“Anger is a sign of depression – so why are people in large cities more angry? There are some suggestions that it’s our modern lifestyle,” he says.
The findings are interesting because they have seen in the brain the area which reacts when people fly off the handle and then they have found the area which reacts when people stew and then might react angrily later, out of context. That is often the problem in daily living. You get angry with people and things which are not the reason for provoking the anger. If city people are angrier it could be all sorts of things and being divorced form fresh air and nature has to be one of the reasons. How many people respond so well when they can see the ocean, or take a walk in the forest…stand high up and look over a valley. We are not well without nature. The anger research may or may not help us deal with the causes…but I’m wondering whether it’ll end up with more things to treat symptoms. That is an approach we need to change. We need to look at what causes malaise and change that. I think we also do need to realise that anger is a symptom of depression…and it’s a symptom of being angry too. Sometimes you are angry like you are sad or depressed and the mood passes. The difficulty is we are less tolerant these days of angry outburst and yet it can be like crying or shouting at the football…it can just release the pressure. We are , like in this article, often in the position where we are forced to be under pressure in terms of being constantly provoked by people or workplace circumstance and yet we have no right to be angry. Constant diplomacy is wearing…and probably depressing!