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OUR FINANCIAL CRISIS NEEDS TO BE SOLVED BEFORE WE ALL GET SICK

BIOFEEDBACK ARTICLE FROM SPIRO DIAMANTIDIS - OUR FINANCIAL CRISIS NEEDS TO BE SOLVED BEFORE WE ALL GET SICK
SPIRO DIAMANTIDIS M.D
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BY SPIRO DIAMANTIDIS M.D.

CEO, President of

PARADISE HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

 

Stressful factors are defined as a change in the external or the internal environment, to which the body is called to adjust by mobilizing its various systems, and especially the autonomous neural system. The body perceives stressful factors as a threat and reacts to them with by fighting them back or by fleeing. When a dog attacks you, you either run away to escape the threat, or if you feel strong enough, you strike back and chase the dog away by fighting and annihilating the threat. When stressful factors last for a short period of time, the body has its chance to calm down and get a rest. But when they become chronic, they cause a permanent condition of hypertension, anxiety, fear and insecurity which has a catalyst effect on the body, causing a vast range of pathologic conditions which affect all of its systems. The worst and sneakiest stressful factor is all matters outstanding. Every time we have some issues pending, we are found in a condition of chronic stress which causes us chronic anxiety and fear. The problem with outstanding situations is the feeling of loss of control. Now, if there are people who, in the midst of a financial crisis, don not feel they are losing control of their jobs or their survival, they are either extremely wealthy or they can control their stress completely. Financial crisis affects everyone, no matter their tax bracket. Those who suffer from the start are those who have less, but the wealthier are affected in turn because financial crisis causes a domino effect which affects everybody, sooner or later.

The sense of loss of control and the feeling of depending on others to exit the financial crisis causes great stress to all members of society. It is pretty much like when a dog attacks you and all you can do is just stand there scared stiff, with no control of your reaction towards the threat – but the worst is that you now need a minister of finances to chase away the threatening dog that is financial crisis. Then, aside stress, anxiety and fear, you also experience other negative feelings, such as indignation, anger and despair. And it is only natural that you wonder who was the one who raised and unleashed this dog in the first place, and how good the instructors who promise you they will be able to train the dog if you sit tight and pay your dues will turn out to be. But your thoughts still torture you because you wonder what could be the relation between your current savior with the previous breeder and how likely it is that they consciously shift roles when the light at the end of the tunnel is lost and depression is on its way. This may seem like a stretch but in fact it is not, if we consider that consumption of anxiolytics and antidepressants has risen by 17% in the last 6 months, and if we remember the 24 consecutive suicides in France Telecom. Every time the government addresses the financial crisis with uncertainty and inefficiency, citizens sense the lack of specific and clear information, which deprives them of the right to calculate the length of their stressful issues outstanding and results in the predatory impact of uncertainty. It is better for anyone to know what lies ahead and be prepared instead of fighting against a threat that seems to have no visible ending. This also brings about another vicious circle : Citizens feel like they are paying for other people’s mistakes while their own lives take a turn to the worse. They are looking for those responsible for the fact that the state now claims that it has no funds, which, along with other stressful factors, shrinks their psychological dynamic and leads to a dramatic decrease of productivity in their anyway uncertain jobs, but also causes them to get sick more, thus burdening the economy. At the present stage, this is the coup de grace. If the state had the foresight to shield its work force with the ability to control and manage their stress, it would be reaping the fruits of its foresight with durable, efficient, acquiescent and calmer “partners” in crisis management. If the government consulted some experts in stress control and management, it could reduce and control the stressful factors arising from its communication policy thus limiting the impact of financial crisis.

Politics needs the help of medicine, especially nowadays that things are difficult.

 

- Published in “INSURANCE MARKET” magazine

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