Dealing with anger can be difficult. It’s an emotion that can bring shame and guilt while being a source of destruction for anything in its path. Anger impacts your brain and body in many ways. Today, Pinnacle Recovery will explain this impact to help you deal with your anger in a healthy way. (National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine).
How anger moves through your brain and into your body
Anger can come from many different places: disappointment, judgment, fear, rejection, frustration, etc. This anger turns into stress. To make the stress useful, different parts of your brain work together. The amygdala anticipates your anger and directs hormones to be released. These hormones are released from the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland, and the adrenal glands. The triggering of the hormones from these areas of your brain prepares your body to acknowledge the stress it feels from anger. The stress hormones that are released impact neurons and cells in your body. This usually isn’t a helpful thing.
How stress hormones can change your brain
Your brain is ever-changing. Cortisol, a hormone that is released during this time, is taken in by your neurons. When too much of this hormone is taken in, your cells fire too often, which kills them. This causes a loss of neurons in different areas of your brain. This loss of neurons can lead to bad judgments, while the increase in cortisol hinders your short-term memory and prevents you from forming new ones. This is why you may not make the best decisions when you are angry and why you may not remember all of the details of an angry conversation. Finally, too much cortisol can decrease serotonin — the happiness hormone.
Anger feeds depression, which then feeds anger. This cycle of anger impacts your immune system, cardiovascular system, and so much more. This is why Pinnacle Recovery believes in working to treat the whole being, not just the mind. We want to make you a happier and healthier person all around. We have our knowledgeable staff on hand to answer your questions about our programs and how we can help you. Call today at 1-866-301-0573 for more information. We can’t wait to hear from you.