3 thoughts on “Shocking: The Damage Chronic Anger Does to your Body

  • January 22, 2013 at 2:18 am

    This is an excellent article written with an illustrative choice of words so the reader/listener can get the point via images evoked internally. The ‘beachball’ image is a great example! Even in the counseling room there is a lot of resistance to discussing anger.

    Is this article available on website for dl for client handout?
    Thanks & well done!

    • January 22, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      Thanks for your positive comments, Ruth!

  • March 2, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Thank you for this article. I am working through issues related to childhood trauma at the moment and underlying PTSD, and I am really struggling with dealing with repressed anger at the moment. I know I have to feel angry about what happened to me, and I know it is in there somewhere, but I just can’t seem to access it. Am I trying too hard? I am able now to get angry about not being ‘heard’ in the hear and now, which is definitely progress, but I just can’t seem to get angry about the past, even though I should be furious about what happened to me at the hands of family members as a child. I feel more of a sad acceptance of it all more than anything else, but then I suffer with anxiety, sometimes with derealization and also mild, but constant depression. And I suspect if I could get angry about the past then this would do something to alieviate my symptoms.

    When I got mad about something last week (my Dad acting like a selfish idiot) it felt GREAT. I wrote it all down, I got mad, and I shared it all with my therapist. But then I felt terrible afterwards – I wanted to apologise to my therapist for showing this less than ‘in control’ side of me, and I almost felt like I was trying to draw my therapist into my family drama. He was great, and kept saying he was glad to see me angry. But I am also questioning now why I shared these things with him – and I suspect it was so he could give me a judgement on my Dad (who was part of my trauma problems from childhood and I actually suspect has some kind of narcisstic personality disorder) so that I could use that to dismiss my feelings from the past – I can’t get angry with my Dad because he is the ‘victim” of a mental illness. That’s a whole lot easier than having to actually face the pain and the anger that may follow and asking my Dad to assume some responsibility. Does that make sense? Complicated! But then perhaps I am overcomplicating it. Arghhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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