Impulsive anger linked to inflammation
Feelings of anger, manifested in impulsive, violent behaviors, may be connected to inflammation in certain areas of the body, according to new research.
In the study, researchers recruited 70 people with intermittent explosive disorder (IED)—a condition marked by impulsive aggression, including road rage and abusive behavior. Comparing these two groups with a control group, the researchers found a direct relationship between inflammation in the blood and impulsive aggression in people with IED.
The findings, published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, are unable to explain whether impulsive anger causes blood inflammation or vice versa. However, researchers said that their findings open a new direction of research, one focusing on whether treating inflammation could eventually help reduce impulsive aggression.