To learn many more strategies for recognizing and controlling anger, read “Outsmarting Anger” by Harvard Medical School's Dr. Joe Shrand, with Leigh M. Devine.
Besides the damage that anger can do to relationships, there's growing evidence that anger is just plain bad for your health. You've probably heard about people who get heart attacks from having “Type A personalities” — from being hard-driving and perfectionistic. There's a measure of truth to that, but anger is even more of a factor in bringing on a heart attack.
Dr. Komaroff is a physician and professor at Harvard Medical School. To send questions, go to AskDoctorK.com, or write: Ask Doctor K, 10 Shattuck St., Second Floor, Boston, MA 02115.
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