Brain Aneurysm Support Community

Aggressive behavior and Annies

#1

About a year ago or less, I got diagnosed with a small aneurysm. Watch and wait, is where I am. I am beginning to see, as times go by, that I am showing more aggression. Is this related or just life making me stressed out?

#2

It would be difficult to comment as my assumption would be depending on where the Annie is and what it could be pressing on.
Stress as you mentioned can definatly lead is to feeling more short fused.
Perhaps mentioning this to the dr and keeping your eye on blood pressure is most important.
Mediation helps lots of people, yoga, mindfulness, and keeping busy but not overdoing it.

Where is the location of your Annie? How big is?
All the best.

#3

Depends on how you deal with frustration and fear, the watch and wait list, as well as your general life experiences, past and present. It doesn’t hurt to have a therapist to talk with and develop skills to treat what life hands us. Have precise goals when you go to one and take notes if needed, the therapist will be taking notes. For instance one of your goals could be in discovering what is the cause of your aggression.

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#4

Abbycat70,
As Moltoub said…how do you process stress. And, even then it can be completely different.
You are processing something that you shouldn’t need to process.
I had a really rough go when they found my 2nd annie…after 10 years. My friends were not sure what was going on. Luckily, my spouse understood.
It’s a tough place to be. Something you can’t see or feel controls your life. A therapist is a wonderful tool. A friend/partner who really understands…can be so valuable.
At this point, the size and placement of the aneurysm doesn’t matter…cause you have an aneurysm in your brain. And it is stressing you out. (At least it did for me while I had to “watch and wait”)
All of the suggestions above are valid…meditation, therapy, any type of mindfulness, relaxation, yoga, etc.
Please know we are all thinking of you. Let us know how you are. Most of us have been where you are and understand what you are feeling…
Take care of you,
Mary

#5

Try to stay positive. Doctor google is not your friend, makes stress worse.

I have a small aneurysm that recently got treated with a pipeline diverter. From the time I was diagnosed to the surgery, I went in a tailspin of anxiety and stress. Became short fused and aggressive. Similar to your story. All I can say is try to keep busy. It’s hard and people won’t understand when you don’t want to do much. Close friends help and positive thoughts. Try to find something you very much and just focus on that. For me it was simply buy parts and working on my vehicle. Just kept my mind off it.

#6

Keppra made me super, over the top, irate, madly irritable! When I switched seizure meds, I calmed down.

#7

I think I have a very stressful job. As a special education teacher I take on an off a lot of stress on a daily basis. Which is left me with migraines. And most of the time I don’t think about this little aneurysm in my head because it’s only 2 to 3 mm but it’s in the Perio colossal area which apparently is a little bit of a different area or should I say difficult area to trade. So we’re kind of on the watch and wait. And sometimes that bothers me because I feel like even though it’s small there is a tiny time bomb in my head.

#8

I did several years as a behavioral specialist with kids in school and at home, then I went into Child Protective Services…stress is not healthy. I was more stressed with the politics than the families I worked with. Deep breathing is doable anywhere. You will know your breathing correctly when you can’t keep a tight fist. Focus on the breathing, (works by itself) removing the negative (through your mouth) and bringing in positive (deeply through your nose). I controlled my BP in ICU whileon Triple H therapy…one of the many doctors noticed I was doing it, smacked my foot and said stop it. I thought he meant breathing roflol