Can Anger Make You Sick?

Written by Dr. Daisy

January 30, 2009

The simple answer is yes, anger can make you sick.

Ever wonder why you feel strange after having an argument or after biting your tongue when your mother-in-law says something derogatory?

Anger can make you sick and below are some signs and ways to simmer down safely.

Heart – when you keep your anger inside, it can release a stress hormone called adrenaline that will spike your blood pressure. High blood pressure is linked with stroke and heart disease.

Teeth – repressed anger can cause unconscious teeth grinding, that can occur during the day or while you are asleep. Grinding can cause facial and jaw pain and over time, can cause broken or chipped teeth.

Eyes – anger may cause ocular migraine headaches. These type of headaches cause visions of flashing lights and wiggly lines. Increase stress hormones may also constrict the blood vessels in the brain, causing odd optics.

Belly – when we get angry the brain releases neurotransmitters called acetylcholine and serotonin, which can reduce the blood flow to the belly. The result can be stomach pain and diarrhea.

Brain - Anger is usually not forgotten so it is stored in your memory. The emotion can trigger the release of high levels of cortisol and other stress hormones which may then shrink the brain’s memory centers.

Immune System – When upset, you are releasing the fight or flight hormone called epinephrine. High levels of this hormone will depress the immune system making your body prone to more infections and illnesses.

The best way to manage your anger is to relax, breathe deeply, yoga style. Repeat calming words such as slow or relax or imagine yourself in a peaceful setting like a beach at sunset. Or you may opt to workout and release your adrenaline in that form, and give yourself a sanity break.

Whatever you decide to do, it is important not to hold your anger inside, you will be doing your body more harm than good.

4 Comments to “Can Anger Make You Sick?”

  1. Nell @ Casual Friday Everyday Says:

    Anger and worry. BLECH.

    Happiness and joy can make you feel so good :–)

    :–) Nell
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  2. Cassie Says:

    I get insane stomach pain and nausea when I get upset. I usually get a headache too. Plain old stress will do this to me too but I find that belly dancing (and warming up/cooling down with yoga stretches) really helps keep me calm throughout the whole day.

    I never thought about the teeth grinding, but now that I think back, I do that too. My jaw is always sore on my bad days. Now I know why!

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  4. alina Says:

    Thanx. Now i understand better whats happening to me

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