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Signs and Symptoms of Agitation

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Signs and symptoms of agitation come in a variety of forms. Try to handle your agitation effectively so that it doesn't ruin your day or experience. If you notice that you are exhibiting agitated symptoms, put a stop to them immediately. Take a break from whatever is frustrating you and do something enjoyable for a few minutes.


If you are unable to relax, it's likely that you are agitated and stressed. Sit down for a few moments to collect your thoughts and take a deep breath. Try to let whatever is ailing you go, as concentrating on it won't lead to anything positive. Nervous habits, such as playing with your hair, biting your nails and tapping your foot or hand, also can be signs that you are less than comfortable.

Anger Easily

A person who is easily angered is exhibiting an obvious sign of agitation. If you are easily angered, think about what was bothering you before your anger flare up and try to let it go. Easily angered people can become dangerous in certain situations as some people are more likely to resort to violence. If you encounter someone who is easily angered, it's best not to bother her, as she will likely be ready to start a fight or argument.

Body Language

Body language is an obvious indicator of mood. Agitated people are likely to stomp from room to room, slam doors or even set objects down on counters or tables aggressively. Frowning, lip biting and noises, such as clicking or sucking sounds, can be an indicator of agitation. Pacing from room to room or down the hall also is an indicator that someone is stressed or agitated.


An inability to focus could be a sign of agitation. Often when people are caught up in their own problems or worries, they find it difficult to focus at work or school. Lack of focus signs indicate erratic behavior, forgetfulness and giving into the temptation of distraction. Signs of agitation and anxiety often go hand in hand since agitation can cause someone to lose focus, which can create a shortage of time to complete a task. This event then is likely to lead to anxious behavior.


Crystal Lassen hails from Kansas City, Mo. and has been a book critic since 2008. Her reviews have appeared on the Publisher's Weekly website and are largely concerned with current events. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing from The University of Kansas.

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