Our expert says:
An early important point you make is that he feels this anxiety over financial matters despite being financially secure. So it is inapprpriate / excessive anxiety. It's typical of an anxiety disorder that one experiences the reaction without an appropriate or proportionate external cause. And you are also describing an obsessive-compulsive component to these reactions.
Auch symptoms are distressing for anyone, but maybe more so for a religious professional, who may feel that their faith should somehow be strong enough not to allow such problems to arise. Yet this is not about weakness of faith, but a biological / chemical process intervening and obscuring his usual methods of coping.
The next step would indeed be to seek ways of alleviating the anxiety, but not necessarily by mediation, or not by medication alone.
Though medication especially of the sorts also used to treat depression, can help relieve anxiety symptoms, I personally prefer, alone or in combination with the meds, Cognitive-behaviour Therapy ( CBT ) is a well-tested method of talking therapy what focuses on helping the person learn methods for testing their automatic and unhelp[ful assumptions underlying the anxiety, to deliberately relax when needed, and so on - to modify HOW they become anxious and how they try to deal with that.
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