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Exclamation I've been getting really easy to startle - July 15th 2019, 04:34 AM

Like, I used to pride myself on being very hard to startle, and very hard to make nervous and stuff. But as of late, as in like the last few months, I've been noticing that I'm startling a lot easier? Like, my dad touching me on the shoulder, my brother sneezing, stuff like that has been honestly scaring me real bad. I've also started to become a little afraid of the dark. I used to be fine in the dark, no problem, but now I have to run out of rooms when I turn the lights off. It's not like I've been consuming any scary media or anything recently- Its just been happening.

Does anyone know what's happening? Is this something to worry about? Or is i just like, a weird phase?
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Re: I've been getting really easy to startle - July 15th 2019, 04:47 PM

Have you been stressed or anxious recently? Sometimes when we are stressed or have things on our mind, we may notice things like being startled more easily. If you've been through any difficult or traumatic experiences either recently or in the past, that can also make you more likely to be scared and startle easily. Some mental health conditions may also make you more vulnerable to anxiety and startling.

It can even be related to physical things, such as not getting enough sleep or having sensitive hearing.

Being scared of the dark is actually fairly common. You mention that if you turn the lights out, you have to run out of the room, but I'm wondering if perhaps this is just enforcing the fear? Would you feel okay to stay in the room and see if the anxiety decreases? Alternatively, you could always get a torch and turn that on just before turning the lights off.

We can't diagnose and as you can see from the above, there are many reasons why this might be happening to you. While it's good to keep track of how often and when this happens, you might also want to try to avoid paying too much attention to it and instead focus on ways to relax. If it continues to happen regularly or gets worse, it's always worth getting it checked out by a professional.

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