Everyone gets angry at some point. But too much anger can lead to a long list of health issues.
Nick Fogleman is a certified counselor with Ozark Center. He said, "It's a dangerous thing to do. Hanging on to anger over time can have a physical effect but psychological as well. Hypertension, different stomach problems, ulcers. Also, as far as psychological can cause depression, chronic anxiety."
Fogleman says an angry outburst isn't a good fix. It doesn't solve problems and you are left with the underlying issues. "The best way to handle it is through assertiveness, being able to identify what your needs are and being able to assert those in a way people are going to understand, what it is you want, and need and to have problem solving strategies in place."
And Fogleman adds it's important to come up with more than one possible solution, whether that's confronting the issue or removing yourself from the situation - for example, too much traffic on your drive home. "A way to change your environment in a situation like that. Think of a different route, what's a different route. I could take the way that is maybe less congested, maybe more scenic. It may add a few minutes but you have to ask yourself if it is worth it to get rid of the anger."
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