all about the fight or flight response, everyone please read

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harry4
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   Posted 5/22/2007 2:48 PM (GMT -7)   
we keep getting questions about problems that are likely to be caused by the fight or flight response, it would help if people would read thru recent posts as the same questions keep being asked and answered
here are some rfight or flight responses which anxiety sufferers often get, for no good reason
 
  • Acceleration of heart and lung action
  • Inhibition of stomach and intestinal action
  • Constriction of blood vessels in many parts of the body
  • Liberation of nutrients for muscular action
  • Dilation of blood vessels for muscles
  • Inhibition of lacrimal glands (responsible for tear production) and salivation
  • Dilation of pupil
  • Relaxation of bladder
  • Inhibition of erection
  • also I would add sweating, blurred vision or loss of vision and freezing up and unable to move

    the blood vessel closure is supposed to limit bleeding if attacked, it causes tingling or numbness

    learning new ways of relaxing and calming yourself is the answer


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    debaser
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       Posted 5/22/2007 2:52 PM (GMT -7)   
    I'm very familiar with that second one. And salivation. That was always weird to me.

    Thanks for posting that. I imagine there are more, but that's a pretty good start.
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    ChristianWithHope
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       Posted 5/22/2007 8:24 PM (GMT -7)   
    Dilation of the blood vessels is well known to me. When I first developed severe anxiety, it was during the winter. I could never get warm and chills would run down my back throughout the day. At night I would freeze - even wearing full sweats with a hood tied under my chin and layers of blankets. I figured I must have a fever or something. In the midst of this I began having stomach pains. Add it all up and I must be dying. : )
    My doc even told me he thought I had a virus. Nope...it was anxiety...

    harry4
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       Posted 5/23/2007 12:27 AM (GMT -7)   
    the stopping of stomach and digestion can cause food to rot in the intestines causing terrible smells and much gas
    a product that often helps is alfalfa tablets, they have many enzimes and seem to wake the system up and get it working properly
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    debaser
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       Posted 5/24/2007 1:55 PM (GMT -7)   
    harry4 said...
    the stopping of stomach and digestion can cause food to rot in the intestines causing terrible smells and much gas
    a product that often helps is alfalfa tablets, they have many enzimes and seem to wake the system up and get it working properly


    Oh.....Alfalfa tablets. They went really, really wrong for me. Made it a lot worse. That's not to say it would do that for everyone so I don't want to discourage anyone from trying them. Just full disclosure!

    They say exercise is the best thing to get the digestive system moving again, but unfortunately if you feel bad exercise is about the last thing you want to do.
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    ChristianWithHope
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       Posted 5/24/2007 7:17 PM (GMT -7)   
    But it's not always about what we WANT to do is it. Sometimes it's about doing what we know needs to be done - and what we know will pay emotional dividends (like exercise). : )

    debaser
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       Posted 5/24/2007 9:28 PM (GMT -7)   
    ChristianWithHope said...
    But it's not always about what we WANT to do is it. Sometimes it's about doing what we know needs to be done - and what we know will pay emotional dividends (like exercise). : )


    True, very true. But if you feel like throwing up, exercise is more than a little unappealing!

    Edit:


    If I may reply to myself, I have sets of 15 and 20 pound dumbells. A lot of times I curl them until I simply cannot lift them anymore. They're certainly not the heaviest dumbells made, but they're far from the lightest. If you lift them and lift them and lift them, it's an aerobic activity. And if your anxiety is affecting your stomach and you can't run or walk at more than a snail's pace without getting sicker, it's a pretty decent alternative. I don't know why I didn't mention that before.

    At the very least, it's distracting.

    Before my panic was diagnosed and I had no idea what was making me so sick at my stomach, I noticed that if I got extremely angry about something my stomach would feel better for a moment (only to get worse after I became less angry, but still...). I wonder if that has something to do with fight/flight?
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    Post Edited (debaser) : 5/30/2007 11:40:08 AM (GMT-6)


    Howlyncat
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       Posted 5/29/2007 6:53 AM (GMT -7)   
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    great info here Harry as per the norm
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    stkitt
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       Posted 5/30/2007 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   

    Good Morning All yeah

    Every time your body triggers the fight or flight response, for situations that are not truly life-threatening, you are experiencing, in effect, a false alarm. Too many false alarms can lead to stress-related disorders like, heart disease, high blood pressure, immune system disorders, migraine headaches, insomnia and sexual dysfunction.

    The fight or flight response may also be triggered by anticipatory anxiety. Similiar to stage fright, you start getting anxious about what might happen and things escalate to anxiety or panic attacks.

    Great info from all, way to go everyone.


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       Posted 6/6/2007 4:00 AM (GMT -7)   
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    Great input as always Harry

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