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NewsIrritability in Mood: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Irritability in Mood: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment


Irritability in Mood: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Most people experience occasional bouts of irritability and go through bouts of anger, irritability, and hot-temperedness at the same time. However, if this condition becomes chronic and extreme, according to experts, it can be a sign of a regular medical condition, such as anxiety and depression. These are regularly diagnosed mental problems, which may require treatment.

In the English language, the word (Irritability) is used for this condition, which means ‘temper’ in Urdu. Here’s what you need to know about this condition:

What is temperament?

Temperament is a mental state that combines feelings of irritability, anxiety, and anger. People with this condition tend to be impatient and short-tempered, reacting quickly with frustration to even the slightest problem. Abby Wilson, a licensed clinical social worker in Houston, says, “Anxiety is a natural human emotion, but if a person experiences it excessively, it’s likely a regular medical problem that needs to be treated.” Persistent and disruptive bouts of moodiness or irritability can be a sign of a mental health disorder, such as anxiety or depression. It can also be related to physical problems such as brain injury or sudden drug withdrawal.

Signs of temper tantrums

Prematurity can have many symptoms but there is no specific definition. People with irritability experience restlessness, problem-focused attention, mood swings, especially irritability and anxiety, aggressiveness, irritability, physical symptoms such as rapid heart rate, tension, and feeling restless. There may be several symptoms.

Causes of temper tantrums

There is no single cause of this condition. “The causes can be multifactorial, acute or chronic,” says Debra Stultz, MD, a psychiatrist in Barboursville, West Virginia. Occasional irritation can arise from any number of common minor problems, such as a repetitive motion, financial problems or work deadlines. Chronic irritability can also be caused by a number of psychological and physical factors.

Psychological motivations

Temperament is indicative of several mental disorders. Persistent irritability in mood is common in people diagnosed with anxiety and depression. Genetic research suggests that for some people, irritability may even be an inherited trait. Psychological causes of irritability include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), sleep disorders such as insomnia, insomnia, sleep apnea, and sudden onset of severe somnolence, post-traumatic stress. Disorder (PTSD), may include dementia.

Physical stimuli

Irritability can also be triggered by physical discomfort, pain or stress, says Dr. Sultinoff. “Physical restlessness is usually chronic, which, over time, destroys the ability to handle the emotional and physical pain associated with feeling restless.” Causes of this condition include chronic pain, various medications Such as the use of steroids, stimulants, antidepressants and some antihypertensives, pre. Menstrual syndrome, brain injury, underactive or overactive thyroid, drug withdrawal, low blood sugar may occur.

Causes of temper tantrums in children

Affected children are referred for mental health evaluation after concerns about aggressive behavior are raised. Although moodiness is a normal symptom of stress, if the condition is chronic and severe, it can be a sign of a larger problem such as depression, anxiety, autism, bipolar disorder, ADHD or oppositional defiant disorder. (ODD). ODD children are born with a condition in which they are not ready to listen and obey anyone and consider their peers, parents and teachers as their competitors. Some research suggests that irritability in children can lead to anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder later in life.

Diagnosis of Temperament

Temperament is not considered a mental disorder and therefore cannot be formally diagnosed. But that doesn’t mean people shouldn’t seek help when they need it. “People who are experiencing irritability can benefit from mental health care services to manage these feelings,” says Wilson. Therapy can help people understand the underlying cause of irritability. It may involve learning new coping mechanisms to better understand and manage certain emotions.”


A mental health practitioner will first assess factors that may be contributing to a person’s irritability. Although there is no single treatment for temper tantrums, treatment methods such as Parent Management Training (PMT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) have shown improvement in children.


Although there is no official cure for the symptoms of irritable mood, you can manage the condition by taking several precautions.

* Avoid caffeine, such as coffee and tea, as well as smoking, alcohol

* Get at least seven hours of uninterrupted sleep a night

* Identify the things that cause irritability in mood, try to avoid them

* Identify things that bring you peace of mind, such as worship, exercise, reading, listening to music, etc.

* Adopt ‘mindfulness’

When should you consult a doctor?

If you often suffer from severe irritability, or you feel that these feelings are affecting your daily life, it may be time to seek help from a medical professional.


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