Typically, when I tell someone I have anxiety, they respond with, “Ah, well, that’s not too bad, you just get a little anxious. Everyone does that.” From there, I can only sigh to myself and know that they must not know much about anxiety.
For you see, anxiety can show up in our lives in the form of a number of symptoms. And they aren’t really exactly what you would expect, unless you have been there, and had someone show you how anxiety can transpire in that manner. Oftentimes, unfortunately, my anxiety also comes to light in the form of anger.
I’m not quite sure why I just know that I can become so overwhelmed. Even the slightest of situations land on my back like the last straw that broke the camels back. Once that happens, I can react in a number of ways. Sometimes I cry, other times, I throw things or shy away, but there are times when I shout. There are times when I snap at the people I love most.
However, I am not excusing this behavior. But so many people miss this aspect of anxiety. Think about it, veterans come back from war each and every day with post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), which is a major form of anxiety. One of the major symptoms of PTSD is anger. This goes for almost all anxiety disorders, if not all of them.
Yet, so many people think of the angry person as someone who is hot headed. Maybe they aren’t. Maybe, instead, they are experiencing a symptom of anxiety that is bottled up.
According to the Calm Clinic’s website, anxiety causes the fight/flight response in the body to go off. In turn, the anxiety-prone will show either symptom of running away or fighting until their last breath. While it may seem a bit over the top to an onlooker, they cannot be sure what is actually taking place inside the mind of the person displaying such anger.
Furthermore, the Calm Clinic explains that the major symptoms of anxiety can be irritation, loss of control, and impulsivity.
Thankfully, there are ways to help.
2. Deep breathing
5. Taking a hot bath
If you suffer from anxiety and know what it feels like to show signs of anger due to your anxiety, please share this with your friends. So many people don’t understand how anger and anxiety are related, however, every little bit helps.
Check this video out for help with anxiety, anger and depression issues. It is one person’s account, and she makes some very good points.