Irritability is a symptom of various anxiety disorders. It’s certainly one i’m familiar with as regularly readers of this blog, and those who have followed me on Twitter will probably know.
I do tend to get irritable a lot. And it is usually triggered by a sense of injustice, feeling helpless, but really wanting to do something about the injustice.
The pattern is usually the same, I see someone really struggling with something and I feel I want to do something to help, sometimes there is something I can do, often there isn’t, plus I find it difficult to actually make a move to do so due to my social anxiety, which makes me angry.
I see and hear people making false statements all the time, whether it’s politicians, people in the shop or just people who are walking past. They’re wrong, so wrong, I often think, I’m determined to say something to right that wrong, sometimes I will, that would be accompanied by lots of shaking, panic, then anger and tears.
Some people who use their positions of responsibility often tell blatant lies anger me, but once again there’s nothing I can do about it most of the time.
Part of my anger is directed at myself, the anger is a helpless feeling in part, that I cannot do anything about some situation or another. I don’t have the power to put a situation right. So I blame myself, feeling guilty, then wanting to avoid people more.
I think that’s all I have to say about that right now. I might make another post in the future about it.