Ten Signs You Have a Sensitive Nervous System


If you have a sensitive nervous system, it means that you are more responsive than the average person to triggers in your environment – and this, in itself, is a broad topic.

Nervous system triggers could be anything from the fabric of the clothes you are wearing to something that somebody says to you in passing. It could be an uncomfortable situation you find yourself in, an incident that startles you, or any other occurrence that activates a response.

Fight or flight?

Our inherent “fight-or-flight” response is normal. It warns us of imminent danger, helping to guide our decisions on what to do about it. For a more sensitive individual, however, taking action may be difficult as we don’t want to upset the status quo, even if we know it is going to make us uncomfortable.

If you feel overwhelmed by your surroundings, you may have a sensitive nervous system.

Here are ten signs that you may have a sensitive nervous system:

1.     You need to be in a calm environment all the time

Seeking out a peaceful, tranquil, and controlled environment is often used as a method to deal with sensitivity issues. If you find yourself unable to cope without the comfort of this tranquility, this may be a sign of hypersensitivity.

2.     You scare easily and become overly upset if startled

When people sneak up on you or otherwise startle you, you completely lose your composure.

3.     You have a difficult time staying asleep

Tossing and turning in bed and not being able to stay asleep because you are mulling over conversations or the events of the day.

4.     All of your senses are heightened

In the hyper-sensitive individual, any stimulus can be an energy drain. Excessive noise, intense smells, bright colors, extreme heat, or cold – all of these things can potentially cause you stress.

5.     You feel overwhelmed a lot

You may feel overwhelmed by even the most mundane day-to-day issues, like going to the bank or meeting up with coworkers after hours.

6.     You do not handle stress well

Everybody deals with stress in their own way. However, a person with a sensitivity disorder may amplify these issues beyond what is necessary to process it.

7.     You don’t do well in crowds

Crowded places, like the mall, city streets, concerts, or even meetings at work, may be a trigger for sensitivity issues.

8.     You feel uncomfortable around strangers

You may find yourself avoiding situations where you will have to interact with people you don’t know.

9.     You feel things more intensely than others

You find yourself overly emotional to the point of crying, becoming fearful, or angry, and it happens more often than not.

10.  Hypersensitivity to physical stimuli (sound, smell, touch)

Any stimuli can elicit an emotional response. It’s when these responses get in the way of enjoying life that you should be concerned.

When to seek help

An overly sensitive nervous system can cause many outward manifestations. For some, these responses can interfere with the enjoyment of daily life. Fortunately, there are many techniques and coping mechanisms that can be very helpful in mitigating your stress, and we want you to know that we are here for you and ready to help. Reach out today to find out how to get started. Visit Roots Through Recovery at 3939 Atlantic Ave, Suite 102 Long Beach, CA 90807 or call (866) 766-8776 for immediate assistance.

7 thoughts on “Ten Signs You Have a Sensitive Nervous System”

  1. for years in years I felt like my nervous system was shot ! the least little thing would put me in to fight or flight . My hands and feet sweat . My mind races on empty thoughts I can’t focus my breathing is difficult . The chaos that is everywhere is overwhelming it’s both internal and external .🙃😧😣

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      That’s too bad. How are you feeling now? Has anything improved? If it’s still the same, would you like to have a consultation and see what you may need? You can respond here or send us an email at info@roots-recovery.com.

  2. I would like some help/ advice

    I have been battling with thinking I’m overwhelmed a lot throughout my day for a long time now

  3. Hi. I cannot enjoy life and being hypersensitive is destroying my life, my relationships are suffering as people are feuding with me because of my health. I myself cannot tolerate wearing clothing, tolerate people talking, touching me, basic sounds in life, finding it difficult to deal with the other symptoms.

  4. I suffer daily. Right before I wake up I start feeling the precursors to anxiety, my heart rate speeds up, I get a weird feeling in the pit of my stomach. Then when I wake I feel like I just fell out of a 10 story building and someone caught me at the last minute. Dread hits me. Not just that, but the nerves in my body feel like they are all super sensitive. My legs burn, my bladder hurts like I have a UTI but a UA will be negative. My skin is so sensitive to touch that sometimes my clothes even hurt. My sense of smell is hypersensitive, like if my husband fixes eggs, or if I smell something nasty it really gets to me more than other times. I wake up constantly through the night for no reason. I get so tired, run down and nervous I don’t even like me. If I bump let’s say my hand kind of hard, within 10 minutes my whole arm hurts. I’m tender all over. I’ve had 3 back surgeries, the last two included fusions of my L3-L5 vertebrae. Seems like most of my symptoms started within a year if my first back surgery about 25 or so years ago. Though I’ve always suffered with anxiety since I was a young child. Homelike was chaotic with an alcoholic father and a workaholic mother. Now that I’m getting close to 60 yrs old, im a wreck physically, mentally and emotionally. I don’t know where to turn. I don’t know if the anxiety has caused my physucal symptoms and worry there’s something the doctors just are not catching. I have a string family history of autoimmune disorders like DM 1 & 2, lupus, MS and fibromyalgia, which is what they are calling all this. I think they stick that label on people when they can’t figure out what the real problem is. I wish I knew what to do and where to go for help. I’m in misery.

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