posted by Anonymous on 12 August, 2018
i've always been "high stress" and can let my depression run away with it. lately, mostly with work, i've found myself punching walls or screaming in my car. i only ever feel the need to for a few minutes (sometimes complete with angry sobbing), and feel drained after. any advice on coping with what feels like pure rage? i'm generally very level headed and often referred to as kind and quiet.
Anonymous ● 12 August, 2018 ⚓︎
i had the same problem. things just seem overwhelming sometimes and i've found that the biggest reason for getting frustrated into anger is really issues coping with depression. you don't sound like an angry person, you sound like someone who's anger has gotten the better of you. my therapist told me this is actually pretty common for individuals who are good a coping with depression professionally. you get all enraged and feel powerful so that all that helplessness under the surface doesn't come up. it didn't even always work for me because i usually ended up crying from all the emotion later that day. what helped my was controlling my panic. really identifying what set me off and learning to let go things that gave me stress, especially looking at the bright side of the issue. i know it seems pretty hand-wavy from an outside perspective, but it all boils down to discipline. try to eliminate those stressors and find another outlet for the anger and stress. if you're not already talking to someone about the issue, you should. i did and i feel worlds better. i wish you the best of luck. know that you're not alone in this problem.
Anonymous ● 13 August, 2018 ⚓︎
op here. hearing that it's a coping mechanism actually makes a lot of sense. i've learned to cope with my depression so it doesnt effect me at work (or at least so it looks that way), but hadn't thought of the anger as another way to cope. i'm going to look into it more, thank you stranger