Do you startle easily? Are you frequently scanning your environment for potential threats? You might be experiencing hypervigilance.
Hypervigilance refers to a state of increased awareness that is common for many anxiety sufferers, especially for those with post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder. It's an abnormally anxious response to what a person senses (sights, sounds,
etc.) or how a person interprets situations. Despite reality, a hypervigilant person may tend to assume the worse or judge situations in a negative light. He or she may not feel able to relax or let their guard down, as if on constant alert.
Hypervigilance is often associated with difficulty sleeping, restlessness, irritability, anger outbursts, exaggerated startle response, and panic attacks. This symptom may be frightening, confusing, exhausting, and worrisome to others who don’t understand.
If you feel you may be experiencing hypervigilance, please seek help from a licensed therapist, counselor, or psychologist. Therapy/counseling my help diagnose and treat anxiety disorders and anxiety-related symptoms. Call The Anxiety Center of Houston today for help.