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Irritability - a 'vital sign' for mental health

Irritability can start off like a dripping tap.

At first you might only notice it occasionally.

However, if it's not addressed, things can get worse.

Regular irritability causes a corrosive damage to our loved ones.

Signs might be that you:

  • see everything more negatively

  • are quicker to blame others

  • less compassionate

  • feel less connected

  • less patient

Irritability is a problem because it usually happens in response to our nearest and dearest.

The pressure to be 'ok' all day evaporates as we step into the house.

There is a noticeable 'unwind' after holding it together outside, and a release of pressure.

But it means that the energy bank is low. All of the positive energy has been 'used up' at work and there is nothing left in the tank for our loved ones.

Irritability comes out as snappiness, anger, impatience, loss of humour, over-thinking and low tolerance.

Did you know that irritability is a symptom of a number of problems including anxiety, stress, insomnia, hormone issues and mood problems (amongst others).

It's important to spot this early because the repetitive damage from those constant drips can cause damage to the people it's 'dripping' onto.

No one likes being snapped at or shouted at.

Unchecked it can cause damage to your relationships as you become a cross, short-tempered, shouty or impatient person.

It's even worse when you don't like the person you are becoming.

Guilt and remorse pile onto the original stress.

It's not your fault. This is a symptom of another problem and there is hope.

See irritability as a vital sign and don't ignore it.

Seek help and get back on track with your mood and your wellbeing.

Likewise, your sense of humour is an additional 'vital sign' of wellbeing and if this is becoming flattened, seek help.

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