I have written before about what happens when you get overwhelmed and today I want to talk more about this because anger is a major cause of overwhelm.
Anger is a normal protective emotion to alert you to the need to resolve a situation or danger. So it can be good but it can also be very destructive.
The big problem is when anger hangs on and is not resolved. It stimulates your entire body’s stress response and if it lasts too long it causes physical damage to your brain; especially to the parts of your brain that file and store memories and that’s why you many not remember what you wanted to say in an argument.
When anger activates your stress response it increases cortisol in your body and this causes nerve cells to let too much calcium in so that they fire more often which actually kills some of the cells. The neurones (nerve cells) in your memory areas, your hippocampus and prefrontal cortex, are particularly vulnerable to cortisol.
If anger lasts too long it increases aggressive behaviour and leads to depression.
Anger and stress affect also your cardio vascular system, your immune system, your digestive system, your eyes, your bone density and causes headaches
If you know angry people please get them some help or tell them to come and see me before they cause too much damage to themselves and those around them.