Does Anger Cause Illness?

To say that anger causes illness would be to overstate what anger can do. But we know that anger brings about a state of high physiological arousal, and that chronic anger takes a toll on the body. Here are some health problems in which unmanaged anger can play a role, either in the short term or over the long run:

  • Drug addiction
  • Alcohol addiction
  • Headaches
  • Digestive problems, such as abdominal pain
  • Insomnia
  • Mental health problems, such as excessive anxiety and depression
  • Cardiovascular problems, such as heart attacks, strokes, and high blood pressure