Hypervigilance and some ideas to manage it.

Hypervigilance so often accompanies adoptees through life due to early trauma and loss.”Take this information to assess whether you are overworking attention to threat and this may be increasing the stress hormones increasing your anxiety and or pain. Be proactive with some of the strategies to decrease the threat level and decrease pain and anxiety” Thanks to Jerry Kennard for the original blog post and to Sue for passing it on.

sue croft physiotherapist blog

yoga at EP3

Yoga is wonderful for decreasing anxiety and hypervigilance

Another of the Nuggets associated with our pain relaxation class.

Hypervigilance is an enhanced state of sensory sensitivity accompanied by an exaggerated intensity of behaviours whose purpose is to detect threats. Hypervigilance is also accompanied by a state of increased anxiety which can cause exhaustion.(1)

It is commonly associated with chronic or persistent pain conditions and anxiety conditions.

It is characterized by increased physical and psychological arousal. Physically, the person may sweat, their heart rate increases, their bladder spasms, they may have bowel cramps and breathing may become shallow and rapid. They may have delusional or paranoid thinking.

Numerous studies suggest that anxious individuals are more hypervigilant to threat in their environment than non-anxious individuals.  Anxious individuals are constantly looking out for signs of threat or harm in their environment and selectively attend to stimuli signalling possible danger, especially if…

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