MS – Anxious? Stressed out? Angry??

This one is interesting… I notice that maybe I am highly affected by stress, and maybe a bit more frustrated… but angry…? hmm…maybe I am withholding it?? : p

According to a study – to be published in the December issue of the European Journal of Neurology – people with MS feel more than twice as much withheld anger as the general population, which in turn could have an adverse effect on both our relationships and health.

I won’t go into details with the specifics of the study which you can read under the Medical News Today link (dated Nov 26th 2009) but will bring up the key findings, whereby MS patients:

  • Were more than twice as likely to experience high levels of withheld anger, with 60 per cent of patients recording the same high levels as the top 25 per cent of the general population.
  • Exerted a low level of control on their anger, with just 11 per cent of patients reporting the same high levels of control compared to the top 25 per cent of the general population.
  • Were about the same as non MS patients when it came to expressed anger, with 30 per cent of patients reporting the same high levels as the top 25 per cent of the general population.

To simplify it… well…our anger is slightly different than that of the general population.. despite the fact that the expressed anger is somewhat similar, we seem to have a higher level of unexpressed anger and less control of our anger (than people without MS…).

The lead researcher, Dr. Nocentini adds that “anger disrupts interpersonal relationships and this is particularly true for withheld anger, which might go unrecognised by other people”.

“Witheld anger has been reported to be associated with physical problems, in particular high blood pressure and vascular disorders, and may have a negative effect on the general health of MS patients. Because withheld anger has no, or few, overt manifestations, and is unlikely to be recognised by clinicians or reported by patients, it is important that MS patients are asked if they experience abnormal anger.”

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