How Anger Affects Your Brain and Body

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Our people living with trigeminal neuralgia and chronic pain very often feel anger.   Anger affects your brain and body and impacts pain.

The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICABM) have created three infographics to help explain the process, along with the following article.

Anger can be a challenging emotion to work through.

Sometimes our anger can be frightening. Or, maybe we consider it inappropriate to even feel this way at all.

Not only that, when anger is misdirected, it often leads to poor choices, damaged relationships, and even violence.

So what’s really going on in the brain and body when anger is triggered?

NICABM InfoG Anger Part1

In the heat of anger, we often don’t use our best judgment.

We may say and do things we later regret, or lose track of what we’re arguing about.

Why is that?

Well, it has to do with cortisol. You see, anger can spark an overload of cortisol in the brain.

So where does the cortisol come from in the first place?

And to help you visualize what’s happening when there’s too much cortisol in the brain, we put this together for you.

NICABM InfoG Anger Part2

Anger is an important and sometimes necessary emotion.

But all too often, anger can quickly escalate and become destructive once it’s been triggered.

Uncontrollable anger can often create problems in relationships both at home and in the workplace. But beyond that, it can have devastating physical consequences.

So just how and where does anger impact the body?

That’s what we’re highlighting in the infographic below. It’s the final segment in our 3-part series: How Anger Affects Your Brain and Body

NICABM InfoG Anger Part3

For more practical tools and strategies to help clients manage anger, have a look at this short course featuring Stephen Porges, PhD; Marsha Linehan, PhD; Peter Levine, PhD; Ron Siegel, PsyD; Pat Ogden, PhD; and other top experts.

Tags: Anger and pain, Anger management, chronic pain management

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