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Type D Personalities May Be at Risk for Heart Disease

Friday, October 01, 2010


If you are a Type D personality, you may have a higher risk for heart disease, according to a summary article published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. Most of us are familiar with Type A and B personalities but maybe you’ve never heard of Type D. This personality  is characterized by a tendency towards worry, irritability and gloom, social inhibition and a lack of self-assurance.

Forty-nine studies with some 6,000 patients were analyzed during this research. Viola Spek, Ph.D., senior author of the study and a researcher at Tiburg University in the Netherlands stated, "Type D patients tend to experience increased levels of anxiety, irritation and depressed mood across situations and time, while not sharing these emotions with others because of fear of disapproval." For more information, read the article - Type D Personality Associated With Higher Future Heart Risk.

If you can relate to the Type D personality, you should consider seeking help from a mental health care professional. They will be able to help you work through negative feels and emotions. Visit Managing Stress on my website for specific stress management tips. You can improve your physical and emotional health!


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