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Irritability is an excessive response to stimuli. It may be viewed as both an emotional state and a personality trait

The term irritability is both used for the physiological reaction to stimuli and for the psychological, abnormal or excessive sensitivity to stimuli.

Irritability may manifest in behavioural responses to both physiological as well as behavioural stimuli - the latter including areas of environmental, situational, sociological, and emotional stimulus.


Irritability can result from conditions such as:

Irritability in infants

Irritability in children

Irritability in older adults


  • Budreau Infant Irritability Scale
  • Reactive Irritability Scale II (RIS-II):


See also



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