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Mom is jumpy and easily startled all the time?

Mom is jumpy and easily startled all the time?

Jumpy: Possible causes are medical illnesses, medications or anxiety. Consult her primary care doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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I have a question about what could be wrong with me I have ringing in my ears all the time, numbness and tingling in my legs and feet, nervousness, chills, upset stomache, socially withdrawn, jumpiness or easily startled, feeling from being distracted fro

I have a question about what could be wrong with me I have ringing in my ears all the time, numbness and tingling in my legs and feet, nervousness, chills, upset stomache, socially withdrawn, jumpiness or easily startled, feeling from being distracted fro

Hello. : Hello. I can't diagnose your symptoms. However, just reading some of the description makes me wonder if you are a combat veteran or if you have had a head injury. Post traumatic stress can present with becoming easily startled (increased startle reflex) especially with loud and unexpected noises. Jumpiness can come from being in a frequent fight or flight state (ready to jump into action to protect oneself). This is from dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system. Upset stomach can also be caused by this. Feeling emotionally numb with detachment from loved ones is common. There can be difficulty falling asleep due to painful ruminations and memories of traumatic events. If someone has nightmares they might be afraid to fall asleep. Additionally, if someone has been in a combat environment, the enemy often strikes at night, so the brain gets used to sleeping lightly or sleeping little. There can be awakening from nightmares (even if they aren't recalled). Often with either a traumatic brain injury or with post traumatic stress disorder, there are sleep disturbances which can include restless leg syndrome. Restless legs can make it very difficult to fall asleep. Ringing in the ears (tinnitus) occurs frequently after traumatic brain injuries. The lack of ambition can result from depression or because a person develops a foreshortened sense of the future (ie. I will never be happy again. My career will fail. Etc.) loss of touch with reality is dissassociation. It is a defense mechanism used by the brain to take you away from something that is very emotionally upsetting. It can be quite dangerous. For instance, if you are driving a car and are dissassociated - you are not able to pay attention to the road. Depression can also leach all the joy from life. Strip you of energy and motivation. I am most concerned by your suicidal thoughts. Your symptoms are treatable. Your quality of life can improve. Please don't give up hope. If you have a suicidal plan and an urge to act on it, you need to get emergecy help. Think of how devastated your children would be without you. As i said earlier, i can't diagnose you. But I do recommend that you obtain a psychiatric evaluation. Symptoms of possible depression, post traumatic stress and possible head trauma can be explored. You had the courage to write in and ask about this. The next step is to muster your courage to be evaluated. Your life can be better. Take care. God bless. ...Read more

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I am very easily startled and flinch at everything. Nervous nelly?

I am very easily startled and flinch at everything. Nervous nelly?

Have quick response: Some people are very reactive and it helps to change your life a little and to focus on being very healthy. Take time for yourself and exercise every day, take deep breaths several times a job, eat healthy foods and laugh a lot. ...Read more

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I cannot sleep. I have constant anxiety, am easily startled....I think it's ptsd. How can I get some sleep? I've tried all over the counter meds....nothing.

I cannot sleep. I have constant anxiety, am easily startled....I think it's ptsd. How can I get some sleep? I've tried all over the counter meds....nothing.

Get help: The degree of anxiety that you are describing would benefit from professional help, especially if you are suffering from PTSD. A combination of,psychotherapy and possible medication is your best bet. Don't put it off. Lack of sleep makes anxiety worse. ...Read more

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Help with a sudden jumpiness .?

Jumpiness: If symptom of anxiety, then meditation & yoga & relaxation training can help. If symptoms persist, discuss with a psychiatrist about possible medications for anxiety. ...Read more

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Chronic nightmares and jumpiness with anxiety?

Chronic nightmares and jumpiness with anxiety?

Make an appointment : With a sleep medicine doctor to see if this is related to a sleep disorder. If cleared, see a psychiatrist in your area for help. ...Read more

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What causes numbness & jumpiness in arms & legs?

What causes numbness & jumpiness in arms & legs?

Possi myoclonic jerk: More details needed but myoclonic jerks are possible. See a neurologist. ...Read more

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Could jumpiness be a mental health problem?

Could jumpiness be a mental health problem?

Could Be Anxiety: High levels of anxiety can cause a release of adrenaline that gives us that "nervous energy" that can make us figety or jumpy. We can also develp an exaggerated startle response, especially with ptsd. ...Read more