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Health Dangers of Suppressing Anger

Being angry more often can result in headaches, digestion problems, insomnia, increased anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, eczema, and heart attack. Can’t believe your eyes? Read on for facts.

Mental Health By Ariba Khaliq / Aug 11, 2014

Bottling it Up

Anger is a very strong emotion and can greatly affect your physical wellness in ways you don’t even realise. Many of us suppress our anger in order to escape the after-effects of venting it out. But bottling up this emotion can actually cause greater problems according to a study performed at Tilburg University in Netherlands. The results showed that anger was associated with much higher rates of heart attacks and death until researchers said that these were caused for some other reasons such as high blood pressure. Not just your heart, suppressed anger can strike your well-being in many ways. Let’s take a look. Image Courtesy: Getty


Anger can Give You a Headache

According to research from Saint Louis University, holding in anger was the biggest predictor of headaches, among the group of patients the researchers studied. It was reported that that repressed anger, even more than depression or anxiety, was more likely to cause headaches. Image Courtesy: Getty


Anger can Cause Digestive Problems

Stress and anger can affect every part of the digestive system. When you are angry, it activates the "flight or fight" response in your central nervous system, your digestion can shut down because your central nervous system shuts down blood flow, affects the contractions of your digestive muscles, and decreases secretions needed for digestion. Image Courtesy: Getty


Anger can Keep You up All Night

Anger can rob you off your peace of mind night after night, making you feel like it’s impossible to “let go” and leave it behind for the night. A repressed anger can make you restless and wise awake after stressful day of putting up with annoying co-workers. Image Courtesy: Getty


Anger can Aggravate Anxiety

Researchers from Concordia University discovered that anger is a powerful emotion that intensifies anxiety and compromises therapy leading to serious health consequences. Suppressing your anger can worsen the symptoms of GAD (generalised anxiety disorder), a condition that affects millions of people. Image Courtesy: Getty


Anger can Make You Depressed

Anger, related with depression can be a reaction to the perceived hopelessness of a situation or even frustration over recurring states of depression. If you are facing a problem that doesn’t offer any effective solutions, can make you angry and eventually to grieve over it, causing depression. Image Courtesy: Getty


Anger can Increase Your Blood Pressure

A recent study indicates that angry men have higher blood pressure and increased risk of heart disease. Long-term stress affected both men and women. However, the exact mechanism by which anger and stress increase blood pressure and heart disease is not clear. Image Courtesy: Getty


Anger Messes with Your Skin

Prolonged anger can harm your body's largest organ, the skin. People, who bottle up their anger, often have skin diseases such as rashes, hives, warts, eczema and acne. After studying the relationship between anger and skin, researchers have discovered that resolving one’s anger makes a person’s skin disorders to improve dramatically.

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Anger Gives You Heart Diseases

A Harvard study on the role of stress and emotion on cardiovascular study says suggests that there is a strong risk that the anger plays a role in heart diseases. In fact, a 2002 large study published in the journal Circulation stated that angriest people faced roughly twice the risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) and almost three times the risk of heart attack compared to subjects with the lowest levels of anger. Image Courtesy: Getty


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