The 'Fight or Flight' Mechanism is what our body is supposed to do when it recognizes that we are in immediate danger. It's how people do crazy things like fight off people twice their size or lift cars off people to rescue them. However, in people with POTS, our body seems to be stuck in a constant state of 'Fight or Flight'...and it is a miserable way to feel and extremely tiring.
This information graphic shows the body reacts in situations of extreme fear. When I was taking a psychology class, learning about the fight or flight phenomenon was one of the interesting lessons to me. I think it is so cool how your body triggers and deactivates certain processes based on your feelings. http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/fear2.htm
Panic/Anxiety Attack: 1. breathe in 4 sec; 2. hold breath 7 sec; 3. exhale for 8 sec; 4. repeat 1 or 2 more times - this causes an autonomic nervous system shift from a sympathetic (fight or flight syndrome) state to a parasympathetic response
“Mommy, why do I worry so much?” At some point, children with anxiety want to understand why they are suffering from persistent worry. Try walking your child through this infographic. Kids love to learn that worry actually has a very specific...
How the Nervous System Helps Us Defend Ourselves describe the difference between autonomic and somatic? regulates the functions of our internal organs (the viscera) such as the heart, stomach and intestines. Somatic? regulates body movement through control of skeletal (voluntary) muscles and senses