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Irritability: overview and introduction 

Irritability: overview and introduction
Irritability: overview and introduction

Argyris Stringaris

and Eric Taylor

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date: 10 December 2019

Irritability is a common presentation for children in mental health services and can be the source of severe psychosocial impairment. Yet, becoming irritable is also part of normal human experience. This apparent tension has been the topic of recent major debates in psychiatry, but has also boosted scientific research into irritability as a mood state. The present chapter brings together scientific and clinical knowledge from several sources to help clinicians understand the origins and management of irritable states in children and adolescents. This chapter describes how this book approaches the major questions about irritability and its boundaries to normality and other disorders.

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