K another one
I think there is a whole concept of shared anxiety.
Here, let me explain this to you my friends.
Person A is a paranoid/anxious/irrational thinker type, but won't admit that he/she has a problem
Person B is a person with diagnosed anxiety and can assume most of his/her thoughts are irrational and typically keeps them to him/herself.
Oh and these two people know each other and are talking.
K fucking hell Person A is my dad and person B is me.
So person A is stressed about something and person B is feeling A-OK. Person A doesn't realize they are thinking irrational thoughts so they express them and do so with a tone that makes it sound as though the world is coming to an end.
Then person B, who wasn't stressed at that particualr moment, now gets their brain chemistry goin' wonky and crazy signials start being sent every which way. Person A and person B are now both having an anxiety attack brought on by the same irrational thoughts, BUT person B would have not been having said panic attack if person A could realize they have anxiety and learn when to keep the crazies at bay.
UHH YA! I wonder if shrinks have this written in a book somewheres, or something.