Feeling More Sensitive or Irritable
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Charles Carlson, DO, MS

Charles Carlson, DO, MS (Psychiatry)

Dr. Carlson graduated from Touro University in Nevada with a degree in osteopathic medicine. He then trained as a resident in Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals where he was also a chief resident and completed a fellowship in Public and Community Psychiatry. After training, he started practicing in | Addiction Psychiatry at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs where he also teaches Psychiatry residents.

Yu Shirai, MD

Yu Shirai, MD (Psychiatry)

Dr. Shirai works at the Yotsuya Yui Clinic for mental health treatment for English and Portuguese-speaking patients. He treats a wide range of patients from neurodevelopmental disorders to dementia in children and participates in knowledge sharing through the Diversity Clinic.

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About the symptom

Feeling more sensitive can be feeling more deeply into your feelings or feeling more easily hurt emotionally. Feeling irritable can be feeling more easily annoyed or angry.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Feeling more sensitive or irritable

Possible causes

  • Depression

    Depression is a mental illness that leads to low mood, reduced energy levels, and changes in sleep. This affects everyday activities like attending school and work. As the condition worsens, patients might have suicidal thoughts. Although stress and past trauma can cause depression, it can take time to identify and address causes, and genetic factors may also be at play.

  • Adjustment disorder

    A psychological disorder, often with low mood and anxiety. It is triggered by a sudden change in life circumstances, e.g. divorce or losing a job.

  • Anxiety

    Generalized Anxiety Disorder is a condition in which a person experiences intense, excessive, and persistent worry about a variety of things for six or more months. While anxiety is normal in stressful situations, excessive anxiety can be an indicator of an underlying anxiety disorder and interfere with daily living.

  • Hyperventilation syndrome . panic disorder
  • Depressive
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Migraine
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Schizophrenia

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  • Are you feeling more sensitive or irritable lately?

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Reviewed By:

Charles Carlson, DO, MS

Charles Carlson, DO, MS (Psychiatry)

Dr. Carlson graduated from Touro University in Nevada with a degree in osteopathic medicine. He then trained as a resident in Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals where he was also a chief resident and completed a fellowship in Public and Community Psychiatry. After training, he started practicing in | Addiction Psychiatry at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs where he also teaches Psychiatry residents.

Yu Shirai, MD

Yu Shirai, MD (Psychiatry)

Dr. Shirai works at the Yotsuya Yui Clinic for mental health treatment for English and Portuguese-speaking patients. He treats a wide range of patients from neurodevelopmental disorders to dementia in children and participates in knowledge sharing through the Diversity Clinic.

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