(ADAA board member) Ken Goodman, LCSW - producer of The Anxiety Solution Series, emphasizes that stomach distress worsens and persists when you are fearful of the symptoms and try to stop them. “Anxiety sufferers can reduce their distress over time by accepting what they can’t control and focusing on living their life,” Goodman says. “Eating healthy, deep breathing, guided meditation, exercise, and talking about the source of one’s anxiety will also help.”
Getting help for your anxiety will make a big difference on physical symptoms, which means talking to a mental health therapist and discussing treatment options is a good first step. If you make changes and nothing improves (if your gut is still causing all kinds of unpleasant stuff like diarrhea and cramps in an unlivable way), it might be time to see a healthcare provider who can offer some other suggestions for treatment.