Irritability can be a common, short-term reaction to a frustrating situation.
Severe and/or long-term irritability, however, may be the symptom of a mental health issue that can substantially diminish a sufferer’s quality of life.
Symptoms of irritability
Irritability can manifest in a range of ways, from visible signs of aggression and changing moods to problems with attention and social interaction:Daily Telegraph. (2013). ‘Health advice: managing irritability’. [online] Available at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/10143474/Health-Advice-Managing-irritability.html [accessed 26 Oct. 2017].
- Showing aggression (physical or verbal)
- Frequent bouts of anger and rage
- Swift changes in mood
- Blaming others for our own mistakes
- Having reactions disproportionate to situations (a ‘short fuse’)
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Difficulty concentrating on tasks
- Becoming quieter, even reclusive, to avoid showing irritability