Religion Causing Anxiety/Depression

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Andrew B.
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   Posted 2/17/2006 11:12 PM (GMT -6)   
*I posted this in the anxiety forums but wasnt sure if it belonged there or here...cause its kinda both problems for me*

I don't know if any of you can relate to this or not, but ill put it up here and hopefully someone can either benefit from reading it or help me out. Well i just turned 18 last september, and ive been a drug user since i was about 14....started with pot, of course...and then eventually tried other things. Those who have had expierience living the life style ive lived the past few years probably know what im talking about. Anyways, recently ive been getting very depressed and anxious about the "unknown" and realizing that im not invincible and that just like everone else i will die someday. My mom is a very religiously rooted person, and my dad is not, and just like everyone else..if there is a hell i really dont wanna go there. Well i dont know what to believe, im still "soul searching" or "finding myself" i suppose you'd call it. But for some reason its causing me a TON of stress and anxiety/depression. I dont know what to do about it, it just consumes my thoughts all day long. I've just started seeing a counsler and I've made the decision to go back to church with my mom and give it a try, but i have problems believing in something like that, at least at the moment. I have not been officially diagnosed with anxiety yet, but i know thats what it is, so im not on any medication. And i have decided to quit all drugs because they intensify these feelings. I guess im just looking for someone who can relate to this...kinda not to hopeful there is though.
Andrew :-)

Papa Bear
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   Posted 2/17/2006 11:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Andrew,

My first advice is stay away from drugs and alcohol...alcohol and many recreational drugs are deppressants...they will only fuel your anxiety and may leed to a more serious mental problem (Deppression)

You are very young...I can only suggest that good diet and excercise is key for good physical and mental health....also please stay in school.

Regarding either have faith or you don't...if you don't then why bother going...if you do have faith 'like I do" go to church and spend the whole hour during mass asking for Gods forgiveness for what you are thinking of the hot woman you see ahead of you.

Good luck

Good luck

Andrew B.
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   Posted 2/18/2006 12:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you both for the replys, I suppose I need to get a little bit more informed on the faith issue, I've never really took alot of time to study the subject. And yes Papa Bear i totally agree with you about the staying away from the drugs...I'm an active musician, and drugs are around me alot...but I've expierienced quite a few things and am satisfied with NEVER going back there again. Thankfully all of my friends respect my decision and dont give me any hard times over it, and my parents are extremely happy with me as well. So at least thats a win win situation for me.

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   Posted 2/18/2006 4:45 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Andrew,  Welcome to the depression board.  We are glad to have you.  I posted a reply to you in the Panic/Anxiety Board but I will reiterate here too.... 

It is great that you have gotten yourself off drugs that is the one of the things that will help your mental health so much.  It is entirely possiable that drug use has caused your anxiety, it can also lead to depression and other severe mental and physical disorders.  When your young you never think of these things I know (I was there myself once).  My suggestion to you would be to continue seeing your counselor (which is great!!) maybe see if he can recommend a psychiatrist for your anxiety so you can get some medication and hopefully some relief from the feelings that you have.  Also it would probley be a good idea to have a physical done by a primary care physician.  Doing this will ease your mind that everything physically is ok.

Going to church is not going to hurt you of course.  However, if you are having some anxiety and such maybe you should wait until you are feeling more stable to go.  Then you can re-evaluate your feelings on this subject.  You are young and it is common to feel this way and be unsure.  I know that I did.  I am positive that you have lots of time to reflect on it.......


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   Posted 3/16/2006 4:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Andrew,

A few years ago I began having major anxiety and sick feelings about death, or at least the thought of death was causing me to confront something awful in myself. It was the first time in my life I had begun to realize mortality. I've never had anxiety about the ideas of heaven and hell though - for me, ever since I graduated childhood the literal conception of "a place where bad people go" and "a place where good people go" I see as obvious hogwash. You'll have to come to your own conclusions but consider that there are not "good people" and "bad people" - we all consist of both "good" and "evil", or truth and delusion, etc. Take it easy, as long as you pursue the ideas of truth and goodness you'll figure it out as you go along and you'll be alright.
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