Irritability in Adults
What are the signs and symptoms of the condition?
Symptoms of irritability depend on the cause. When a healthcare provider hears that someone is irritable, he or she may want to know:
if there is a known cause
how the person is behaving
when it began
how long it has been going on
whether it is constant or comes and goes
what the person's usual response to problems or pain is
if anything makes it better or worse
if it occurs only at certain times of the day
if there are any other symptoms, such as fever, stomach upset, pain, injury, depression, sadness, or weight loss
if there is any history of any other illnesses, conditions, allergies, or surgeries
what medications the person takes
Other questions may be asked about eating and sleeping habits, activity level, and any other concerns the person or the family has.