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When Anxiety Presents As Anger Not Fear

Having anxiety can manifest itself in a lot of different ways.

It is something a lot of people have very different experiences of and so it can be difficult for those who want to support a partner or family member or friend who is going through it. This can be made even more confusing when anxiety causes people to lash out in anger, even when they don’t mean to.

For some people, this is what happens. Anxiety isn’t just feeling scared and having panic attacks- for some people it can result in acting like they are in a bad mood. One person who has this experience is Heidi Dewitt, a behaviourist who writes about anxiety and knows what it is like first hand.

“When my mind starts racing and I can’t decide which thing to think about, that’s anxiety.”

She explained to themighty.com.

“When my chest feels like it’s going to explode from pressure, that’s anxiety. When I snap at a co-worker for no reason at all, or I am inexplicably moody, that’s anxiety. When I spend the entire weekend wondering if I’ll be fired for something I said on Friday, that’s anxiety. When I randomly start crying, or laughing, or jumping up and down, that’s anxiety. When I flake on plans at the last minute, you can bet it’s because of anxiety.”

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With anxiety like this, the smallest of things can be triggers and often people snap without thinking.

By the time they have said it, it is often too late and the person is either too anxious to take it back or the damage has been done.

So what is there to do about it?

The answer is to be understanding. As Heidi explains, these people often don’t mean to act like that and sometimes they can seem to snap for no reason. “The reason is anxiety,” She says. “Please be patient.”

What else you can do for those struggling with anxiety can also be explained in this short video. For all those who are suffering from anxiety, know that you have our support. We are all rooting for you!

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