealing with for most of my life. I am doing cognitive behavioral therapy and am having much success with it. I am able to do many things which previously I would have been unable to do such as using people’s names when talking to them, initiating conversations, etc. I am moving forward and slowly reversing a way of thinking I have been in for years.
my question concerns how to relate problems such as this to the spiritual life. throughout my life, the difficulties I have experienced with this anxiety have done a great deal to bring me closer to Christ, in a way I don’t think I ever would have had without this anxiety. Nevertheless, in so much as God may use this for my good, it is also a source of evil and sin it would seem. For example, because of social anxiety, I hurt other people because I don’t talk to them, don’t tell others about the faith, and am sometimes very impolite and awkward because I can’t say hello or have a conversation with someone. People who don’t understand this disorder I feel could be turned away from Christ because of my actions.
Therefore, in so much as my personal sin is a part of this, God wants to heal me from that. I know pride must surely be contributing to the problem in at least some degree.