Do You Get Annoyed Too Soon? Here’s Why You Should Take It Seriously
Everyone gets irritated at some point or another, but some people seem to have shorter, more sensitive tempers than the rest. There are many factors that can induce irritability, and these factors can range from lack of energy to lack of food. But sometimes, your frequent irritability might be a sign of an underlying mental illness. While irritability is commonly seen as a ‘normal’ human experience, it can actually be a tell-tale sign of a bigger mental health issue. Of course, just because you get annoyed too soon doesn’t mean that you should see a psychiatrist. But if it persists and starts to impact your familial, social, and professional relationships, you should take some effort to treat your irritability. Here’s when you should take your irritability seriously.
You Cannot Control Your Irritability
If your bad temper goes out of your control, it might be a matter of concern. While it’s true that everyone gets irritated, extreme irritability is a cause for concern. It can impact your relationships. If you are not sure why you are irritable, it might be caused by an underlying mental illness. Extended irritability is a potential symptom of mental depression, according to top psychiatrists. Many individuals who suffer from depression do not demonstrate a depressed mood, but they feel irritable almost all the time. Of course, irritability alone is not a symptom of depression, and it often comes accompanied with other symptoms such as a change in sleep, energy level, appetite, and low self-esteem, among others.
You Easily Get Anxious
Many people get anxious from time to time. However, if you feel more anxiety than others, it might be a symptom of anxiety disorder. People who suffer from this condition often feel anxious and irritable even while doing normal, day-to-day activities. Irritability might not be the sole symptom of anxiety disorder, but it might be a primary symptom. Anxiety disorders are marked by constant feelings of anxiety and the anxiety does not seem to go away. Lack of concentration, racing thoughts, nausea, insomnia, and palpitations are some other symptoms of anxiety disorder. It becomes quite difficult for a patient to be in complete control of his or her mind and the situation gets worse with time.
You Exhibit Frequent, Intense And Prolonged Irritability
It’s also important for you to see if your irritability is taking a turn for the worse. Persistence and severity are the two biggest factors to take into consideration. Persistent irritability is often a sign of depression, anxiety and even schizoaffective disorder or bipolar disorder. Men often demonstrate anger and irritability more than often due to the gender normative expectations of the society. Women, on the other hand, become sad and tearful, besides being irritable. Renowned therapists often diagnose mental depression and anxiety disorder based on three factors, namely frequency, intensity as well as duration of irritability. If you get irritated frequently, if the issue persists and if your irritability is intense, you are probably suffering from a bigger disorder.
How To Stop Being Annoyed Easily?
Before calling 911, you should put some effort into treating the disorder at home. To start with, you can try improving your diet, besides doing workouts regularly and going to sleep early. Aside from that, you should also make new friends, socialize as much as you can, and lead a normal social life. Cognitive behavioral therapy and problem-solving games and puzzles are often used to treat irritability and anger disorder. You might consider residential anger management treatment. Residential, outpatient and executive anger management classes are also available easily. Additionally, you have to reduce your caffeine and alcohol intake and get rid of the nervous energy. You may also try yoga and meditation to get some peace of mind. It is best not to consume over-the-counter medicines as these medicines have many side effects, and even if you decide to go for some medicine, you should first consult a licensed psychiatrist.
Understanding the cause of irritability is one way to deal with it. Fortunately, there is no dearth of treatment options, and you can easily find a good psychiatrist in your area. However, you should not take persistent and intense irritability lightly as the underlying mental disorder, if left untreated, can become worse with time and at some point, you may not even find a cure for your mental illness.
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