What I know is that a good deal of this is about acceptance. The vast majority of our suffering is self inflicted. Pastors call it satan, Freud might refer to it as ego...but personally I believe most of our suffering comes by our own hands. That helps me not to feel like a victim of what I can not see. This is about facing our fears head on and coming to terms with it.
Once again Shawn, I totally agree.
I'm not sure what I believe right now, but I've identified very strongly as a Christian for most of my life, even during my bout with HA. And that's one criticism I have with the church is that (it seems to me, anyway), disorders of the mind are often seen through a spiritual lens that more physical ailments are exempt from. Like anxiety is an attack from Satan, or if you feel depressed you need to be more spiritually disciplined, or worrying too much is a sin that you need to lay at the feet of Jesus. And yes, some to all of that may be true, but it does not negate the fact that anxiety and depression often need professional treatment. I have a friend who struggled for years with unacknowledged, undiagnosed clinical depression and GAD, who felt like she just needed to be "more spiritual," and to "lean on Jesus." Last year she finally got the help she needed, and she's doing better now than she ever would have trying to pull herself up by her spiritual bootstraps. And yes, she has gotten some flack from the church community for taking such steps—WHICH IS CRAZY—and what's most sad is that she's not the only person I know who thinks like that.
Anyway, this is getting off-topic, and I'll step down off my soapbox. But yes, I do think that God can help us live less fearful lives, but that does not exempt us from the work involved in getting there. We have agency in our own lives. That means taking responsibility and getting the help we need, not sitting around waiting for God to wave a magic wand to make everything better.