Are You Often Angry, Irritable, You Might Be Depressed

Do you often find yourself irritable or quickly angered? A recent NPR report says you might actually be depressed.

Irritability, a reduced control over one's temper that results in angry outbursts, according to Dr. Maurizio Fava, is a core symptom of depression for children and adolescents.

However, the psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and a professor at Harvard Medical School, says irritability isn't listed as a core symptom for adults. That doesn't make sense to Fava, who asks why would a patient "suddenly stop being angry at age 18?"

"Two-thirds of individuals reported notable irritability and anger and approximately half reported it at a moderate or severe level," says Dr. Mark Zimmerman, a Brown University professor of psychiatry, who along with colleagues, surveyed thousands of patients.

Do you often find yourself angry or irritable? What seems to push you over the edge?


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