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Delayed reaction to triggers

Discussion in 'General' started by ERRosen, May 16, 2018 at 7:23 AM.

  1. ERRosen

    ERRosen New Member

    I am new to this site, so if this is the wrong place to post let me know.
    This is just a random question to see if anyone else has this experience-

    Often times, when I am severely startled, almost to the point of an 'episode,' I guess, my brain will witness the movement (or whatever it is), and will be totally fine for a good 2-5 seconds before having a reaction. Even sometimes when it's subtle, i'm just jumpy in that moment... I don't know. My good friend, who also suffers from ptsd, calls it my 'baby response,' as I guess it visibly resembles a small babies delayed startle response.

    Does anyone else get this?
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  3. EveHarrington

    EveHarrington _______ in progress. Premium Member

    Yes, it is not uncommon to have a delayed reaction to a trigger. It sounds like you first freeze and then react.

    Is your friend being condescending because you have a delayed response? Sorry if I'm reading this wrong!
  4. Mee

    Mee Well-Known Member

    I reckon your 2-5 seconds is ok and utterly within normal range, as Eve says.

    Are you offended by your friend’s terminology?
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  5. ERRosen

    ERRosen New Member

    She's not being condescending, we help normalize each others experiences with jokes like that, and if she goes to far, she is respectful when I tell her so. It just made me think about it more. I've always had a strong startle response (Thanks to my aspergers woo) but it has drastically increased after the abusive relationship I was in, and now I have a prolonged gap between calmly witnessing whatever startles me, and actually startling, and it just seemed odd to me.
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