The Effects of Adrenaline

During your recovery process, it might not be wise to make decisions based on your feelings. Those things that make you feel alive, like anonymous sex, driving fast, living on the edge, and other activities that chase adrenaline, are cheap pretenders. Does anything in civilian life feel as real as combat? Not initially. However, with time, it will feel more real. What made you feel so alive during combat downrange was the adrenaline pumping through your system, and that sharper than a knife feeling when you see more clearly, taste and hear more keenly, is also a result of your fight/flight response.  One of the other effects, like my colleague Jane talked about, is the anxiety response caused by persistent triggering of your fight/flight response.  Notice that it is based in hormone release, which is not in your conscious control.  What does this mean for you?  It means that a) it is not in your control and b) you have to interrupt the cycle while you fix the trigger.  What do you say to that?  Talk to us.  We are here.  You do not walk alone.  ~ Kay




I'm Kim, and I am a licensed trauma therapist working in Fayetteville, NC. I'm prior active duty, and grew up in a military family. I play keys in a band, play practical jokes, and feel enormously privileged to write for this blog.

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