‘Counting On’: Social Media Followers Are Livid With Jinger Duggar For Her Statements on Anxiety

Jinger Duggar and her husband, Jeremy Vuolo, have changed the way they interact with their audience on social media in recent weeks. Family followers have noticed that the duo has switched to more polished content. Not everyone is a fan of their new approach to social media, though, and Jinger’s recent post about anxiety has upset more than a few followers.

Jinger Duggar tried to offer fans tips for dealing with anxiety

Jinger took to Instagram to tell her fans how she’s been dealing with feelings of anxiety. Jinger, who resides in California with her husband, is currently expecting her second child. In recent weeks, California has experienced a spike in Coronavirus cases, which likely prompted Jinger’s post.

Jeremy Vuolo and Jinger Duggar attend Discovery's "Serengeti" premiere at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Jeremy Vuolo and Jinger Duggar at | Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Discovery Channel

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In the post, she stated that she uses prayer to help alleviate feelings of anxiety. She offered her followers her favorite bible passages that deal with stress, as well. While some followers were happy to see Jinger acknowledge anxiety as a valid feeling, others took issue with her statement. Many felt that Jinger was minimizing the seriousness of mental illnesses.

Followers drag Jinger Duggar for suggesting anxiety can be “prayed away”

While some Instagram followers thanked Jinger for sharing her ways of combating feelings of anxiety, others were livid with the reality TV star’s sentiment. Several users noted that Jinger appeared to be downplaying the mental health struggles that so many face. Some followers were offended by the notion that they could “pray away” their mental health issues.  The way Jinger’s caption is worded appeared to make some followers believe Jinger was suggesting those who live with anxiety aren’t “trying hard enough”.

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The Duggar family has been criticized in the past for their lack of awareness about mental health. Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar were lambasted when it was revealed they did not provide counseling to their four daughters after they found out their eldest son, Joshua Duggar, had been inappropriately touching them. Jinger, who was one of the victims, has never spoken openly about seeking professional counseling. To date, the only Duggar who has publicly acknowledged seeing a licensed counselor is Jill Duggar. Jill’s husband, Derick Dillard, confirmed Jill is working with a professional during an interview.

How common is anxiety?

During the pandemic, individuals across the globe have reported feelings of increased anxiety. Feeling anxious in uncertain times is expected; however, many people live with anxiety, even when a pandemic or other world events are not changing the way people live and interact with the world around them.

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According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issue in the United States. According to several studies, around 40 million adults are believed to living with an anxiety disorder right now.