Is drugging the best way to cope with anxiety?
Jenny Taitz, a clinical psychologist and assistant clinical professor in psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles, wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal, “The danger of relying on anti-anxiety drugs,” (January 26, 2024) challenging the notion that drugs are the best way to manage common anxiety. In writing about a patient named Cameron, who was becoming reliant on drugs, rather than learning how to work out his issues, she observes:
When it comes to navigating anxiety, facing your fears rather than running away from them—or drugging them into submission—is essential to reclaiming your freedom. Having uncomfortable emotions and sensations is normal. Taking a sedative is about escaping those sensations and emotions, when what we actually need to learn is to accept them. It’s almost a painful paradox that in instances when we most need to think, this medication blunts the capacity to be shrewd. I told Cameron that if he continued to take a pill to “calm down,” in case of a nerve-racking situation like turbulence, he was setting himself up to become dependent on the pill instead of learning to navigate his anxiety.
Christian Science has a solution to anxiety. Spiritual mindedness.
As the Bible says, “To be spiritually minded is life and peace” (Romans 8:6). Thought filled with truth and love is at peace.