I think part of a personal revolution is waking up to how we self-medicate our hyperarousal
leads down this path of having high Cortisol levels--because stress is pretty high.
Several studies have examined how the four clusters of PTSD symptoms (re-experiencing, effortful avoidance, emotional numbing, and hyperarousal
) may affect how individuals develop and recover from PTSD and AUD.
Of the 136 patients, 14 (10.3%), 15 (11.0%), and 6 (4.4%) had a moderate level of distress in the intrusion, hyperarousal
, and avoidance subscales of IES-R, respectively.
Ressler noted that patients with PTSD have "characteristic reexperiencing, avoidance, and hyperarousal
symptoms," which can persist for months or years after exposure to traumatic events.
(8-10) Unlike symptoms of intrusion and hyperarousal
(Criteria B and E, respectively), which are very common and by themselves are nonpathological, avoidance/numbing symptoms occur much less commonly, are associated with functional impairment and other indicators of illness, and are strongly associated with PTSD.
He was in a constant state of hyperarousal
, and that's why more exercise wasn't what he needed, though it often is what other highly active dogs need.
One is the typical emotional hyperarousal
of being a teen.
This helps balance frequencies in the brain, which in turn improves HRV and reduces hyperarousal
, the state of increased anxiety that can raise blood pressure.
Significant reductions in hyperarousal
(P less than .05) and exaggerated startle (P =.015) symptoms also were seen in the 5.6-mg cyclobenzaprine group, and those participants also had significantly less symptom-related disruption in work/ school, and in social/leisure activities, as measured by those domains on the Sheehan Disability Scale (for both, P less than .050).
Family and twin studies confirm that chronic insomnia can have a genetic component (heritability coefficients between 42% and 57%), whereas the investigation of autonomous and central nervous system parameters has identified hyperarousal
as a final common pathway of the pathophysiology, implicating an imbalance of sleep-wake regulation consisting of either overactivity of the arousal systems, hypoactivity of the sleep-inducing systems, or both.
* Phase 1 involved strategies intended to reduce hyperarousal
through use of CAM, CES, and active self-regulation strategies, including breathing exercises, muscle relaxation, and mindfulness.