Fight or flight response

  • (See also ‘Adrenaline surges’ or ‘Panic attack’)
  • An extreme and intense surge of nervous energy associated with either a trigger or for no apparent reason
  • Increased heart rate, palpitations, blood pressure, hand tremors
  • Hypervigilance
  • Overly alert, jittery, clammy, sweaty
  • The release of a metallic taste in your mouth after you’ve been startled
  • Increased blood sugar and metabolism
  • After the surge dissipates, you might feel shivery or cold
  • For many, these surges are worst first thing in the morning upon waking