Symptoms of Dysregulation

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Symptoms of dysregulation in the nervous system


Possible emotional and psychological symptoms of dysregulation:

  • Shock, denial, or disbelief

  • Anger, irritability, mood swings

  • Guilt, shame, self-blame

  • Feeling sad or hopeless

  • Confusion, difficulty concentrating, cognitive difficulties

  • Anxiety and fear, panic

  • Feeling disconnected, spacey, or numb

  • Feeling guarded and being closed off from others, relationship problems

  • Feeling insecure

  • Feeling overwhelmed or frozen

  • Aggression, rages (road rage, tantrums, etc.)

  • Sensations of horror, fear, terror

  • Speeding up emotions, reactions and speaking


Possible physical symptoms of dysregulation:

  • Insomnia, restless sleep, nightmares

  • Being startled easily

  • Nervous habits

  • Shaking, trembling

  • Increased respiration

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Racing heartbeat, increased blood pressure

  • Aches and pains

  • Fatigue and inability to stay awake

  • Edginess and agitation

  • Muscle tension, back pain, fibromyalgia

  • Digestion and bowel problems (IBS)

  • Perception disorders (tinnitus, hyperacusis, hypersensitivity, blurred vision, etc.)

  • Biting, grinding teeth, TMJ

  • Migraines

  • Increased autoimmune conditions (hives, psoriasis, Crohn's, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.)

  • Decreased immunity


Social Symptoms of dysregulation:

  • Disrupted attachment, such as pushing away and pulling towards behaviours in relationships

  • Withdrawing from others

  • Being overly clingy or needy with others

  • Sexual Overactivity/Underactivity (though I do not believe that there is one norm)

  • Irritability in relationships

  • Overly rigid or overly loose boundaries with others


Many of these symptoms may be reduced through therapy.