Scots a nation of hot-heads in need of anger management

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SCOTS lose their rag more easily than the English, a new study has revealed. The myth of the fiery-tempered Celt - quick to anger, slow to forgive - is apparently true, and now the British Association of Anger Management (BAAM) is to open its first office in Scotland.

Far from being a laid-back nation, Britain as a whole is revealed as an increasingly angry country, a survey by NOP reveals. One in four believes the UK has become an angrier society in the last decade, and more than one in ten lose their temper at least once a day. Mike Fisher, a psychotherapist and director of BAAM, said: "We are in a culture where there is a lot more pressure to perform and lot more pressure to keep up.

"In addition, there is a lot more pressure from people pollution - such as noise pollution.

"People become more stressed because they are leading more stressful lives, which fuels anger. And they are ashamed because they feel angry which fuels the stress - it’s a vicious circle."

In November, BAAM will be holding a conference in Edinburgh on anger management. Book your place now - you’ll be cross if you miss out.

Mr Fisher said: "Anger is a healthy emotion - in the right place and time, asserting yourself to protect your best interests - but the problem is knowing when to control it."

•A HEARING device which might not look out of place in a science fiction film is launched in the UK this week. Makers of the RetroX system, which involves surgically implanting a tube through the skin into the ear canal, believe those with impaired hearing will appreciate the discreet device with better sound quality.

But the bonuses come at a price, with the aid costing about 3,000 to fit. Last week, two middle-aged men from the Midlands became the first patients to start the process of having the device fitted in the UK.

Ear specialists from the around the country have now shown interest in acting as regional outlets for others interested in having the aid fitted.

Unlike a conventional aid which goes into the ear itself, the new device fits behind the ear and allows the wearer to hear sounds as normal.

However, it is able to turn up the volume on frequencies that have been lost - making it most suitable for those with high-frequency deafness.

This combination of normal and amplified noises is said to lead to a much more natural sound quality. More information about the hearing aid is available by calling 0800 328 1267.

•A 21-YEAR-OLD Scots girl has become the media face of the campaign to raise awareness about the threat of deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

Rosie Hall, from Dumbarton, is heading an effort to warn young people about the potentially life-threatening condition. The media studies graduate was hospitalised by blood clots after she flew home from the Caribbean on an 11-hour flight.

She has now joined Jackie Baillie MSP to convey the message that DVT can affect all ages.