What is Hyperarousal?

Let’s learn a little bit about one of our Nervous systems states, shall we? First up, Hyperarousal!

Hyperarousal is known as the "fight or flight" response. The sympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system activates when we experience unease, which triggers a perception of danger. 

Symptoms of hyperarousal: intense emotions, rush of adrenaline, inability to regulate, racing or obsessive thoughts, using food or alcohol to cope, high irritability.

In this state... the world is a dangerous place, people are a threat, and you feel anxious on edge and irritable. 

Some common issues can include: anxiety, panic attacks, anger/rage, inability to focus or follow through, distress in relationships, memory impairment, headaches, chronic neck, shoulder, and back tension, stomach and GI problems, increased vulnerability to illness.