Extreme irritability isn’t just disruptive. It can be unhealthy.
By Andrea Petersen / Feb. 25, 2018
Every child is crabby sometimes. But for some children, the problem is a lot greater than occasional crabbiness.
For these children, the irritability is so constant and severe that it causes serious problems at home and school. What’s more, a high level of irritability in childhood often is a predictor of other mental-health problems later: These children have a greater risk of developing depression and anxiety disorders and are more likely to later have suicidal thoughts, research has found.