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Anger and Your Health

Posted Mar 02 2011 8:16pm
Anger management
By vargklo

While watching the evening news, I noticed two categories of stories: angry and not angry. The first 15 minutes were filled with angry protesters, violent demonstrations, shootings and political argument. Other stories included a local hero who was helping teens, a lady who won the lottery and the other story was about taxes (I didn’t know if that should have been included in the angry column or not).

To escape the anger, I turned my attention to a light-hearted movie, but I could not stop thinking about the anger filling our world. Then I realized that anger fills the day for many people. I examined all of the anger that I had encountered during that day. My first encounter came early when a coworker told me how mad she was over a snide remark made by another coworker. Later that afternoon, my frustration turned to anger because I couldn’t figure out what to write about. On the way home from work, I went by a car accident. Broken glass lined the street; someone’s body could have been laying bloody, broken and bruised…AND PEOPLE WERE HONKING! People were angry and impatient because traffic wasn't moving and they could not get around the accident. In turn, their insensitivity made me angry. I got home and turned on the news…

I thought, "What is all of this anger doing to my health!" Naturally, I investigated this matter.

What does anger do to your health?

According to research participant data from a 2006 study from the University of Missouri-Columbia, 18% of participants reported feeling angry prior to being hospitalized for an injury. Men are at a greater risk for injuring themselves or others while their angry. If your anger causes you to harm yourself or others, you should seek immediate professional advice.

Anger can also cause your heart to experience arrhythmia (uneven heart beats). Prolonged intense feelings of anger can also put you at risk for heart disease. A Harvard Medical School study revealed that men with intense anger were three times more likely to develop heart disease.

Anger that is suppressed and not dealt with can lead to even more anger and depression. This problem is more likely in woman than men. Click here to learn more about depression .

Check back tomorrow for tips on managing anger .
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