I was talking to a friend recently who has bouts of mania, and asked him if his mania caused him to be irritable. He said no. Irritability can be a symptom of mania cause I’ve dealt with it on a few occasions, but, when is it actually a result of mania versus just plain irritability.

One example of a common theme that has caused irritable moments for me, that could also be considered maniacal, is when someone would touch my things:

  1. When I was a child I would flip out if my Mom did my laundry. For whatever reason, I didn’t like people touching my things, and wanted to do things my way so, if she happened to be kind enough to do a load of my laundry I would snap.
  2. Growing up I shared a room with my sister, and I would freak out if she stepped foot on my side of the room. It got so bad I put a piece of duck tape down the middle to divide our room. I feel bad looking back but, I was a manic child.
  3. Several years ago I dated this guy that would often times go on my computer and it drove me mad. Then one day I just grabbed it back and he was offset by my irritable moment. I should have set boundaries before it got to that point cause at that moment, I blew up.

These few examples reflect my mood.  Whether it is considered irritability or mania, it truly is hard to detect. The best thing you can do is try and track your moods, and recognize your moments. By doing so, it helps to know your likelihood to snap so you can do what you can to curb it.