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    Being Irritable is a normal response. And sometimes the feelings of abnormality and fear of stigmatization exacerbate bouts of irritability. Once you learn to accept what is going on, you can take active steps to mitigate your responses, and therefor your condition.
    You have to identify your new normal. The good news is, that this may not be a new permanent normal. That you may find treatment options that help mitigate many of your symptoms.

    But identifying what your new normal response is, emotionally and physically, to everyday stimuli helps to lower anxiety levels significantly, so that when you have an episode, it's to an association inside your brain and body, and not in addition to feelings to helplessness and bewilderment, because you don't understand what set you off to begin with.

    If you know that some encounter whether it be with a movie, a place, a smell or a sound is going to set you off, piss you off, scare you, cause low level anxiety, then you can take steps to avoid that encounter, or at least know what to expect when you have it.

    It makes all the difference in the world.

    I will give you an example: I cannot have alarm clocks going off to wake me up. Instant Adrenaline Rush, and instant--Piss Off.

    I got my spouse a clock that starts at a barely audible tone that gently increases in volume, and hey, no one has to be stuffed in the closet.

    Things that startle me out of sleep are triggers. They aren't the worst ones, but they lead to irritability and consistent low levels of anxiety.

    So I solved that problem.

    Some are not so easy to solve. But being able to remove some of these triggers helps make room for me to cope with bigger ones.

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