I like to describe many of the PTSD symptoms, as having a brain that is constantly on full danger alert mode, that is not usually required for the current situation.
Anxiety and hyper vigilance are two of these.
Anxiety is needed in everyone, as this warns us of impending danger, but the PTSD brain is stuck assuming EVERY situation had potential to be highly dangerous.
And anxiety is exhausting.
Vigilance, is also needed by everyone – but normally it is ‘just’ vigilance. Hyper vigilance means we are constantly scanning people, situations, surroundings, environment, for potential danger.
And hyper vigilance is exhausting.
But, I try to have a different view than just hating my anxiety and hyper vigilance.
Because having these kept me alive!!! Continue reading