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Re: Anxiety: Not fight/flight, but shutdown?

Posted by Hugh on October 31, 2022, at 13:02:59

In reply to Anxiety: Not fight/flight, but shutdown?, posted by Lamdage22 on October 31, 2022, at 1:55:43

I've had the fight/flight response to anxiety, and I've had the freeze response to anxiety as well.

Stephen Porges, a psychiatry professor at Indiana University and at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill came up with the Polyvagal Theory. Dr. Porges's Polyvagal Theory posits that there are three states:

Social engagement (connected)
Freeze (shut down, disconnected)

Porges developed an auricular vagal nerve stimulation program called SSP (Safe and Sound Protocol). This treatment helps people who are stuck in a state of either hypervigilance or hypoarousal to shift to a state of social engagement.

There are SSP therapists in over 50 countries. I posted this about my experiences with SSP:




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