The one primarily responsible for the increased reaction time is known as adrenaline. Adrenaline increases heart rate, alertness, and reaction time. In the case of trauma, however, a person’s system may overuse this delicate chemical response, leading to a situation where the ‘fight-or-flight’ response ceases to work properly.
Once trauma has destabilized an individual’s fear response, he or she may cease to respond to danger, respond to everything as though it were life-threatening, or any other variation of over and under reacting.
In essence, the person no longer effectively or accurately assesses situations as safe or dangerous as far as his or her physical or emotional reactions are concerned.
We at ABT understand the nightmare that trauma can create. There is hope and a life free of trauma and substance abuse is possible.