Anger is an important and sometimes necessary emotion.
But all too often, anger can quickly escalate and become destructive once it’s been triggered.
Uncontrollable anger can often create problems in relationships both at home and in the workplace. But beyond that, it can have devastating physical consequences.
So just how and where does anger impact the body?
That’s what we’re highlighting in the infographic below. It’s the final segment in our 3-part series: How Anger Affects Your Brain and Body.
You can find the first two parts here:
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– To find out where these stress hormones come from, check out Part 1
– And for more on what they are up to in your brain, check out Part 2
Anger causes the release of stress hormones like:
These hormones give your body bursts of energy so you can cope with negative situations accordingly. However too much of these hormones or repeated exposure to these hormones can begin to negatively impact important parts of your body.
- Increased Pressure inside your eyes
- Vision Issues like tunnel vision, sensitivity to light, or blurry vision.
- More frequent headaches and migraines
- Feelings of dry mouth
- Decreased thyroid function
– Heart rate
– Blood pressure
– Blood glucose level
– Blood fatty acid level
- Increased likelihood of stroke and heart attack
- Decreased blood flow in digestive system
- Slow metabolism
- Lowered bone density
Even after the feeling of anger passes, its impact lingers in your body much longer. And the more often you get angry, the more these hormones can get to work in your body. That’s why it is important to recognize when you’re angry and take steps to calm this powerful emotion.
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For more practical tools and strategies to help clients manage anger, have a look at this short course featuring Stephen Porges, PhD; Marsha Linehan, PhD; Peter Levine, PhD; Ron Siegel, PsyD; Pat Ogden, PhD; and other top experts.
Now we’d like to hear from you. How have these ideas helped you better understand anger – either in yourself or others? Please leave a comment.