A wide range of influential authors agree that we are getting more and more angry; and research shows that this anger is linked with a range of physical, mental and social problems. For instance, chronic and intense anger has been linked with:
- higher rates of Coronary Heart Disease, stroke, cancer
- higher rates of common physical illnesses incl colds and flu
- increased risk-taking, poor decision-making and substance misuse
- lower levels of social support and higher stress levels
- less frequent use of positive coping strategies such as actively addressing problems. and
- increased probability of breakups or other problems in relationships
Anger has also been linked with mental health problems including higher levels of anxiety and fear; worry; and higher levels of depression. Anger is also associated with reductions in confidence, happiness, wellbeing and quality of life.
Yet it is highly treatable with CBT.