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
  • Anxiety
  • Stress

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:
depression with fatigue
refined sugar consumption
eating during sleep hours
a high-stress lifestyle
weak appetite
antianxiety drug use
slight afternoon/evening fatigue
having suffered rape
paying great attention to detail
having a CFS diagnosis
short-term memory failure
occasionally feeling unusually cold
... and more than 70 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
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 98% Confirm
Stress 14% Unlikely
Anxiety 2% 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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