In this film, Gill describes the various reactions that can lead to PTSD. PTSD is where a person re-lives the traumatic experience, causing bad memories to come flooding back. One of the reactions this can cause is called hyperarousal, where the person is on edge and prepared for danger. A second reaction is the opposite, hypoarousal, where the person freezes and is incapable of doing anything. Gill talks about the difficulty of predicting how a person will react. Some people will try to avoid reacting at all, by becoming numb and detached. As Gill explains, however, the more you try to avoid thinking about the event, the more it comes in to your head. Being constantly ‘wired but tired’ in this way can leave you exhausted.
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