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How Your Unnoticed Anger Disorder Can Make You Sick as a Dog

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0
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Have you ever noticed how the “fight or flight” impulse is actually hardwired into you in order to cope with perceived hazards to your survival?  Regardless, whether one has any anger disorders or not, under stress, the body produces very specific hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol, that boost the heart speed, accelerate breathing, and deliver a burst of strength.

This constantly stressed state was useful in ancient eons, (when one had to watch his back or be eaten) and once in a blue moon, it is still valuable in a modern life.  In some cases, this fight-or-flight reaction allows us in making split-second judgments as to whether we have to flee or fight in extremely hazardous predicaments. One example is, you’re cruising on the motorway with your favorite beat blasting and all of a sudden you see some disco lights behind you that bear a resemblance to that of a cop vehicle.  You explore your speedometer and are amazed to see you’re oozing at a snug 90 MPH… Your heart beat is up, adrenaline is pulsing in the brain, and you know you’re in trouble.  So what’s next? Do you jett off or hit the brakes and respect the law? You will be wise to stop and when you do you feel fear and anger has taken hold of your entire body and mind. 

Some folks, who live with anger disorders, can be living in this state day and night.  There is a surprising trade-off for this state of ultra-readiness. In order to enhance the hormonal system, the human physique depresses other systems, along with the body's immune system.  The catch is, one’s body is not fashioned to function in a chronic state of imbalance. Whenever anger too much dominates one’s emotions, the human body goes through severe state of anguish. When the body’s immune system is weakened due to long-term tension, one feels over fatigued and becomes more prone to a load of mental and physical disorders. 

This knee jerk like reaction sparked up by anger also places stress on the cardiovascular system. Under nervousness, one's heart pace raises, stifling blood vessels and increasing blood pressure. Significant degrees of blood sugar are let go in to the veins, contributing to more fat globules in the blood stream. Best friends and family aren't far from the truth every time they say, “Calm down you fool, you’ll have cardiac arrest!”

I suppose you’ll find that it's as no surprise that lots of clinical tests have demonstrated a direct correlation between chronic anger and cardiovascular illnesses. Most of the research is also indicating an appreciable link between mind and human body, brain and feelings. Numerous studies have shown how one’s mindset can determine a variety of emotional and biological issues: things range from bladder control to greater stamina in bed, from stress to depression, etc.

Noxious emotions lead to toxicity in the body and yes, it can make you sick as a dog. Knowledge of the way the brain, emotions and human body are interconnected, is invariably the first step to clearing yourself from the toxic side effects and negative effects that anger could have on our lives.

One can certainly cope with anger disorders better if one can adopt a more positive attitude. While it may not be as easy as flipping a switch and more like trying to lose a cop with disco lights in your rear view mirror, one can nonetheless learn to transform one's responses to tough and annoying situations by means of some time tested anger management techniques.  As an old good expression goes: "You can buy more cars, and houses but not your health."


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