If you’ve ever struggled with a panic or anxiety attack, or felt the numbness of depression, you’ve lived these states. You don’t need to have a diagnosis of Anxiety or Depression to suffer from them. Your nervous system is going to move you through these states as it sees fit, to protect you from danger.
This could physical, mental, emotional or spiritual danger. Your brain will do it’s job to protect all of the parts of you, not just your body. This chart shows how God designed you to stay safe, through whatever danger satan has brought into your life.
When you’re in danger (any type), these states truly protect you. Even if it’s just walking away from someone trying to manipulate you. Your brain will protect you from all types of abuse and harm.
Where these states wreak havoc on your life is when you’re safe, but your brain doesn’t know that. This is the case with anxiety, depression, trauma (and many other mental health dysfunctions and disorders). Your brain can have “glitches”, as I call them, where it reacts irrationally. It puts you into these high stress states to survive, but there’s nothing to survive from. So you live in the extremes of these states of stress, and often stay stuck there. Not only is this detrimental to your physical body, but it can wreck your relationships as well. The emotions and defensiveness one is in during these states can borderline on abuse. And when we look at our behaviors when we’re anxious, triggered or depressed, they often line up with this.
If you’ve ever felt like God messed up in His design of you, because of your struggles – He didn’t. He created these states to protect you from satan’s evil in this fallen world. Danger exists, and if you’re anything like me, you’ve lived it. The states of Fight or Flight, or Freeze might have actually kept you alive (and not feeling all the pain).
It’s the pain of mental health dysfunction you’re suffering with, when you’re safe and still living in these states.