Your Usual Level Of Irritability

What Causes Irritability?

Irritability can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'life-threatening'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose irritability, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "irritability" as a symptom.  Here are eight of many possibilities (more below):
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
  • Calming / Stretching Exercise Need
  • Depression
  • Copper Toxicity
  • Dehydration
  • Phosphorus Deficiency
  • ADHD
  • Anorexia/Starvation Tendency

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
having trouble concentrating
greatly reduced skin elasticity
low energy/stamina
vision disturbances
being an unsocial person
an average-stress lifestyle
depression with anxiety
low calorie intake
paying poor attention to detail
high diastolic blood pressure
constant thirst
irritated eyes
... and more than 90 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of irritability:
Cause Probability Status
ADHD 94% Confirm
Calming / Stretching Exercise Need 30% Unlikely
Anorexia/Starvation Tendency 15% Unlikely
Depression 1% Ruled out
Phosphorus Deficiency 0% Ruled out
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity 0% Ruled out
Dehydration 0% Ruled out
Copper Toxicity 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Emotional Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about your usual level of irritability:
How easily do you become irritated? This is not the same as angry. For example, are you easily annoyed by unwanted noise, other people, or things not going as planned?
Possible responses:
→ I rarely get irritated, never seriously
→ I occasionally get mildly irritated
→ I suppose I am about average / don't know
→ I often get irritated, occasionally very irritated
→ I frequently get very irritated
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate very low irritability, low irritability, being easily irritated or being very easily irritated, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Calming / Stretching Exercise Need

Many people who practice yoga say they experience a reduction of nervousness and irritability.

Depression

A depressive person's irritability is often directed at those closest to them, namely as family and friends.  This alienating of loved ones and family disruption in itself can lead to higher risk of suicidal thoughts.

Effects of a Low Carbohydrate Diet

Not only may diets such as the Atkins Diet impair mental functioning, they may impair emotional functioning as well.  Researchers at MIT are afraid the Atkins Diet is likely to make many people – especially women – irritable and depressed.  [MIT News, 20 February 2004]

Gluten Sensitivity / Celiac Disease

Irritability is one of the most common symptoms amongst children with gluten sensitivity.

Magnesium Requirement

Early symptoms of magnesium deficiency can include fatigue, anorexia, irritability, insomnia, and muscle tremors or twitching.

... and also rule out issues such as:
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