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Wednesday, 24 February 2021
Hypervigilance Print
My daughter used to be hypervigilant 100% of the time. She actually elevated onto her toes too. It was always very easy to tell when she was in that mode. Even at home, if I changed furniture around, she would notice then start "working " the room as if she was cataloging everything in it. She actually had to touch everything too. Then, when she was satisfied that she had it all under control. She could sit down and play. If you changed anything in the room, up on the toes, around the room for inventory again.

I hadn't seen it for a long time; then I took her to pre-school. First day she elevated to her toes and touched every single thing in the room. After class, I did holding time with sweet milk and we talked about feelings; her anxious ones because of school. It took about 1 week before she came down off her toes and stopped "cataloging" the room. The upside is it didn't spill into home life at all. (a. 10mo, FC)

My son is very aware of what is going on around him, particularly where sound is concerned. The attachment therapist has repeatedly noticed this symptom during therapy sessions. He'll look as if he is intently involved in play. Suddenly he'll look up and say, "What's that?" He will have heard a noise coming from a distant place in the building or outside. He might rush to the window in an effort to find the source of the noise. This is a symptom that would have gone unnoticed without a professional's eye. (a. 5.5mo, FC)

At times he appears to be hypervigilant even while sleeping. He will sit up abruptly in the middle of the night, sometimes fully awake, other times fully asleep. Will ask in a panic, “Where’s Daddy?”if Daddy has not yet come to bed. (a.5.5mo, FC)
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