The Serious Health Effects Of Anger On The Body

2012-07-27 | |
Last updated: 2012-07-27

Amongst the people who we will meet during our lifetime, we can expect to experience a wide range of personalities. Some will generally have a happier outlook on life while others will be more negative. And, since personalities can change over time, people we interact with at one point may have a very different outlook another time that we see them. Because we interact with so many people over the years, we will eventually have the misfortune to interact with those individuals who are just plain angry.

If we can avoid it, most of us will do our best to cut short the interactions with those who are angry at the world. Unfortunately, in many cases, these angry souls are our friends and relatives so avoidance is not a realistic option. Though they are angry and difficult to interact with, we still care for them. Knowing the negative health effects that arise because of their constant anger means that we can at least pass along this information so they might have a greater incentive to get their anger under control.

Who Is Most Likely To Regularly Experience Anger?

While there is no simple profile to predict those who are mostly to experience anger, researchers have studied who is mostly likely to become angry. According to 2009 research from the University of Toronto, the factors that lead to more frequent anger are younger age, having children and having a lower level of education. As well, the researchers found that regularly feeling rushed and experiencing financial strain also contributed to feelings of anger. What this means is that quite a large part of the population is at risk to regularly experience anger and the related health effects.

Additionally, quite a number of people experience a more extreme anger in the form of rage. Research from the National Institute of Mental Health in 2006 determined that more than 7% of the population has a Rage Order. They also determined that only about 1 in 4 people with the disorder are actually treated. Within the US alone, this means that more than 12 million people are subject to unmanaged anger that can affect their health.

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Category: Disease Prevention, General Health, Health Risks, Medical Research

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