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:
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Stress
  • Anxiety

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:
recent oily hair
often/always feeling unusually cold
refined sugar consumption
occasional chest tightness
short-term memory failure
difficulty getting out of bed
physical abuse during childhood
reduced mental clarity
afternoon coffee/sugar craving
feelings of insecurity
recently going through divorce
frequent bizarre dreams
... 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
Stress 99% Confirm
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 25% Unlikely
Anxiety 5% 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:
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Symptoms of psychological and physiological arousal are very distinctive in people with PTSD.  They may seem constantly on guard and may find it difficult to concentrate.

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