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Irritable, Angry and Anxious: Anger Management and Anxiety

Irritable, Angry and Anxious: Anger Management and Anxiety

Did you know that being irritable and angry may be both symptoms and triggers of anxiety disorders? If you're often irritable, angry and anxious, read this.Irritability and anger can be related to anxiety. When we think of anxiety, most of us think of worry and fear. Occasionally, we may think of compulsions and obsessions, but few of us think of irritability and anger. These last two anxiety symptoms, however, are often just as distressing as the others. In fact, for some people, irritability and anger may be the most troubling symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).

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How to Minimize Dating Anxiety

How to Minimize Dating Anxiety

How can you minimize dating anxiety? Could you really enjoy dating, feeling excited instead of anxious? Here's a simple change that will help. Read now.

Dating is awkward and many feel anxiety about dating. Throw some clinical anxiety into the mix and you’ve got a disaster on your hands. But you can minimize anxiety about dating.

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The Anxious Empath: Anxiety And Other People’s Feelings

The Anxious Empath: Anxiety And Other People’s Feelings

Empaths are often anxious. Empathy is described as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. All humans have the ability to empathize in moments of tragedy, even if they have not experienced a similar situation. However, empathy is an innate trait that is more acutely developed in certain members of the population (Intense Anxiety And The Highly Sensitive Person). Empaths are individuals who are unconsciously affected by other people’s moods, desires, thoughts, and energies. They can, literally, feel the emotions of others in their bodies and attempt to carry these emotions on their shoulders without ever being asked. It’s for this reason that there are often anxious empaths.

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Why Anxiety Makes You Feel Stupid and Like a Failure

Why Anxiety Makes You Feel Stupid and Like a Failure

Do you wonder why anxiety makes you feel stupid and like a failure? Learn why anxiety can make you feel worthless, and what you can do to fight back. Read this.

Does your anxiety ever make you feel like a failure? Does it ever make you feel stupid? A reader’s comment on my post, Top 10 Anxiety-Friendly Jobs really got me thinking about this issue. They indicated that anxiety at work had caused them to exhibit some of the common signs of low self-esteem, including difficulty holding down a job, and becoming easily confused and forgetful. Because I’ve struggled mightily with these same issues at work, it also got me thinking about other reasons why anxiety makes you feel stupid and like a failure.

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How to Escape the Hell of Perfectionist Paralysis

How to Escape the Hell of Perfectionist Paralysis

As people with anxiety, it’s easy for us to succumb to the idea that everything we do has to be perfect. Think about it. It makes sense. If you believe, as I often do, that you’re a failure, that people just generally don’t like you, and that you’re basically incapable of doing anything right, then why wouldn’t you become a perfectionist? It’s an understandable, albeit maladaptive, response to feelings of fear, loneliness, and alienation. But, there are three big problems with trying to be perfect: it’s impossible, it paralyzes you, and it makes your life a living hell. Here’s how to escape the hell of perfectionistic paralysis.

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Why Does Anxiety Disorder Make You So Tired?

Why Does Anxiety Disorder Make You So Tired?

Anxiety disorder is a complex beast that affects more than just your emotions. It’s seen primarily as an mood disorder, and while that is certainly true, anxiety has a strong mental and physiological component as well. This week, we’ll explore one of the questions everyone with anxiety has asked themselves at some point: why does anxiety disorder make you so tired?

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What Do You Do When Anxiety Makes You Feel Unreal?

What Do You Do When Anxiety Makes You Feel Unreal?

 

Feeling unreal is a common symptom of anxiety. What do you do to cope with dissociation and depersonalization when anxiety symptoms make you feel unreal?

I’ve been having a horrible time with anxiety. It still affects almost every area of my life. And although I’ve certainly gotten lots better at coping, my anxiety seems to be developing a new wrinkle: walking around feeling so alienated from the world that nothing feels real.

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Waking Up with Anxiety. Why Can’t I Just Get Out of Bed?

Waking Up with Anxiety. Why Can’t I Just Get Out of Bed?

Coping with morning anxiety. Tips to start the day and manage panic. From Kate White, Treating Anxiety blog.

Is your anxiety worse in the morning? Do you think, ‘why can’t I just get out bed’?

I’m rarely on speaking terms with breakfast. The thought of getting up, a whole new day, it can be paralyzing. I’m told it isn’t this way for everyone. Nor does a cup of coffee fix it, would that it could. If you have an anxiety disorder, or experience panic, it’s not uncommon to find mornings particularly tough.

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The Links Between Anxiety, Anger and Depression

The Links Between Anxiety, Anger and Depression

Anger can be the match that sparks a dip in your mood or a bout with anxiety, and according to what I’ve been reading recently this is because the part of your brain that normally keeps a lid on angry feelings is impaired when you’re depressed.

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Anxiety Denied Is Not Anxiety Extinguished

Anxiety Denied Is Not Anxiety Extinguished

Fear denied, repressed, suppressed, or put out of mind is not fear extinguished.

Treating anxiety: ‘as if’

I’ve been told that acting ‘as if’ I’m not nearly as anxious as I am is a helpful thing. It’s also dangerous. As with almost any technique sometimes is fine but if you’re anything like me and you’ll do whatever you have to do to be able to put your anxiety aside and function, and if what you want is to go on with as much of life as you can, uninterrupted by fear, then it can become destabilizing.

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