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How much anxiety can you take before flipping out?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (21663points) August 21st, 2020

Is it a sign of maturity to keep it at a healthy balance? Other than being prescribed medicine, what can one to improve the anxiety, flipping out balance?

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YARNLADY's avatar

I don’t know what ‘flip out’ means, but when I do have a lot of anxiety, I simply decide not to feel it. I sort of tell myself, “this is not what I want”, and go on with something else.
I compare it to the startled experience – a sudden appearance startles you, but you instantly realize no danger, and go on. You can train yourself to do the same with anxiety.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@YARNLADY I meant to make a scene. Or to disturb the peace.

Blackberry's avatar

I bottle it up and work out and/or take a shot.

You’re not actually really allowed to be mad or freak out in life. You could be labeled as a danger or unstable. It’s actually way safer to just be extremely passive aggressive as theres no violence involved.

anniereborn's avatar

It depends on if you are talking about Anxiety Disorders or situational anxiety. Similar to Clinical Depression and situational depression. One with situational anxiety is not likely to “flip out” in the ways you mentioned. If one is so distressed that they will make a scene or disturb the peace, they need professional help and possibly medication.

RabidWolf's avatar

The older I get the harder it gets to just walk away. Sooner or later some are gonna swear that all hell has broken loose. I’ve noticed some people love to push buttons just to see how far they can go.

janbb's avatar

@RabidWolf That sounds like anger rather than anxiety.

cookieman's avatar

I’m going to translate this more generally as ‘stress’.

I need one day a week, to just disconnect from work and the world. A day to sleep later, read, watch a movie or some TV — and I’m good to go on.

Of course, little daily rituals help to. Get enough sleep, drink lots of water, eat well, get my morning iced coffee and breakfast, listen to music.

SEKA's avatar

Since 2016 I’ve realized that I manage anxiety much better than I used to. I’ve always pushed any anxious thoughts out of my head by filling my head with happier thoughts. Now I’m having less happy thoughts so I’m having to dig deeper than I used to in order to find my happy place. Basically, I refuse to allow the anxious thoughts to manifest themselves

smudges's avatar

@Blackberry The person who is passive aggressive probably doesn’t have many real friends. They may have a few who put up with them because they can’t pinpoint just what annoys them about this person. Passive aggression is ugly and manipulative and immature. Until recently, it was listed in the DSM as a personality disorder.

From Wikipedia-
“Passive-aggressive behavior is characterized by a pattern of snide reactions to the undesired behavior of others and an avoidance of direct communication. Hinting indirectly in a backbiting manner is a typical passive-aggressive strategy. Such behavior is often bemoaned by associates, evoking exasperation and confusion. Passive-aggressive behavior may be subconsciously or consciously used to evoke these reactions in others due to an inability or unwillingness to handle one’s difficult emotions in an adult manner.”

gondwanalon's avatar

I’ve never flipped out (as an adult that is).
Anxiety is thought. You can control your thought. Therefore you can control your anxiety.
I live with constant low level anxiety. I’ve refused drugs offered to me by doctors. Why? Because I’m in control, not doctors, not drugs and not anxiety.

@smudges I’ve used passive aggression very well rarely to people who absolutely deserve it. I never use it on innocent people just because I’m suffering. Here’s an example: At a campout these fools were screaming and playing very loud music until around 2am. When asked to turn the music down the result was “Go somewhere and die old man”. So at 4 am when it was still dark I started making lots of noise while taking down my tent and packing all my camping gear into my truck. Just as I was starting to pull out of the campsite it was starting to get light I saw one guy stick his head out of his tent. I hit the gas, pealed-out and left in a cloud of dust. How sweet it was. HA!

LostInParadise's avatar

The most likely effect of anxiety is to cause a person to withdraw from the world and avoid doing anything even slightly risky.

Laura8888's avatar

I don’t think it always makes someone more mature just because they’re good at handling anxiety. We’re only human and most of us have our limit. Red wine and a nice bubble bath helps me.

SergeantQueen's avatar

Well, I don’t usually “flip out” and disturb the peace. I have gotten kind of aggressive though as I tend to want to isolate when I am really anxious, and interaction just pisses me off. So I have lashed out at people, or have gotten rude when I am super anxious and unable to leave the situation. But that is very rare and happened more often when I was younger.

I do fairly well at managing anxiety otherwise. In that, I don’t get panic attacks weekly like I used to. That is starting to change though. I have been getting them a little more recently and I have been breaking out in my hives a lot more. But, I think it’s understandable with everything going on in my life at the moment.

I do a lot to deal with anxiety. I embroider, bike, watch TV, play games. I love to play animal crossing and I find that to be very calming and easy to play when I am feeling anxious. It doesn’t require a lot of focus. Sometimes, if I have the ability to, I may even work on homework to distract myself. But that can be hard if my anxiety is really bad.

Music is probably my number one coping skill. I will always try and listen to music to help me as a first option if possible.

I also think it has less to do with “how much” anxiety I can take, and is just more to do with how bad it is. How bad the problems are that I am anxious about.

YARNLADY's avatar

My only experience with “flipping out” was fairly understated. At Universal Studios Harry Potter, I had an injured foot, and used a wheel chair. We were sent to the handicap area, and waited a long, long time. Finally everyone was strapped into the ride. It was very confining, and when they put the goggles on me, I couldn’t handle it. I cried, NO, NO, I can ‘t do this. They had to hold up the ride and get me off, crying, I’m sorry, I’m sorry.
The rest of the group went on and had a very enjoyable experience, while the ride monitors stayed with me and gave me water.

seawulf575's avatar

I tend to be very level headed and don’t flip out very easily. Usually if someone is bothering me, I just slap them upside the head and feel much better about them after.

Blackberry's avatar

@smudges Oh this is definitely more online. I wish i wasn’t so passive aggressive online, but in real life I just nod and smile and wait for the interaction to be over.

But you’re right its not the healthiest behaviour.

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