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The psychological term for being in a state of high alert is “hypervigilance”. Taking a look at the words, “hyper” means an increase while vigilance speaks to the levels of sensory perceptions. Ultimately hypervigilance relates to how keen one reacts to different stimuli.
As one of the main symptoms of PTSD, hypervigilance is closely associated with this particular disorder. In fact, if a therapist diagnoses a patient with PTSD, then the first thing he or she will do is look for clinical signs of hypervigilance. The good news is that these symptoms manifest themselves quite overtly in a physical fashion. However, the key to understanding hypervigilance is not pigeonholing it into just a physical disorder.
Hypervigilance has consequences for a person’s emotions along with their relationships. Simply put, for people who have a relationship with a hypervigilant person, these relationships can be exhausting and require boundaries. Though PTSD is not a mental illness in the way bipolar disorder is, it can be quite debilitating.
Although PTSD hypervigilance is the most common, hypervigilance can be a symptom of other types of mental health issues. However, a disorder like schizophrenia has different modalities of treatment than PTSD.
Physical symptoms of hypervigilance can include the following:
Rapid heartbeat and elevated blood pressure
Fast, shallow breathing and/or hyperventilation
Extreme fatigue or exhaustion
These physical symptoms, or interoceptive exposure revealing a hypervigilant personality, show how the body reacts to the mind. When the mind is on alert, the body responds to support the senses and react accordingly to stimuli. Being on alert is quite taxing, hence the fatigue and exhaustion—especially when respiration is abbreviated.
Emotional symptoms of hypervigilance can include the following:
An increase in fear or anxiety
Consistent feelings of panic
originally posted by: Lumenari
originally posted by: seeker1963
a reply to: xuenchen
Is it just me or is anyone else scratching their head that someone as DUMB as Brennan was the head of the CIA??? Where did he fall in the Progressive stack to get hired??
It had something to do with birds.
Swallows,to be exact.