Search Discussions

Main Content

  • anywhereoutofthisworld
    I recently read an article, which you can also read here: Click For Article , that claims people with multiple sclerosis (MS) feel more than twice as much withheld anger as the general population, but expressed anger levels are similar. Researchers were surprised by the results from the 195 MS patients. They also found that elevated withheld anger levels were not related to the severity of the patients' MS. This suggests that these inconsistent changes were caused by nervous system damage, rather than an emotional reaction to the stress of the disease. "We believe that the higher levels of withheld anger shown by the study subjects is due to demyelination, loss of the substance in the white matter that insulates the nerve endings and helps people receive and interpret messages from the brain" explains lead researcher Dr Ugo Nocentini from the IRCCS S Lucia Foundation in Rome. "The way we process anger is controlled by complex interconnections between the subcortical and cortical systems, notably the amygdale and basal ganglia and the medial prefrontal cortex. We believe that the demyelination process that causes the root symptoms of MS also disrupts the pathways that control how we deal with withheld anger." I wanted to hear others opinions on this as it is interesting, just not sure how true it really is.
  • maria1
    Well, Anywhere..., I read the article and have since last eve been thinking about this. Since most of the participants were female I wonder if the research was skewed? Women have been repressed and controlled for ages. Do you place any credence in this work? I htink this is a subjective work or we are missing info that gives it relevance.
  • anywhereoutofthisworld
    Yeah possibly so, but of course one in four MS patients are male so it maybe they figured women are more often the ones with MS. However I do agree with you, to be fair it the study should have included just as many men as women.
  • capitolcarol
    I agree that we do have to withhold a lot of our pent-up anger just to be able to exist along with others.  But, unfortunately, sometimes it is not so easy to hold back our times when we just have to cry.  
  • bubbadog66
    Not to be sinacle of the study but the reasons why i have pent up anger are far less important to me than the solutions to balance out and release anger to a manageable level....what ever that is supposed to look like!!?? For me pent up anger exasserbates with the increase in lack of validation my MS can provide with my most important relationships that existed pre-MS diagnosis. For me it is pretty invisible MS symptoms cause more stress and more anger because i find myself stuck in them, a place that i've never surprise i get elevated pent up anger.

    If i cannot release this anger in a healthy way i could lose my freedom and go to jail. The pent up, my, pent up anger i have scares me to death....good thing i know how to think before i act or react to the rageful anger that exists due to my MS. Whew.......
  • maria1
    Still pondering this one. Expressing anger, releasing that emotion is important to well being. I use to be afraid to think about the anger till I heard someone tell me about a neighbor who was pi##ing him off, he was a brute of course, he said to the lady (wonder what he would have said if it was a man) 'You better shut up before I break off your leg and beat you with it.' Picture the look on her face, giggle.

    Of course i am not capable of that power but thinking of doing it is hysterical, this fat old lady waving around somebody's leg that I just broke off, ha ha. So, I could think it, I didnt have to do it.

    ​Opera is strong music if you know the words in English. Opera covers all the emotions with gusto. Try singing out the rage, play a record loudly, one you have an emotional attachment with, and sing it as loudly and forcefully as you can. That will hel[p vent the anger. (in case the study is accurate, it is important to release all that poison.) Remember to take really good care of yourselves, that is your job. And if you dont let out that poison you will be harming yourself, the body can only take so much abuse. 
  • AnyBeth
    I call p-hacking. The study looked at the angriest quarter of the control group, noted how much of the MS group had an equal average (5% more), then investigated the angriest quarter of the MSers and came to their conclusions -- which they applied to everyone. Presumably, if they'd found something interesting that used all the data, they would have published that. So I'm guessing they didn't. Instead, they carved out a sub-group that produced shiny, publishable results. I can think of social reasons they ignored, but I don't think I need to. They wouldn't have limited what they examined unless there was nothing to see here.

    Still, the angriest quarter of the study group expressed no more anger than the angriest of the control group. This is bad? Expressing more anger can have social consequences, so why would we if we could avoid it? Apparently, the angriest of MSers are, insofar as can be expected, socially responsible with their anger. Cool.