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  • Sam DiFranco


Although, irritability is an normal expression, prolonged irritability can be an indication of a mental problem.

Irritability can be caused by stress and interferes with sleep schedule, work, eating and or relationships with others. For those who struggle with this, it could be beneficial to speak to a therapist.

Someone who deals with severe irritability, may have poor coping skills and are not attending to their self-care. Other common symptoms of severe irritability consists of:

  1. Bipolar disorder

  2. Anxiety

  3. Depression

  4. Poor stress-management

  5. Attention deficit

Irritability might also be directed at unrelated individuals, especially in times of depression, anxiety, or stress or when the feeling seems to have no direct cause.

Time may be a necessary factor in overcoming irritability. While attempting to calm emotions, it may be helpful to exercise or otherwise move the body, avoid interactions that might lead to further irritation, and try to find a mood-lifting activity or something to laugh at. Studies show that laughter is generally an effective way to reduce stress and tension.

If these options are not working, therapy can aid in discovering the underlying cause, which may be an outside factor or a mental health condition, addressing the issue, and establishing coping skills. For more information, visit

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