Hyperarousal is a primary symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It occurs when a person's body suddenly jumps into a high state of readiness as a result of thinking about their trauma. Even though there is no real danger, their body behaves as if it is and causes lasting stress after a traumatic event.
PTSD can affect people of any age, including children.
Symptoms of hyperarousal include: difficulty sleeping, difficulty concentrating, irritability, anger and rage, panic, constant anxiety, easily frightened or startled, self-destructive behavior (such as driving fast or drinking too much), a heavy sense of guilt or, shame, In children, sleep problems is often a symptom of hyperarousal. They may experience frightening dreams about the traumatic event. Children may also try to reenact the traumatic event or parts of the event while playing.
Hyperarousal symptoms are usually accompanied by:
flashbacks (vivid memories of a traumatic event), a "numb" emotional state, attempts to avoid triggers that might cause thoughts of a traumatic event.
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An van Veen (physician) and Michael van Gils (therapist) look for the cause of a condition or disease. That is where the treatment starts otherwise, as people often say, it is 'carrying water to the sea'. We call this cause medicine. Sometimes it is also desirable to treat the symptoms (at the same time). We call this symptom medicine.
Chronic disorders often have their cause in epi- genetics. You can schedule a free informative telephone consultation (phone number 040-7117337 until 1 p.m.) at BeterKliniek to discuss your symptoms so that we can provide you with further advice.