shutterstock_83549866An overproduction of stress hormones that when activated do not return to normal but can endure for hours or days as identified below:

  • Jittery, trembling
  • Exaggerated startle response
  • Alarm system in the brain remains “on”; creating difficulty in reading faces and social cues; misinterpreting other people’s behaviour or events as threatening, sleep difficulty and the need to avoid situations that are perceived to be frightening
  • part of the brain systems change by becoming smaller or bigger than they are supposed to be
  • Fight, flight, freeze response (which may look different from person to person)
  • Responses are involuntary

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