In Episode 021 I get to talk to Meg Walker about the anxiety, fear and depression that can be so pervasive after experiencing the loss of a baby. Meg is a former guest on the show who has become a dear friend, you can hear more of her personal story of loss in her interview in Episode 010.
In today’s episode Meg and I share honestly about what fear and anxiety looked like in our own lives after our losses. We do our best to give words of honest hope as well as practical advice for those in the midst of it. Neither Meg or myself are trained professionals in the areas of anxiety or depression, we are simply approaching this topic from a place of having been there, from knowing first hand just how debilitating and paralyzing the fear can be.
Our hope is that if you are battling fear and anxiety today that you would know you are not alone. There are resources available to help you find peace amidst your debilitating fear and I have listed a few of those below.
Resources for Fighting Fear, Anxiety & Depression
- Community: Join us at The Joyful Mourning Community
- Call for Help: If you or someone you know is in crisis or thinking of suicide, get help quickly.
- Call your doctor.
- Call 911 for emergency services or go to the nearest emergency room.
- Call the toll-free 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255); TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889).
- CCEF Resources (Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation)
- Hope for the Depressed, by Ed Welch
- Are you Anxious or Depressed? Pray. by Ed Welch
(Ed Welch, M.Div., Ph.D. is a counselor and faculty member at CCEF. He earned a Ph.D. in counseling (neuropsychology) from the University of Utah and has a Master of Divinity degree from Biblical Theological Seminary. Ed has been counseling for over thirty years and has written many books and articles on biblical counseling.)
- Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief by Claire Bidwell Smith, LCPC