The 'Fight or Flight' Mechanism is what our body is supposed to do when it recognizes that we are in immediate danger. It's how people do crazy things like fight off people twice their size or lift cars off people to rescue them. However, in people with POTS, our body seems to be stuck in a constant state of 'Fight or Flight'...and it is a miserable way to feel and extremely tiring.
Aja barely read or wrote anything on her subject but she pinpointed everything. I guess it helps that she's an ex teacher. It was really interesting because I'm standing up there giving my presentation. It starts off fine but anxiety and adrenaline start setting in. Knowing that when you've been stressed for an extended period of time it gets locked in your body and in your muscle. Your cortsal is hanging onto all that stress.
The fight or flight response is an involuntary, spontaneous reaction to an impending danger. Imagine walking through the woods. You come face to face with a wolf. Your heart starts beating fast, your muscles tense, you are instantly alert. For a split second you are paralysed with fear. Then you make a decision. You decide to either defend yourself or run. This is the fight or flight response. For people with GAD this is everyday life #GAD #anxiety #fightorflight #fear #mental #health
Sympathetic (fight or flight) vs para sympathetic (slow down). Introverts have a dominant para sympathetic and extroverts have a dominant sympathetic system. Extroverts thrive on dopamine and introverts thrive on acetycholine nuerotransmitter. From the book "The Introvert Advantage" by Marti Laney
“Mommy, why do I worry so much?” At some point, children with anxiety want to understand why they are suffering from persistent worry. Try walking your child through this infographic. Kids love to learn that worry actually has a very specific...
From the Gottman Institute: Physiological "flooding" is characterized by an increased heart rate (+100 BPM), the secretion of adrenaline, an increase in blood pressure, and other symptoms of an activated sympathetic nervous system in the fight-or-flight response. It is physically impossible to hear what your partner is saying. The antidote: Stop the discussion. Take a 20-minute break and practice self-soothing.