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Can an extreme fight or flight response cause mental impairment?

Can an extreme fight or flight response cause mental impairment?

Possibly: Extreme fight or flight response equals extreme reaction to stress, which triggers the release of a harmful cascade of neurotransmitters and hormones, like cortisol, affecting negatively all body functions & organs, especially the brain. Acute stress disorder and post traumatic stress disorder are well established mental impairments directly related to exposure to high stress situation. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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Can an extreme fight or flight response cause a physical sinus injury?

Can an extreme fight or flight response cause a physical sinus injury?

Unlikely: It's good you've read up on the fight-and-flight automonic responses. While this cannot physically damage bone or overlying soft tissue, sustained anxiety might conceivably cause extra secretion of fluid and/or plugging of the sinus outlet by swollen mucosa. If you are in a long-term difficult situation or want new coping skills, perhaps your physician can help you find a way out. Good luck. ...Read more

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What causes a strong "fight or flight" response with endoscopy?

What causes a strong "fight or flight" response with endoscopy?

Hyperarousal: the idea of a tube down your throat is unlikely on anyone's list of favorite things. some people have a strong gag reflex, some have a sensation that they can't breathe (though the tube goes down the way food goes down and has no bearing on breathing). to make it less stressful, conscious sedation is typically used. ...Read more

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Does anxiety, fight or flight, affect strength levels?

Does anxiety, fight or flight, affect strength levels?

Good defense: Anxiety is a process involving thoughts of uncontrollability and unpredictability of future events & physiological arousal in preparation for future threat. Anxiety is helpful when at optimal levels. "fight or flight, " is related to fear, the clinical manifestation of panic. By definition, we may do superhuman things when our defenses arise in certain situations; but not on a daily basis. ...Read more

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Can depression increase or decrease immune response?

Can depression increase or decrease immune response?

Decrease: Depression is a stress on the body. It can increase your level of stress hormones such as cortisol or adrenaline. The immune system is weaker and it is more difficult to fight off infection. ...Read more

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I suffer from a fight or flight response in social situations and when presenting to people. Any supplements to help?

I suffer from a fight or flight response in social situations and when presenting to people. Any supplements to help?

Yes, but...: Many supplements can reduce anxiety; some of the best are holy basil, l-theanine, magnesium taurate or glycinate and 5-htp. However, you many benefit even more by cognitive behavioral therapy, emotional freedom technique, biofeedback ;/or meditation. Homeopathy is also often very successful for this issue but it would be best to consult with a homeopath: http://bit.Ly/18bi6nb. ...Read more

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Techniques to quickly end an anxiety or panic attack?

Abdominal breathing: Best is learn to use deep breathing using abdominal muscles ehale slowly or using paper bag last option is xanax (alprazolam) or other benzo. ...Read more

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Would activation of the sympathetic or parasympathetic nervous system lead to hunger?

Would activation of the sympathetic or parasympathetic nervous system lead to hunger?

A PairofSympathetics: The answer could be made VERY complicated but, just to sort-of give an overall picture: if you are jagged-up by the sympathetic system, you won't have much of an appetite unless you're a shark on the make (well, a shark is a Chondrichthyte so technically doesn't have a sympathetic nervous system....whatever...), but if you are calmed down parasympathetically your juices will flow, ready to eat. ...Read more

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Can anger trigger an anxiery attack/panic attack?

Can anger trigger an anxiery attack/panic attack?

Yes it could. Risks : ; triggers: some things which can ^ risk of panic attacks include: previous abuse/ trauma as well as genetic predisposition. Traumatic brain injury, hyperthyroidism, hypoglycemia, mitral valve prolapse, recurrent hyperventilation, extreme physical activity, drug abuse ; stimulants may ^ risk. Acute stressors or chronic stress, illness, claustrophobia ; major life changes can also play a part. ...Read more

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How epinephrine work during the stress response?

How epinephrine work during the stress response?

Fight & flight: In response to a perceived threat, Epinephrine prepares your body to fight with or flee the predator/other aggressor. It signals your heart to pump harder, increase blood pressure, open airways in the lungs, narrow blood vessels in the skin and intestine to increase blood flow to major muscle groups, and works with other stress hormones like cortisol. It's adaptive acutely, but not chronically. ...Read more

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What's an immune response?

What's an immune response?

Multiple layers: It is the body's response to attacks from foreign material. The response is typically the production of igg, igm and IgA antibodies to fight infections. It is also making ige antibodies that are responsible for allergies. Immune response also includes white blood cells like neutrophils and blood proteins called complement. It's a system with multiple layers and redundancies to protect the body. ...Read more

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What controls response to stress?

What controls response to stress?

ANS, hormones: Physiological stress response is governed by the autonomic nervous system, esp the sympathetic division. Also, stress hormones e.g., cortisol enter the bloodstream. As a result the body is primed for "fight or flight" survival action, although this can be harmful if it happens repeatedly or chronically. Psychologically, stress response relates to temperament, personality, & learned behavior. ...Read more

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What food help the immune system fight off an infection?

What food help the immune system fight off an infection?

Nothing specific...: There are no specific foods studied in the scientific literature that boost the immune system but eating a healthy diet in general is good for all aspects of health. A diet rich in fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean meats, and healthy fats will certainly make you feel good. ...Read more

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Can an immune system fight the rabies from a cat?

Can an immune system fight the rabies from a cat?

Rabies: This is a very serious illness and can be fatal. Immune system cannot fight . That is why anti- Rabies Vaccine is administered. ...Read more

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What meds reduce sympathetic or increase parasympathetic nervous system? My system is way out of whack after many illness & horrid reaction to sudafed

What meds reduce sympathetic or increase parasympathetic nervous system? My system is way out of whack after many illness & horrid reaction to sudafed

Sorry, you lost me: Your autonomic system doesn't just sit there. Its activity constantly changes from moment to moment. Please repost & explain what you think you mean by "way out of whack." Also, unfortunately, "horrid reaction to sudafed" is useless as pt history. Finally, please explain why you imagine that your sympathetic nervous system needs reduction & your parasympathetic increasing. Why not the opposite? ...Read more

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Will caffeine cause an anxiety attack?

Will caffeine cause an anxiety attack?

Caffeine can trigger: A panic attack as can the combination of caffeine and sugar. If you are prone to panic attacks avoid both caffeine and processed sugars. ...Read more

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Can emotional stress weaken the immune system?

Can emotional stress weaken the immune system?

Stress & immune syst: Yes. Chronic emotional stress weakens the immune system making you more vulnerable to illness. It's important to manage stress well to have good health. ...Read more

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Can laughter therapy help fight cancer?

Can laughter therapy help fight  cancer?

May be: It is not likely to change the course of disease but would improve the quality of life of the patient. ...Read more