I’ve been meaning to do a post on anger for a while; finally got around to it!
It’s very common for anxiety to lead to a sudden burst of anger.
Anger is so much easier to express, so much less embarrassing than anxiety.
Being anxious is to have times when you live in a constant state of stress. You can’t deal with the thing causing the stress, for a host of reasons, and that leaves you in a state where you can be easily triggered into rage. The anger becomes a funnel for the tension and it all comes out.
It releases the tension, making the emotional burden easier to bear. It also causes issues with the people around you, because you’ve just dumped a pile of anger on them for little reason.
I hate it when this happens to me. As with a panic attack, if I can clue into the warning signs, I can divert it. If that isn’t working, I can at least warn the people around me; ‘I’m in a really pissy mood right now, it’s not you’. But often I’m too deeply in the moment to catch it.
At it’s best, it can sometimes give me new thoughts on my characters, new ideas for the stories. But maybe that’s just me finding something of value in a negative.