Irritability – The Science Behind the Emotion, The Faith Behind the Science

We all have times where we are out of sorts. More often than not we will blame our frustrations and annoyances on situations and people who are in our path. Is it really them who are to blame though. Is it? Or is God trying to show us and teach us something. Is it actually us who need to be corrected?

Yes, the things that people do and the situations that we are in, can be upsetting at times, but very quickly we can go from being upset to being resentful and contentious, almost in the blink of an eye.

James 1:20

For the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Over the last week, I had noticed that I have become short tempered and feeling the stir of anger inside. I was also tired, but my anger kept me motivated. Sure there were things happening around me that could have a negative affect on my disposition, but it was nothing out of the norm. I became more sensitive and reactive to my environment. I was prickly. My defense mechanisms kicked in to self protection mode.


I didn’t know what the root cause of my inner turmoil was till days later. Up until then I was thinking that the cause of my irritation was the people around me and the situations that were arising. I had in fact stopped consuming products that contained sugar. I was withdrawing. I didn’t know that when you stopped eating sugar that your body actually kicks up a stink. lol. But this being beside the point, I was still agitated most of the time.

Psalm 37:8

Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.

While I was looking outward to see who or what was to blame for my predicament, I was failing to look inside for the cause. This went on for days. 

I became aware that the things that were upsetting me where quickly turning into stress. Then it went from stress to agitation and irritability. There had to be a trigger.

I Had Switched On Adrenaline


Definition Adrenaline

  • a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands that increases rates of blood circulation, breathing, and carbohydrate metabolism and prepares muscles for exertion. Fight or Flight Hormone

Lets Look At Adrenaline and What It Does!


  • Increases Heart Rate During Stress
  • Sweaty Palms
  • Expands Air Pressure To Lungs
  • Increases Blood Pressure
  • Looks for an Escape Route
  • Prepares Body to Run Away For Fight
  • Decreases Pain Responses
  • Increases Strength and Performance

This comes in really handy if a lion is chasing us. But for the most part, this hormone is released as a response to daily life stress. When our fight of flight hormone has been switched on, it prepares the body for battle. As a result it prepares the body for action. More Oxygen, Glucose are created. But if we don’t use these extra supplies (which most of us don’t because we are not actually running from a lion), it just hangs around the body and cause side effects until it breaks down in your system.

  • Dizziness
  • Restless and Irritable

So in actual fact, being Restless, Irritable, Annoyed, Resentful and Prickly are a direct result of the Glucose build up within your system. But if you don’t allow the adrenaline switch to be turned on, then these symptoms will not come into fruition.

How Many Times Have You Been Angry and Displayed:

  • Heart Palpitations
  • Sweaty Palms
  • Your Breathing Alters
  • You Can Feel Your Head Heating Up And Then the Rest of Your Body
  • I would be much happier and better if I left this situation ( I would be happier living on my own, on a mountain, in a tent with no belongings lol)
  • I am planning my life away from this situation (I can see the White Picket Fences now, I would be so much more without this person or situation lol)
  • I just want to stand up for myself and fight back (Then I would win the war)
  • I feel the need to defend my position (I’ll Show You Who has the Strongest Wall)
  • My anger dulls my pain (Show no weakness)
  • Feeling stronger and more capable than usual. (I Can Do Anything, And I Just Might, I don’t need or want this situation or person. Arghhhhhhhhh)

This is Adrenaline!!


When the Anger Leaves You, You Then Display:

  • Heart Palpitations and Sweaty Palms Cease
  • Breathing Returns to Normal and Your Head is No Longer Hot
  • You are content with your situation or person even though it is not perfect
  • You are planning to stay in this situation or with this person
  • You do not feel the need to protect yourself, you have let your guard down
  • You are feeling emotionally content, maybe not perfect, but content
  • You are back to doing what you normally would do without your anger superpowers. Eg. Housework, Yard Work, etc. lol

Now I have been in situations where my actual life was at stake and this adrenaline came in handy to get me out of tight spots. It protected me when I needed it the most. I was able to physically get myself out of situations that if I hadn’t I would probably not be here today. Another story for another day.  But for most of the time this adrenaline rush comes when I am ticked off.

Tick (Adrenaline) Tick (Adrenaline) Tick (Adrenaline) BOOM (Anger & Wrath)!!

This is where the saying “Do Not Make Big Decisions When You Are Angry” comes in. If you have adrenaline pumping through your body, your judgement becomes cloudy. You are not thinking clearly.

If you have a tenancy towards becoming angry, then now is a good time to get a prescription for a chill pill directly from the Word of God. You can get upset about things without it leading to stress and anger. God’s Word says so. You can get upset about things without turning on the adrenaline switch. Save that for the lions when they are chasing you. lol.

You can physically feel it when the adrenaline starts pumping. Use this time to stop and reflect and get your peace back. In fact you can nip it in the bud really early if you allow yourself to become aware. When you become upset, don’t let it turn into stress, then it wont turn into Anger.

Upset – Stress – Irritability

Distress (Sorrow/Pain) – Anxiety (Worry/Nervous/Fear) – Irritation (Annoyed/Impatient/Angry)

Should and Can Be

Distress (Sorrow/Pain) – Calmness (Peace/Serene/Placid) – Content (Fulfilled/Satisfied)


Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Proverbs 19:11

Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.

Trust in These Words

Romans 12:19

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”











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