Anxiety. Fear. Depression. Anger. We are collegiate missionaries and not counselors, yet we are regularly encountering these emotions among students on nearly every campus we serve. Over the next 3 weeks, we will be posting papers written by TJ Chesnut for a seminary class on Biblically counseling individuals experiencing these emotions. Hopefully each paper will give you Scriptural direction as you relate with students. - Andy
Description of the Problem
Defining fear and anxiety, while two separate topics, can be tricky because they do overlap with one another. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) defines fear as an “emotional response to a real or perceived immanent threat” and defines anxiety as “anticipation of future threat.” While these are distinct definitions they do have shared aspects in that an individual cannot experience anxiety without fear because to be anxious about something is to fear the possibility of threat. And while fear is a natural response due to vulnerability, it is the moment when fear rules an individual’s life that it becomes an anxiety disorder.