20 ‘Rude’ Things People Do That Are Actually Caused By Anxiety

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I’ll just talk and talk and talk. I’ll forget what I have talked about and repeat myself, or change topics abruptly. People who don’t know me just think I love to hear the sound of my own voice. But really, I’m competing with all the voices in my own head.

Sarah JS


If I’m in a “hypomanic” mode and someone says or does something to “set me off,” I am liable to say things that will cut them like a knife…it can be very ugly and sometimes threatening snd, unfortunately, not things I can take back…I have lost jobs, relationships, and such because of this lack of ‘self-control’ sadly…afterwards, of course, I always wish I could go back and undo/unsay it…but it’s too late…. So, I can only move forward and try harder not to give in to the impulse next time…

Sonia Marie Joiner Mullen


I tend to distance myself from people because I want to “focus on myself.” I don’t want to waste their time and energy if I’m not in my ideal state, because then it just won’t be fun for them to be around me. Sometimes I get so distracted I’ll realize I haven’t seen or contact certain people in a long time, and then I feel even more guilty.

Reilly Coleman


I’ve been known to intentionally avoid someone I know out in public. It sounds rude and it’s never because I don’t want to see them or hear how they’re doing. It’s insecurity on my own part – the fear of saying something stupid, or being weird, or them not wanting to talk to me. Also, I often have a hard time going out in public at all, so I’m already keyed up and trying to focus on the tasks at hand and can’t bare the thought of veering off the path or getting distracted.

Amanda Rawl Lowery


I get very sarcastic and defensive when anxious…I really just want to be left alone and it’s my feeble attempt of pushing people away.

Jaci Jirik


I leave early, no matter what the situation. If im no longer feeling social i WILL leave the bar, party, gathering, meeting ect idc.

Crystal Meza


 I don’t smile at people in public. I’m not here for you, I’m here to get what I need and get out. I don’t want to talk to you or interact in any way so I make sure I don’t give any such indication.

I also get irritated and loud with people over small things. When that happens, I know I need to do some self-care because I wouldn’t do that if I were fully rested and everything.

Jennifer Piercy


When I am in a huge social setting like the mall I will become anxious and sometimes walk infront of someone unintentionally because I am too focused on the task at hand. I dread everytime this happens because it is very rude, but I have not brought myself to stop. Anxiety sucks.

It keeps me from making friends and ultimately stops me from being the best that I can be. Thankfully, I know how to channel my anxiety in a positive way when it comes to professional manners and absolute necessities of life.

Antonia Hale


Whenever there’s a new person at my work I dread the meet n greet. The supervisor will walk them around the office introducing them to everyone and it’s just weird to me. I never know what to say and it catches me off guard. This last time they were down my cubicle corridor and I wasn’t there so they just waited a minute and when I saw them just standing there by my desk it eeked me out and I was like “…uh…hey. Do you…need something?” Then beat myself up all day over how weird I probably was. Is it so damn hard to just say “NICE TO MEET YOU”?!?

Sandy McSanderson


I’ll make plans and then cancel or someone will ask to hang and I’ll lie and say I can’t because I’m having a full blown episode with the thought of leaving my house. I know it seems rude and irrational but I can’t help it. I feel bad about it but sometimes it’s just hard to force myself to leave. And when i try explaining why it takes a lot to actually go through with a plan people ask a bunch of reasons why look at me weird and just don’t understand… But I know that’s not the only thing I do tho.

Samantha VanHeuklom

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