Irritability can be seen through a wide lens that ranges from short lived normal reactions to annoying or aggravating situations to prolonged or frequent angry or impatient reactions to everyday circumstances. Indeed, the length of time irritability is experienced is a defining characteristic of many mental health diagnoses. However, sometimes there are medical reasons that may need to be ruled out that can lead to continuing irritability. If you are experiencing on a regular basis a “short fuse” or “snapping” at those around you or loved ones are telling you that you don’t seem to “be yourself”, it may be time to take a look at what you are experiencing at home, at work, with family or friends. Keeping a log of when and where irritability occurs is often the best way to make a judgment about your next step. This exercise may provide you with clues about whether this is something that you can define and resolve for yourself or something that needs professional evaluation.