PTSD is best described by its name "post traumatic stress disorder." It is a disorder that happens after a person experiences or witnesses a very traumatic and terrifying incident.
More and more people are suffering from anxiety. Even Christians are finding anxiety taking over their lives. It can be devastating, life-altering and terrifying to live with anxiety daily.
Verbal abuse IS abuse and is just as damaging as physical abuse. It may even be worse. Verbal and emotional abuse leave no visible scars but wounds deeply, profoundly and, sometimes, permanently.
What do I mean that stress is good? Here's an example. Remember the "biodome" in Tucson? For one year a few scientists were locked into a habitat consisting of domes. It was sealed from the outside world and the experiment was designed to see if it could be completely self-sustaining. It had to produce its own air, water and food.
Anger causes many Christians to feel guilt and confusion. Do I sin when I am angry? Shouldn't Christians not feel anger but always be forgiving - you know, turn the other cheek and all that? Well, let's look more closely at the emotion of anger, when it is appropriate and when it crosses the line of "be angry and do not sin."
Some of you are cringing right now thinking about forgiveness. This subject usually brings up some pretty strong emotions mostly because what forgiveness is isn't understood.
We all get depressed over situations, but true clinical depression lasts much more than a day or two down in the dumps, this depression can last for weeks or months, or without treatment, for years.
So many of us are like eggs at present as C.S. Lewis points out. So much potential and hidden color waiting to show itself.