Jumpiness

What Causes Jumpiness?

Jumpiness can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'needs attention'.  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 jumpiness, 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 "jumpiness" as a symptom.  Here are three possibilities:
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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:
regular bizarre dreams
physical abuse during childhood
high diastolic blood pressure
frequent difficulty falling asleep
frequent nightmares
oily hair
marijuana use
high refined sugar consumption
short-term memory failure
paying great attention to detail
recent job/career changes
being very easily irritated
... and more than 60 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of jumpiness:
Cause Probability Status
Anxiety 91% Confirm
Stress 27% Unlikely
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 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 Mind Health section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about jumpiness:
Are you 'jumpy' or easily startled?
Possible responses:
→ No / average / don't know
→ Quite easily
→ Very easily
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate jumpiness, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
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