Dec 22, 2015 · In the case of minor or mild type exaggerated startle response, the affected individuals experience irregular or changeable startle response with none or a few other symptoms. In infants, fever can bring this type of exaggerated startle response and in the adults; the intensity of the responses of startle may be influenced by anxiety or stress.Occupation: MD,FFARCSI. Increased startle response: A sign that your nervous system is in survival mode. Sometimes this state of readiness can show up as the startle response. This is a biologically programmed sequence of movements to keep us safe in the face of sudden danger.
In the minor form, individuals with hyperekplexia usually experience only an inconstant exaggerated startle reaction with few or none of the other symptoms. In infants with the minor form, the reaction may be brought on by fever. In children and adults, intensity of the startle response may be affected by stress or anxiety. One aspect of a highly sensitive nervous system can be a strong startle response or startle reflex, which can be related to a vulnerability to anxiety. Among the items in the Self-Test for sensitivity by Dr. Elaine Aron is “I startle easily.” In an edition of her Comfort Zone .
The lack of experimental paradigms that are appropriate and effective across development confounds the interpretation of research using the startle response as a physiological measure of fear and anxiety. Differences between children and adults in components of the startle response Cited by: 23. Perceived childhood sexual abuse was the greatest predictor of increased startle response. Notably, emotional abuse in childhood did not affect baseline startle, and all groups demonstrated equivalent levels of fear-potentiated startle. The long-lasting effects of early life trauma result in increased risk for adult psychopathology.Cited by: 104.
We all jump at an unexpected noise or touch, but in some people, this startle response is exaggerated, and can cause falls and even death. Now, researchers in the United Kingdom have found new Author: Live Science Staff.