Strong emotions may indicate high levels of stress

A study that was conducted at the University of Pittsburgh suggests that individuals who show strong emotions like anger or anxiety when under stress may also experience negative physical effects as they appear to be more prone to inflammation.

Researchers measured the emotional and physical response to stress tests in healthy, middle-aged individuals and found that those who reported heightened emotions also had higher levels of specific inflammation markers in their blood.

Results of the study indicate that mental health – which includes emotional responses – may be linked to physical health.

“Our results raise the possibility that individuals who become angry or anxious when confronting relatively minor challenges in their lives are prone to increases in inflammation,” said Dr. Judith Carroll, study author.

Employers seeking to cut back on costs stemming from absenteeism and workplace stress may achieve that by implementing employee wellness programs that address stress and anger management. Results of the study suggest that those who are better able to deal with stress mentally also tend to be physically healthier.

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