Anger, Irritability and Mood Swings

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Anger, Irritability and Mood Swings BookletDownload Anger, Irritability and Mood Swings Part of the Brain Injury Series of booklets. Publication in pdf format


Contents: Causes of anger, irritability and mood swings;  Understanding your triggers; What you can do; Tips for other people; Where to get further help and information

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Contributors and Sources

Booklet Content and Concept Development Team, Headway Ireland: Ruth Lunnon (Lead), Catherine O’Hare and Richard Stables from the Brain Injury Information and Support Team, Headway Ireland; Elaine Kelly, Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist and Claire McMoreland, Clinical Psychologist, Headway Ireland Brain Injury Rehabilitation Team.

Acknowledgement: Our sincere thanks to the many Headway clients whose shared experiences made such a valuable contribution to the writing of this booklet and to the Headway Rehabilitation staff who kindly facilitated them in this work.


Sources Used:

  1. Head Injury: the facts. Audrey Daisley and others. Oxford University Press (2009).
  2. Human Neuropsychology. G Neil Martin. Pearson (2006).
  3. Managing Anger after Brain Injury. Helen O’Neill and Tamsin Ahmad, Headway UK (2016).
  4. Psychological Effects of Brain Injury. Andy Tyerman, Headway UK (2016).
  5. Psychotherapy after Brain Injury. Pamela S Klonoff. The Guildford Press (2010).

Headway’s Information and Support Team would be happy to hear your feedback on this material. Please contact us on 1800 400 478 or email


Please note: we have done our best to provide information that is correct and up-to-date. However, we cannot be responsible for any errors or omissions. Everyone’s brain injury affects them differently. You should not consider this information as a substitute for getting advice from a doctor or other professional.

© Headway Ireland 2016. Next review due in 2018. You may download and print this booklet for personal or not-for-profit use. If you wish to reproduce any portion of this booklet, you must request permission from Headway Ireland by emailing or phoning 01 6040 800 within Ireland or 003531 6040 800 from outside Ireland.

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