Anger is an intensely powerful emotion. It is a very high energy state and can leave you feeling tired and depending on what occurred. It can leave you feeling guilty, and depression may follow. You may not realize that the main emotion is anger due to it being masked by depression, or anxiety or a combination of both. This is usually referred to repressed anger. For those who are in a constant state of anger. Or have anger issues seem to be triggered at the slightest provocation can have difficulty dealing with the challenges life sends your way. Because you automatically resort to anger to deal with them.
The Physical Effects of Anger
Anger triggers the body’s ‘fight or flight’ response. Other emotions that trigger this response include fear, excitement and anxiety. The adrenal glands flood the body with stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. The brain shunts blood away from the gut and towards the muscles, in preparation for physical exertion. Heart rate, blood pressure and respiration increase, the body temperature rises and the skin perspires. The mind is sharpened and focused.
When your constantly in a state of anger, or spend a lot of your time in this state it can be very destructive to your health. Your body was not designed to be in this state, except for short periods of time when your safety is in jeopardy. Below is a list of health problems that are associated with being in this state.
The constant flood of stress chemicals and associated metabolic changes, that accompany recurrent anger. Can eventually cause harm to many different systems of the body. Some of the short and long-term health problems that have been linked to anger include:
- Digestion problems, such as abdominal pain
- Increased anxiety
- High blood pressure
- Skin problems, such as eczema
- Heart attack