We Never Face Anxiety Alone

Scott Simms is a singer-songwriter, rapper, and record producer from Cincinnati, Ohio. He is currently signed to Playwright Music, which is run by his good friend, K-Drama. We are privileged to share his story, he is such a humble artist, with a story very similar to many others who have dealt with anxiety.




Question:

Tell us what kind of mental and emotional issues you were dealing with and how did they develop? 


A

Basically I was diagnosed with general anxiety disorder after a severe panic attack. After the initial attack I was so traumatized that it sent me into a loop. In retrospect, symptoms were starting to show well before I initially had the attack but I had no idea what they were at the time. I had no control over my emotional state when I was in a constant state of panic, and because I couldn't pull myself together I was depressed, which coupled with the seasonal depression I already had.



Question:

What methods helped you manage these issues? You mentioned that being on stage is where you didn't feel anxiety, do you think the stage was an idol or was it a healthy outlet? 


A

I did not manage, I threw myself into a plethora of coping mechanisms to survive. I stayed in a dark room at all times, I didn't leave the house, and I binge-watched TV shows to immerse myself into a different reality. The stage wasn't really an idol or a healthy outlet, it was simply a temporary escape from my situation because it was the only place that I didn't feel anxiety. I've never felt anxiety on a stage.  Eventually I got into fitness and that really helped me to learn my body more and stop panicking over a few things.



Question:

So, you were saved at the time of dealing with these issues. A lot of people feel that because we have faith in Christ & we're filled with the Holy Spirit that we don't suffer depression or other mental illnesses. Since you knew the power of God, how did it affect your fight? Was there any doubt that maybe you didn't belong to God?


A

Now this is the most difficult one to answer and hopefully my answer isn't too complex to the point where it doesn't makes sense. Believe it or not, I believed in God I believed in Christ, I believed in the faith, however in the context of the true gospel I wouldn't say that I was saved. There was a big key missing from my theology and it definitely impacted my relationship with God, specifically the kind of relationship that I had. I definitely worshiped and definitely loved and still do love God wholeheartedly.


I felt like from a relationship aspect I was all the way in, however I missed important details in my belief that contributed to the anxiety and depression that I felt. With that out of the way, it is delusional to believe that just because we're saved, and that God is powerful, that we don't experience certain emotions or trauma. Jesus Himself dealt with depression and anxiety, so we are definitely not exempt. The power of God is very evident, however, God shows us much more in walking through our storms with us as opposed to removing our storms altogether. Other people need to hear our testimony's to help in their process of deliverance. There was no doubt that I belonged to God, but I didn't know Him in the way that I should have so there was definitely a misconception. But my love for God and family carried me through; they both gave me a reason to fight and to live.



Question:

What songs did you write during that time?


A

I wrote my whole David album during this time, the whole album was about that experience. But I didn't want the album to sound like that so people may miss it 😊

Question:

Do you think the stage or singing was a part of your deliverance?


A

The stage and singing were a part of my deliverance. However it wasn't the stage or the singing itself that contributed to it. It was the fact that I was sharing my testimony with people who experienced the same thing, and their testimonies of hope from hearing my story. That really encouraged me to push that much harder and get better.



Question:

What is your biggest lesson or takeaway from that experience?


A

My biggest lesson from the whole experience: One, is that just because we are saved does not mean that we are exempt. The difference between us and the world is that, when we walk through our storms, we don't face them alone. We face them with Christ, with God, and with the Holy Spirit within us helping us to fight through it. God is our source and our refuge and our strength. So where others fail we have a supernatural element behind us that turns our pain into something of beauty.  We call it a miracle but other people struggling call it a testimony, and I can be used to help save so many more.



Question:

What advice or encouragement can you give to those still in the battle with mental illness and emotional pain?


A

The best advice I can give to anyone who struggles with these particular things is to make your life intentional. Start with trusting God. Next start working out, learn your body, go for a jog, lift weights, and most importantly get some sunlight. Above all, pray and after you pray, listen. Occupy yourself, don't over indulge in your own thoughts. Create a project for yourself. Wake up everyday and determined to make today better than the last.


Wow, thanks Scott for sharing your experience with us! Check out one of our favorite songs from Scott's latest album, David.


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