How rage can make you ill
Posted by Kassi42 in health 10 years ago
The baby-faced kid is crushed against the chain-link octagon, swallowing punches from a fighter twice his size. His skin glows under the lights, until something gives way, and soon he's covered in blood. He's done — pinned, but too proud to tap out — yet the crowd jeers when the ref stops the fight. Even his father protests. Somehow, this Cleveland cage fight has become Caesar's coliseum.  
 
Why so angry? That's the question I'm mulling ringside. And I'm not talking about the grapplers. As combatants in the unofficial minor leagues of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, one of the fastest-growing sports in America, their anger is subsidized. I'm talking about the fans. According to a 2006 Harvard study, 10 million adult men in the United States are so angry, they're sick. In fact, their disease has a name: intermittent explosive disorder, or IED.
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kid-ney: Very interesting subject matter Kassie. I've often heard said that people should speak up when something aggravates, bothers them,(don't keep it bottled up) but this IED disease is much more than speaking out. When someone starts to hit or assault objects/people, (as in a professional diagnosis) there's an unfortunate problem.