Dear Dr. Archer,
I'm a 44 year old businessman. Due to the business crisis and financial problems, I'm suffering from tension and nervousness for the past four months. Could that be the reason I suffer from stomach pains and anxiety?
Please send me any psychological suggestions and medication advice for my problem. Thank you!
Many are worried about the state of the world economy, and this can absolutely cause not only stomach pains, but other physical ailments, as well.
Too much worrying can turn into anxiety, and anxiety can cause headaches, muscle tension, diarrhea, dizziness, trembling, high blood pressure, palpitations, nightmares, hyperventilation, fainting, and more.
However, the first thing you must do is get a physical exam to make sure there is nothing physically wrong. If that checks out then your anxiety is likely the problem.
There was a time when our ancestors needed that apprehensiveness, which caused the fight or flight response that ensured survival rather than becoming a meal. We may not need to escape the fangs of a wild animal, but our anxiety still kicks in to warn us of modern dangers.
The key to addressing anxiety is to identify the cause(s) and then take steps to address the underlying problem, rather than merely worrying about it. Pat Schroeder said it perfectly, "You can't wring your hands and roll up your sleeves at the same time."
Do what you can, and sometimes that means making tough decisions. The most devastating anxiety is when you are anxious about being anxious and are worrying about things you have no control over. Focus on the cause and take positive steps. This provides a sense of control.
If you do not experience relief, then see a therapist for counseling. If that doesn't help you, then it's time to see a psychiatrist for an evaluation and perhaps medication. Good luck.