The Influence and Neuroscience Behind the Pain of Hypervigilance

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What is Hypervigilance?

Hypervigilance involves a heightened state of awareness and the readiness to be ready to run away or hide at any moment. For primates, including man, this is an adaptive evolutionary trait designed to keep us out of or to run from danger.

However, hypervigilance becomes a life-altering problem when it interferes with the ability for a person to form lasting intimate relationships or even to function normally in society.

Hypervigilance itself is not a mental health condition, but it most definitely is part of many trauma-related disorders. Experiencing hypervigilance is like living life ready for nuclear war to start at any moment.

Hypervigilance is associated with the following mental health disorders. This list is not all-inclusive.

  • Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Personality Disorders
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder
  • Mood Disorders

A person becomes hypervigilant during childhood after exposure to life events including the death of a parent, witnessing violence or being the victim of violence or any situation where the child feels in danger.

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