Resource Category: Anxiety

We all experience anxiety—worry, nervousness, and fear are normal parts of the human experience. Typically, the anxiety we experience in stressful situations is not incapacitating and passes once the situation is resolved.
But if it becomes unmanageable, disproportionate to the situation, or persistent after the source of the anxiety is removed, it could indicate a mental health condition.

An anxiety disorder is measured by the impact it has on an individual’s life. When anxiety starts to interfere with daily activities like work, school, and relationships, it is considered a disorder.

In this sermon, Rabbi Matt Shapiro explores the health benefits of community and the idea of returning home, and how people experiencing mental health concerns need to remember that they can rely on their communities to create a space for them to reside in. And that the members of those communities need to ensure that that is true.
Psychotherapy, or “talk therapy,” is a primary treatment method for anxiety (National Institute of Mental Health). It involves discussing one’s worries in a directed manner with an expert to relieve anxiety. While “talk therapy” is practiced currently, Jewish tradition has long recommended a similar approach to alleviate mental distress.