Today, I woke up feeling like biting heads off. Wow, a rare feeling for me.Irritability isn’t talked about much. One of those wonderful moods I can thank bipolar disorder for. Not the kind that we all get but the type you can’t shake and that’s severe. I’m trying desperately to get this under control.
I hate feeling like this!
I find myself separating from everyone just so I don’t tick anyone off. I’m at the point where I feel like crying. Sad, I know! I don’t want to be touched, talked to, or looked at.
What is irritability? Irritability is a behavior or response to people or circumstances that cause annoyance or frustration. While it can be a normal temporary symptom of situational stress or anxiety, severe or persistent irritability may be an indication of a more complex underlying disorder.
Irritability can be related to psychiatric conditions, such as anxiety disorders, depression, and bipolar disorder.
Here are a few causes to irritability in no particular order:
- Lack Of Food
- Lack Of Sleep
- Alcohol And Drugs Use (substance abuse)
- Nicotine Use
- Poor Diet
- Vitamin Deficiency (ex: Lack of Omega-3)
- Social Withdrawal
- Hormonal Imbalance
- Difficulty With Medication Side Effects
Fortunately, I do have tools to work this out, thanks to my therapist, psychiatrist, and primary care physician.
Here are a few ideas to overcome irritability, in no particular order:
- Relax (breath and focus)
- Comfort Yourself
- Avoid Stressful Thoughts
- Go Out (if safe)
- Visit Family And Friends (if up to it)
- Take A Nap
- Try Not To Be Defensive
- Exercise (ex: take a short walk)
- Eat A Healthier Diet
- Do Something To Distract Yourself (ex: small project)
- Turn on some music (uplifting music)
- Write your feelings down in a journal (ex: mood journal)
- Talk It Over With A Friend, Caregiver, or Close Family Member
Doing one or a few of these really helps! However, sometimes you just have to step away and take a moment to yourself to collect your emotions and thoughts.
If this kind of irritability strikes you often, it is wise to talk it over with your therapist, your psychiatrist, and your primary care physician. They may have great tools and ideas to assist. It is also possible that a certain medication is exasperating the issue.
Whatever the case don’t feel alone! There are many of us who experience severe irritability.