Female Irritability

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By Tess Thompson

Medically, irritability is considered to be a response to information, events or actions, or the symptom of a vast range of medical conditions. Irritability represents the physiological response and pathological sensitivity to stimuli. It manifests in behavioral responses to different stimuli - physiological, environmental, situational, sociological and emotional.

Many people get irritated very easily, but fail to identify the source. Female irritability is however, a bit easier to understand. Along with angry outbursts, depression, confusion and social withdrawal, irritability is one of the significant symptoms of the premenstrual syndrome. Irritability is also associated with the premenstrual dysphoric disorder that occurs during and after periods and menopause.

What transpires within the body before, during and after menstruation is equally critical to behavioral changes that occur in women. A number of symptoms start appearing rapidly as the body tries to adapt to the changing levels of hormones immediately before menstruation. While this change in the hormonal levels brings about different types of symptoms with varying levels of severity, irritability is one of the most common symptoms seen in women.

It is true that many a marriages have either broken or are on the verge of it due to the extreme symptoms that menstruation and its total cessation brings about in women. Female irritability is also a contributing factor in domestic tension that hampers good upbringing of children.

It would be unfair to target women alone, as they do not hold a monopoly over irritation. However debatable the issue, men are also prone to hormonal changes with age. Irritable male syndrome is a term used to define a set of symptoms that are considered to be the result of drop in production of testosterone (the male hormone) that occurs in men mostly between the ages of 40 and 55.

Your first attempt should be to be rule out irritability as a stress symptom. Just like managing stress, you can manage irritability through exercise, yoga, meditation, walking and positive thinking. If it is indeed related to hormonal changes, don’t just rush to take supplemental hormones. Try and control your irritation with positive thinking and other stress relief products like aromatherapy oils. A holistic approach to the condition can produce good results, and also save you from the side effects of hormonal therapy. For women, the best piece of advice that anyone can give is that pregnancy, menstruation, breastfeeding and menopause are not illnesses, but a proof of their strength and creative potential.

Whether irritability is in males or females, it does not change the basic fact that it is a symptom highly linked to mental or emotional stress and the psychological conditions associated with it.



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