Anger can manifest in multiple forms: passive anger, active anger, and assertive anger. It is an emotion of antagonism towards someone or something for doing you some wrong. It is a reactionary emotion. Occasional anger is not bad. Sometimes anger can be used as a positive driving force for motivation and an urge to take care of a problem. Anger is a signal that something is wrong in your environment, and you need to take care of it. Prolonged anger on the other hand can cause you psychological problems as well as physical ailments. Prolonged anger can turn into stress and tension, and this can lead to many ailments including blood pressure, heart disease, kidney malfunction, stunted growth, and many other problems. You should get an anger test done to recognize the problems being caused by anger. Since anger is a behavioral problem, traces of anger cannot be found in your blood. Through various tests, you can find out what physical problems are being caused by your anger.
In the two hours after an angry outburst, the chances of getting a heart attack double. Therefore, one shouldn’t take being angry lightly. Repressed anger can be more dangerous because it keeps the simmering anger within and generates a multitude of toxins inside the body.
The brain processes every instance of emotional stress. When you feel angry, millions of nerves within your brain release chemicals throughout your body and from different organs. The brain releases stress hormones, both adrenaline and non-adrenaline. Anger also compromises the neurons in the hypothalamus, which is the brain’s command center for stress response. The muscles in our body tense up when we are angry. The anger releases neurotransmitter chemicals in the brain.
Anger originates from the reptilian part of our brain called the amygdala. It is just above the hypothalamus gland of the brain. It is the prefrontal cortex that encourages us towards a violent behavior and uncontrollable rage. Uncontrollable anger can trigger seizures and many people.
Since anger can have a negative impact on different organs of your body, there are a multitude of tests that can be performed to recognize the ill effects of getting into anger fits all the time. The doctor may advise you to go for a cholesterol test. You may have to go for a liver function test. Sometimes an iron studies test is also recommended for an anger test. What anger tests you may have to go through depends on your symptoms and the observations of your doctor.
Frequenlty Asked Questions
What are the signs that I’m getting angry?
It is better to know the signs that you are angry because sometimes mentally you may not be able to recognize it. You should look for the following signs: You are frequently rubbing your face. Your heart rate has increased. You may have sweaty palms. Your hands and lips are shaking. You are pacing around. You are talking louder than usual. You are looking for comfort food or drink such as sweets, tobacco, alcohol or drugs. You want to run away. You are irritated. You are resentful.
Can anger have lasting effects?
Yes, it can. When you repeatedly get angry, your body generates lots of cortisol and cortisol results in excess glucose and then your insulin needs to manage this excess glucose. This triggers type II diabetes, which may be irreversible. Diabetes can lead to stress on your kidneys and hence, kidney malfunction. Your entire lifestyle can be altered. Some people also get a stroke due to anger bursts. Extreme anger can trigger seizures or even brain hemorrhage.
Is anger a medical problem?
Anger is a behavioural issue. It can become a medical problem if it is triggered by hypertension which may itself be triggered by anger issues. Hence, it can become a self-fulfilling cycle. Whereas anger is a non-medical problem the repercussions that it has are certainly of medical nature. If anger is not controlled in time and if you don’t take an appropriate anger test (or a series of anger tests) then multiple medical problems can arise.
Can anger be controlled?
In most of the cases, yes, it can be controlled. Sometimes you simply need to change your outlook. If your blood pressure rockets simply because your child refuses to cooperate, instead of getting into a rage, try to understand why the child is not cooperating and how a common ground can be achieved. Similarly, if a situation is making you angry, maybe you need to look at things from a different perspective. You can regularly meditate. You can avoid highly spicy foods. Exercise everyday so that toxicity is released. Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Try to look at positive things in life.
What type of anger test should I go for?
An anger test is conducted normally at the advice of your doctor to see what ill effects your constant anger has left on your body. The doctor may advise you to go for a heart checkup. You can go for a blood sugar test in case there are symptoms of type II diabetes. If you have been gaining weight because you eat a lot during angry bursts, you can get your cholesterol levels checked. You can also get your thyroid checked because thyroid imbalance can be caused due to constant chemical reactions happening inside your body because of anger.