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How People with Anxiety View the World & other resources concerning anxiety and how to deal with it


 People With Anxiety Perceive The World In A Fundamentally Different Way

& Healthy and Unhealthy Anxiety

Anxiety is not the same as fear, which is a response to a real or perceived immediate threat,  whereas anxiety involves the expectation of future threat. Anxiety is a feeling of uneasiness and worry, usually generalized and unfocused as an overreaction to a situation that is only subjectively seen as menacing. It is often accompanied by muscular tension, restlessness, fatigue and problems in concentration. Anxiety can be appropriate, but when experienced regularly the individual may suffer from an anxiety disorder. . . . .

Anxiety can be experienced with long, drawn out daily symptoms that reduce quality of life, known as chronic (or generalized) anxiety, or it can be experienced in short spurts with sporadic, stressful panic attacks, known as acute anxiety. Symptoms of anxiety can range in number, intensity, and frequency, depending on the person. While almost everyone has experienced anxiety at some point in their lives, most do not develop long-term problems with anxiety.

from Wikipedia – Anxiety

Some Orthodox Christian thoughts on anxiety:

 from the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese: Overcoming Anxiety

 from the Greek Orthodox Christian Archdiocese: Anxiety and Our Life in Christ

Two Videos concerning anxiety from an Orthodox Christian Perspective

One: A 3 Minute You Tube video in regard to anxiety about material things and life in this world:

Two: A More Expansive talk on Anxiety and Fear by Fr. Thomas Hopko of Blessed Memory:


Making Christmas Easier for Special Needs Families

From the blog of Summer Kinard; TO ACCESS:

Holiday Tips for Making Christmas Easier for Special Needs Families

Merry Christmas! Christ is born; glorify Him!

From the You Tube Page of Liturgica– An animated version of the story of Christmas as found in the well known Icon of the Nativity, drawn by Bonnie Gilles, and accompanied with the Byzantine chant rendition of The Kontakion of the Nativity (composed by St. Romanos the Melodist in the 6th century), sung by Fr. Apostolos Hill (Give the video a moment to load):


Saints for Students with Learning Difficulties

Saints for Students with Learning Difficulties 

by Agatha Rodi

from the webpage of  Charlotte Riggle



Ms. Rodi is a teacher in Greece who feels blessed to be teaching children with disabilities who have been mainstreamed into her classrooms. She speaks of prayers which enable both teacher and student, and of Saints who she finds especially helpful as she works with students with dyslexia, autism, issues with working memory, short-term memory, stuttering, and ADHD,

St. John of Kronstadt from Wikimedia Commons

She lists four Saints to whom she prays, and how certain of these Saints helped a student of hers with learning difficulties. And she writes of these things in an inspirational way:
Be inspired and don’t hesitate to teach students with special talents. They will surprise you along the course of time, and you will feel how much they changed you as a human being. The impact is huge.  . . . .          d Prayer is the key!  . . . .   s Faith is the magic word to make the impossible, possible!

Glory to Thee, O God!

Glory to Thee for Thy mercies, seen and unseen; Glory to Thee through every sigh of my sorrow;
Glory to Thee for every step of my life’s journey for every moment of glory; Glory to Thee, O God, from age to age!

– from the “Akathist of Thanksgiving” (“Glory to God for All Things”), composed by Metropolitan Triphon  Turkestanov, killed in Soviet Russia in 1934- A Christian Martyr

 A Free Online Version of the Akathist of Thanksgiving

The Full Text

Summer Kinard: Patron Saints of Autism

An Article from Summer Kinard’s website “writing, autism, & theology as a mother of joy:”

The Patron Saints of Autism

Access the Article by Clicking on the Title below):

Patron Saints of Autism

Wikimedia: the Most Holy Theotokos

Wikimedia: St. Antony

Wikimedia: St. John Maximovich

Wikimedia: St. Bartholomew

Wikimedia: St. Panteleimon

Wikimedia: St. Anastasia

May 26 – St. Nicholas Program: Youth with Disabilities and Their Families; Emlenton, PA

Charlotte Riggle’s Blog and Books

Charlotte Riggle is an Orthodox Christian writer. There’s a lot of helpful information in her posts and writings for people with disabilities, their families, and their friends.

          St. Nicholas of Myra

Here are some examples of her posts which touch on the lives of persons with disabilities:  

There are also many reviews of newly published children’s books in her blog. Here’s Charlotte Riggle’s home page and her two children’s books:

Home Page:  Charlotte Riggle  

Books: Catherine’s Pascha & The Saint Nicholas Day Snow

Shop: Books, Gifts, and Embroidery Patterns


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