Managing Hypervigilance with my PTSD

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The feeling that anything could happen at any moment affects the emotions, causes night terrors, panic attacks, high blood pressure, fatigue, and destroys relationships.

These feelings of “hypervigilance” became a habit for me. It was my way of self-defense against the dangers I endured. It primarily occurs in those of us with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). We feel we must be alert at all times and prepared to act because of the trauma we endured.

As I was on alert day and night, my brain and body began to shut down. It started affecting my relationships, life, and physical wellbeing in a disturbing way. After many restless nights, night terrors, panic attacks, high blood pressure, headaches, dizziness, nausea, and addiction, I cried out for help because I couldn’t take it anymore.

I got diagnosed with PTSD and learned that my mind and body were trying to deal with my life experiences. PTSD affects more than 14 million Americans, and it does not only affect veterans. It can affect anyone who endures violence or trauma. We become overwhelmed with agony, terror, regret, guilt, bitterness, and powerlessness, and these feelings do not go away.

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