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The Relationship Between Anger, Anxiety, and Depression

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Humans experience different emotions every single day multiple times throughout the day.

You may wake up tired and cranky after not getting enough sleep. After making yourself a cup of coffee, you may feel rejuvenated, motivated, and content.

Spilling that same cup of coffee on your new work shirt may bring on feelings of anger. Being stuck in traffic may cause your blood to boil and your heart rate to quicken. You’re anxious about getting to work on time.

And maybe a phone call on your way home from work left you feeling sad, down, and bitter.

Every single day emotions come and go. No two people will have the same experience. It’s like someone is living in your head and playing your emotions like a video game.

With all of the different emotions that a person can feel, are any two emotions similar? Is there a connection between any of the different emotions? Let’s find out!

Let’s learn more about the relationship between anger, anxiety, and depression.

They’re Both Human Emotions

Anger and anxiety are both common human emotions. They’re just as common as happiness, sadness, fear, and disgust. Someone has the ability to experience all of these emotions, including anger and anxiety, every single day. Anger and anxiety are also two emotions that can both be improved or worsened just by someone’s thought patterns and beliefs.

They Share Health Problems

While anger and anxiety are common emotions, the way that you handle certain stressors can lead to health problems. An excessive amount of both anger and anxiety can lead to a negative impact on your body. Here are a few of the health problems that anger and anxiety can cause:

  • Breathing problems
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Insomnia

Both Experience a Loss of Control

When you feel stressed, you may experience signs of anxiety. If that stress continues or turns into a threatening situation, your anxiety may turn into anger. Anxiety and anger can be interchangeable depending on the situation.

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They Share Similar Symptoms

The symptoms of anger and anxiety are very similar to one another. These are some of the most common signs and symptoms:

  • Chest tightness
  • Digestive issues
  • Headaches
  • Hot flashes
  • Quickened heart rate
  • Tight muscles

Both anger and anxiety are also symptoms of a larger mental health issue: depression. If you notice that you’re feeling angry or anxious more than usual, it may be a good sign that there’s a larger issue at hand.

How to Better Manage Anger, Anxiety, and Depression

Anger, anxiety, and depression can be better managed by making some simple lifestyle changes. Here are some of the most common ways you can manage anger, anxiety, or depression:

  • Deep breathing
  • Move your body
  • Practice mindfulness
  • Start journaling

That being said, anger and anxiety are normal emotions that people can experience every day of their lives. If you start to notice signs of anxiety or depression for longer than two weeks, it’s a good sign that there may be a larger problem and you should reach out for additional help.

Next Steps

The body produces emotions like anger or anxiety when it perceives a threat. They’re the emotions that help us survive and get through tough or challenging situations. Although anger and anxiety are common, they should go away on their own relatively quickly. If these feelings are left untreated, they can lead to worsening symptoms like anxiety disorder or depression.

Don’t be afraid to reach out for help. The sooner you reach out, the sooner you’ll be able to get back on track toward living your life to the fullest again, anger and anxiety free.

Reach out to us today to set up a consultation for anxiety, depression, or anger issues therapy.

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