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Does anyone else experience ANGER when they have anxiety?
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Jennyb0687 posted:
I recently started a Suboxone program because I was becoming too dependent on my Clonazepam, followed by abuse of the medication because I became too tolerant. 80% of the reason I started taking the Clonazepam was to help control my anger. The other 20% was for my paranoia and racing thoughts and heart palpitations.
Since I stopped the Clonazepam I have the shortest fuse of anyone I've ever met. I'm so tense and I do things to try to keep my anger at bay but the second something happens that rubs me the wrong way I act out and I cannot help it! It's over the dumbest things, too. Ie: my boyfriend was sitting next to me on the couch rough-housing with the dogs for a good 3 minutes of anger building up before I lashed out at them for bothering me and I wasn't even doing anything productive. I told him that the movement of the couch along with the area rug moving beneath my feet was annoying the Hell out of me, which was true, but it's such a STUPID thing to react to! I know I should have just got up and went into another room but my brain thought it was warranted to be a b*tch about it, without me having a chance to think before I spoke.
Treatment - I know I need to count to 10, breathe, and not let little things bother me but I cannot keep my mouth shut! My support group for the suboxone clinic confirmed with me last night that the medication also makes them angry but I'm not sure if this will be for the length of the time on on it or if the anger will slowly dissipate.
1) Does anyone else experience anger with anxiety? 2) Is anyone else on a drug that helps curve opioid and benzodiazepine cravings and do they make you angry? 3) Does anyone know of a drug that will help with the anger? *I'm on Lamictal for mood swings, Lexapro for anxiety, and Hydroxizine as needed for anxiety.

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marilou6044 responded:
I was taking Xanax for a panic disorder among other anxiety disorders and also developed a tolerance to it. I began abusing it and ended up stopping the Xanax cold turkey which is quite dangerous. I ended up in the hospital due to the withdrawal symptoms. I am not on any benzodiazepines such as Xanax or Clonazepam (Klonopin) at this time and am just eaten up with anxiety. But, I wanted to mention that for a while I was extremely irritable to the point of being quite snippy and feeling much like you describe. Over time it did subside and was something I just had to grit my teeth through. I don't know enough about Suboxone to know if that's your culprit or if it's just due to the absence of the Clonazepam, but I'd suggest that you read about Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Syndrome to see what types of symptoms you can expect and for how long. Also, check with your doctor to see if there's a medication that may help. Good luck to you.


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