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Always angry and stressed with nervous stomach. Suggest?

Dec 2012
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Im always angry and stressed and my stomach is nervous in its upper part and all that because of over thinking and taking things personal
Posted Mon, 21 Oct 2013 in Anxiety and Stress
Answered by Dr. Nsah Bernard 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
Anger can be a good thing

Detailed Answer:
Hello XXXXX,

Thanks for posting your query,

I will like to start by saying that anger can be a good thing and I am glad that you realize that it is a problem in your life. It is a good step towards controlling your anger and stress (admitting is usually the most difficult thing to do). Anger is an emotion characterized by antagonism toward someone or something you feel has deliberately done you wrong. It can give you a way to express negative feelings, for example, or motivate you to find solutions to problems.
But excessive anger can cause problems. Increased blood pressure and other physical changes associated with anger make it difficult to think straight and harm your physical and mental health. When it gets out of control and turns destructive, it can lead to problems—problems at work, in your personal relationships, and in the overall quality of your life. And it can make you feel as though you're at the mercy of an unpredictable and powerful emotion.
Managing your anger crisis will depend on which type you present i.e passive or aggressive anger (your psychiatrist or counselor will be able to differentiate after interviewing you).
People use a variety of both conscious and unconscious processes to deal with their angry feelings. The three main approaches are expressing, suppressing, and calming. Expressing your angry feelings in an assertive—not aggressive—manner is the healthiest way to express anger. To do this, you have to learn how to make clear what your needs are, and how to get them met, without hurting others. Being assertive doesn't mean being pushy or demanding; it means being respectful of yourself and others.
Anger can be suppressed, and then converted or redirected. This happens when you hold in your anger, stop thinking about it, and focus on something positive. The aim is to inhibit or suppress your anger and convert it into more constructive behavior. The danger in this type of response is that if it isn't allowed outward expression, your anger can turn inward—on yourself. Anger turned inward may cause hypertension, high blood pressure, or depression.
Unexpressed anger can create other problems. It can lead to pathological expressions of anger, such as passive-aggressive behavior (getting back at people indirectly, without telling them why, rather than confronting them head-on) or a personality that seems perpetually cynical and hostile. People who are constantly putting others down, criticizing everything, and making cynical comments haven't learned how to constructively express their anger. Not surprisingly, they aren't likely to have many successful relationships.
Finally, you can calm down inside. This means not just controlling your outward behavior, but also controlling your XXXXXXX responses, taking steps to lower your heart rate, calm yourself down, and let the feelings subside.
When any of these three techniques do not work, then something worst can happen and it is better you seek medical attention for guidance at ones.

Hope this will be able to help you and please feel free to write back.
Dr. Nsah
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