What do you call someone who reacts impulsively when faced with distressing circumstances? I would prefer a formal word that would be appropriate for essays.
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An impulsive person acts without thought.
based on emotional impulses or whims; spontaneous
Whether there is a specific word for being impulsive due to anxiety is uncertain. People who are anxious often act impulsively, trying to soothe their anxiety rather than following reason.