Unpleasant family secrets raise disease risk, hinder healing

March 25th, 2009 - 5:53 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Mar 25 (ANI): Family secrets such as alcoholism, abuse and unwanted pregnancies are an obstacle to healing when disease strikes, according to a new study.

“Family secrets lead to feelings of guilt, anger and helplessness. These feelings have a considerable impact on health, specifically on the capacity to adapt and find a balance in times of disease,” said Marie-Dominique Beaulieu, a professor at the Universite de Montreal’’s Department of Family Medicine

New research increasingly shows that emotions such as anger and feelings of helplessness lead to a higher risk of disease.

For instance, correlations have been established between anger and coronary heart disease.

“As a researcher, it’’s hard to prove. It would require longitudinal studies and we would also need to know those secrets. But I am convinced that family secrets are detrimental to healing,” said Beaulieu.

Someone can be perfectly happy even if they carry heavy secrets.

“To speak about subjects that have tarnished a family’’s history is a liberating process for oneself and for future generations,” said Beaulieu. (ANI)

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