Identifying whether you’re becoming hyper-aroused (brain going into overdrive) or hypo-arouses (brain shutting down) is important to tailor your self-management skills that is helpful to you.
When you’re hyper-aroused, you may be over reactive, emotionally distress or have unclear thoughts. To deactivate arousal, use breathing exercises and grounding techniques.
When you’re hypo-aroused, you may feel depressed, lethargic or numb. To activate arousal, sensory stimulating activities with a focus on grounding your experience in the present moment.
There is evidence to indicate that patients with dissociative seizures may have a generalised state of hyper-arousal.