Does PTSD Cause Hypervigilance?

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PTSD symptom guide

If you experience hypervigilance, it might be hard to concentrate or an unexpected movement can startle you. Hypervigilance may also make you irritable at times or find crowded spaces overstimulating.

Hypervigilance is a heightened awareness of your surroundings, on high alert in order to sense danger.

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What does hypervigilance really feel like?

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I’m constantly checking to see who’s behind me. In line I basically have to stand sideways or have my back to the wall.

Bryce A., Mighty community member
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Hypervigilance is a common symptom of PTSD along with other mental health conditions where your fear response is turned up, like anxiety disorders.

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if you experience hypervigilance, You're not alone.

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