Does anxiety make you angry?

Are you “uptight” at times? Do you get irritable, irate, frustrated when the stuff hits the fan? You could be suffering from anxiety related anger. This is a common occurrence for anxious people in tough situations. It is part of our “fight or flight” reaction which is a coping mechanism in our primitive DNA. Originally, fighting or fleeing was an important part of survival in dangerous situations. When we get scared or anxious, this mechanism kicks in and it is not surprising to become agitated or angry in the face of fear or anxiety. If you or others notice that you are often getting frustrated and angry, explore coping skills for your anxiety and talk to your therapist about how to work on reducing your anxiety.

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