Grouchy. Moody. Easily frustrated and annoyed. Short-tempered.All youth experience these symptoms of irritability — an emotional state characterized by proneness to anger — from time to time.
But irritability, especially if it’s persistent, intense, and impacts functioning, could indicate something more than typical adolescence development.
From attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD) to bipolar disorder (BPD), irritability is a symptom and trait shared by several psychiatric conditions.Accurately tracing clinically significant irritability to the right condition(s) — a process requiring careful differential diagnosis — is Step One to managing it.Read more on additudemag.com