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Anger is normal

by Don Norum

We all feel it sometimes it's only natural. The question is what do we do with it? Avoiding conflict or completely blowing up are extreme examples of anger gone bad.

Unhealthy anger isn't good for your health

Unhealthy angry reactions and pent up anger is not only stressful, it's hard on your physical health. It can cause headaches, ulcers, bowel problems, and lower your immunity to colds and viruses. A research study shows men with high levels of anger are three times more likely to develop heart disease and six times more likely to have a heart attack by age 55. Studies show anger can increase muscle tension and blood pressure.

Anger cycle

What a lot of people don't realize is that anger is a cycle. The healthy cycle starts when something not so great happens, then you get angry, next you deal with it in some way, and then it's over in a reasonable amount of time. It's the dealing with it part that gets tricky. Many of us don't know how to deal with it and make it go away in a healthy way.

Learn how to deal with anger

Anger management can benefit more passive people who put up with too much or give in too much, and just can't take it anymore. After a while everything seems to irritate them until they over react or explode in anger. It can also benefit aggressive people who snap at every littler thing, especially when they don't get their way.

Anger management skills will improve you attitude and reduce physical symptoms that can be harmful the your physical and mental health.

If you think you have a problem with anger, consider talking with your family doctor or call Behavioral Health at 414-773-4312 to schedule an appointment for a consultation.