It’s important to gain a better understanding of what’s happening when your irritability occurs. To do that, document these experiences. Keep track of how you’re feeling when they occur. Do this for at least several weeks. Consider things such as:
- whether you are tired
- whether you are interacting with certain people
- whether you are hungry
- whether they coincide with certain medications you might be taking
Tiredness increases irritability; that’s true for everyone. It’s difficult to maintain emotional stability when you lack energy.
The same is true with hunger. Some people joke about being “hangry,” a phenomenon where people are hungry and it makes them angry and frustrated. A recent Snickers advertising campaign “You’re not you when you’re hungry” highlights this kernel of truth. When people are hungry they can be irritable.
Certain people can make you irritated after interacting with them and you might not be aware of it. It’s good to explore this possibility.
Do you take any medicine and if so, does it coincide with your moodiness? For instance, certain acne medications cause extreme mood changes.
Hormonal changes are also worthy of exploration. Other things that may seem trivial can make you irritated including your apparel. Uncomfortable clothing can be distracting and annoying.
If this continues to be a problem, consider seeing a therapist. Objectivity could help you to uncover triggers that you might be overlooking. Moodiness can also be a sign of depression and therapy could help. Don’t hesitate to consult a mental health professional. They specialize in solving these kinds of problems. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle