Is Irritability a Natural Part of Pain?

Irritability is key component of the agony of pain. Agony is caused by a brain activation pattern that engages our fight-flight stress response. It is there to help us survive and get out of a dangerous situation when we need to. Seeing that irritability is a natural event co-occurring with pain, we can be more compassionate with ourselves and others with pain, showing more patience with each other and less judgment. While it doesn't give us a free ticket to be rude, it can help us recognize that the irritability itself may not be our fault; freeing us from unnecessary guilt, motivating us to find a path away from the agony of pain, and towards a deeper state of calm.

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