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Treatment plans for irritability are individualized depending on the cause, the presence of coexisting diseases, the age and medical history of the patient, and other factors. Treatment generally involves a multifaceted plan that addresses the underlying or associated cause and helps to moderate frustration, anxiety and stress so a person experience less irritability can function effectively. Early diagnosis and treatment can often maximize the effectiveness of treatment.
Irritability can sometimes be partially treated using medications, such as anti-anxiety medications.
Treatment of irritability caused by mental health disorders and addictions may include a combination of medications, detoxification programs, rehabilitation programs, addiction recovery programs, psychotherapy and ongoing medical and psychological monitoring.
Alzheimer's disease can cause severe irritability, but there is no treatment that can cure or slow the progression of the disease. However, medication may help people with Alzheimer's disease to improve cognitive functioning and lesson irritability.
Irritability caused by age-related cognitive decline can often be minimized by treating the cognitive decline. This includes multipronged treatment plan that includes a physical exercise program, a memory-enhancement program, eating a highly nutritious diet, ensuring good hydration, and supplements, such as gingko.
Other more serious causes of irritability need more intensive treatment. These include stroke, anemia, brain tumor, subdural hematoma, brain abscess and encephalopathy. Treatment plans vary depending on the specific cause and may involve medications, regular medical monitoring, surgical procedures, rehabilitation, speech therapy, lifestyle and dietary changes, hospitalization and life support measures.
The list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Irritability includes the following list. Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.
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