KILL IT BEFORE IT KILLS YOU- Intermittent Explosive Disorder | Anger – Definition | Impact | Remedies

According to ancient Indian texts, ‘Anger’ is one of the 6 harmful senses affecting humans. But as any other emotion its presence is mandatory in human mind. However, as excess of anything is bad; anger can have disastrous effects on our mind and body.

What is Intermittent Explosive Disorder?

Intermittent Explosive Disorder is the repeated aggressive outburst causing physical assaults, destruction of property like throwing things, domestic violence, and road age.

What is anger?

Anger is an emotional response due to discord towards a person, thing or situation.

Types of Anger:

Constructive Anger: It’s a kind of paradox yet true. Constructive anger motivates positive changes, like protesting against something or someone.

Volatile Anger: Volatile anger is short lived but intensive leading to physical and verbal outbursts.

Retaliatory Anger:  This type of anger is backed by an avenging attitude.

Overwhelming Anger: This type of anger initiates due to helplessness where an individual gives up losing to a particular situation or person.

Self-inflicted Anger: This is a type of anger which is imposed one by themselves. This may be due to incompetency,weakness or repeated failure in performing tasks.

Chronic Anger:This type of anger is prolonged like and hampers our immune system and mental state.

Judgmental Anger: This type of anger initiates due to adverse judgments made about other individuals or situations. This can be also due to loathing and resentment.

Passive Anger: this type of anger is very hard to identify as the individual stays calm and the outburst is very unusual.

Anger - Definition | Impact | Response | Remedies

Anger – Definition | Impact | Response | Remedies

Anger and Diseases:

Anger or rage is a very powerful emotion. If not controlled properly, can have long term disastrous effects, like

  • Intermittent Explosive Disorder
  • Headache
  • Weakening of Immunity
  • Heart Attack
  • Stroke
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Depression
  • Increased Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Skin problems such as eczema

How anger affects immunity?

Emotions always affect our physical health, be it positively or negatively.In fact our every cell gets affected by our emotion.Anger affects our well-being if it’s frequent. On the other hand ‘Immunity’ is the natural defense mechanism of human body. Human Immune system performance is measured by secretory IgA or Immunoglobins A which acts as a defensive coating for the cells against attacking bacteria and viruses.

Anger and stress decreases IgA levels, making us more vulnerable to respiratory diseases like cough, cold and flu. A research says that a mere recall of an angry experience causes as long as six-hour long suppression of the immune system.  On the other hand, care boosted IgA levels.

Secondly anger increases blood pressure and heart beat. Vision becomes sharper. If it happens occasionally the effects are not that dangerous unlike if practiced daily. Important is to vent out the anger than keeping it inside ones.


Not only rage but other intense emotions like stress, grief can lead to

  • Heart Attack
  • Stroke
  • High Cholesterol
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Blood Sugar


  • Meditation
  • Mind training
  • Ample rest and sleep
  • Nutritious diet
  • Physical exercise
  • Breathing exercise
  • Maintain a sleep routine
  • Regular health check up

Health Awareness Post by Desun Hospital and Heart Institute