Excessive irritability

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Presentation[edit | edit source]

Prevalence[edit | edit source]

  • Katrina Berne reports a prevalence of 70-90% for mood swings, excessive irritability, and overreaction.[1]

Symptom recognition[edit | edit source]

  • In the Holmes criteria, excessive irritability is an optional criteria for diagnosis, under the section Minor Symptom Criteria - Neuropsychologic Complaints.[2]

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Potential treatments[edit | edit source]

Severe irritability is a common symptom in autism, and the main treatment for this is atypical anti-psychotic drugs such as amisulpride ( Solian), risperidone (Risperdal) or aripiprazole (Abilify).[3] Very low dose amisulpride has also been shown to reduce the fatigue and bodily symptoms of ME/CFS[4]. N-acetyl-cysteine can help the irritability in autism, but the research showed this is not quite as effective as atypical anti-psychotics.[5]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Berne, Katrina (Dec 1, 1995), Running on Empty: The Complete Guide to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS), 2nd ed., Hunter House, p. 60, ISBN 978-0897931915 
  2. The 1988 Holmes Definition for CFS
  3. Posey, David J.; Stigler, Kimberly A.; Erickson, Craig A.; McDougle, Christopher J. (Jan 2, 2008). "Antipsychotics in the treatment of autism". The Journal of Clinical Investigation. 118 (1): 6–14. doi:10.1172/JCI32483. ISSN 0021-9738. PMC 2171144Freely accessible. PMID 18172517. 
  4. Pardini, Matteo; Guida, Silvia; Primavera, Alberto; Krueger, Frank; Cocito, Leonardo; Gialloreti, Leonardo Emberti (Mar 2011). "Amisulpride vs. fluoxetine treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome: a pilot study". European Neuropsychopharmacology: The Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology. 21 (3): 282–286. doi:10.1016/j.euroneuro.2010.10.008. ISSN 1873-7862. PMID 21112746. 
  5. Hardan, Antonio Y.; Fung, Lawrence K.; Libove, Robin A.; Obukhanych, Tetyana V.; Nair, Surekha; Herzenberg, Leonore A.; Frazier, Thomas W.; Tirouvanziam, Rabindra (Jun 2012). "A Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial of Oral N-Acetylcysteine in Children with Autism". Biological Psychiatry. 71 (11): 956–961. doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2012.01.014. ISSN 0006-3223. PMC 4914359Freely accessible. PMID 22342106. 

Myalgic encephalomyelitis or chronic fatigue syndrome


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