How to Deal with Irritability and Mental Health Disorders

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Dealing with irritability can make a big difference in your mental health. Learn 5 practical and easy tips to deal with irritability at HealthyPlace

How to Deal with Irritability and Mental Health Disorders

Irritability and mental health disorders are frequent partners (The Links Between Anxiety, Anger, and Depression). The neurological changes in the brain that contribute to mental illnesses can change emotions and thoughts, sometimes making us feel agitated, tense, and far from calm and peaceful. Then, once we experience irritability and begin to act on it, we can worsen negative thoughts and emotions and increase feelings of anger. Dealing with this irritability positively can help us better tend to mental health.

Try these tips for dealing with irritability:

  • Breathe. Taking slow, deep breaths calms the mind, reduces tension and anxiety, and takes irritability down a few notches.
  • Release pent-up tension. Take a brisk walk around the block, trot up and down several flights of stairs, or squeeze stress balls rhythmically.
  • Take time for yourself, away from stimulation.
  • Have a code word. It can be hard to calmly explain that we need some time to ourselves. Using a code word allows you to excuse yourself without having to explain, as the code word explains for you.
  • Whatever you do, keep it simple. The goal is to soothe, not to increase irritability.

Irritability occurs with many mental health disorders, but you don't have to let it take over. Deal with irritability to enhance your inner peace and wellbeing.

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2017, March 16). How to Deal with Irritability and Mental Health Disorders, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, May 24 from

Last Updated: May 8, 2017

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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