Top 10 Signs of a Dysregulated Nervous System

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The human nervous system is an incredible creation. It regulates most of the functions in your body, including heart rate, breathing, and digestion. The healthy functioning of this system is necessary to maintain a high quality of life. However, many people experience signs of a dysregulated nervous system due to trauma and chronic stress.

Here are the 10 top signs of a dysregulated nervous system:

1. You're constantly on-edge and overwhelmed

You tend to be stressed out and experience an ongoing sense of overwhelm, even when things seem to be going well. You have difficulty relaxing. It's difficult for you to calm your mind enough to get into a state of relaxation. You might find yourself constantly worrying or thinking about your to-do list, your future, relationships, etc.

2. You're frequently snappy, irritable, and reactive

You tend to overreact in certain situations. It becomes difficult for you to control the way you react or feel. You may be easily upset, frustrated, and angered by things. Your mood changes quickly (e.g., from sad to happy) without any reason. A minor thing can set off.

3. You experience chronic pain and illness

You may feel pain or illness for a long time, even when you make an effort to eat right and exercise. You may feel like your symptoms are never going away. It's not just physical, either; sometimes you have trouble sleeping well or concentrating on anything other than how bad the pain is in your head.

4. You have a history of traumatic experiences, adverse childhood events, or chronic stress

You've had a difficult upbringing, experienced traumatic events (e.g., war, sexual assault), or been exposed to chronic stress such as family issues (e.g., parents who are mentally ill). You might be feeling like you're never going to get back on track with the rest of your life and that nothing will get better.

5. You're highly sensitive to sensory stimuli

You are easily overwhelmed by strong sensory stimuli and probably identify as a highly sensitive person (HSP). HSPs often have a low threshold for sensory stimulation. Loud noises, glaring lights, and strong smells can be distracting to you. You might even experience these stimuli as painful or unpleasant.⁣

6. You've tried talk therapy, mindfulness, meditation, and other techniques with no luck

You've tried many modern healing methods, such as talk therapy, mindfulness, and meditation. Perhaps you've had some success with these methods in the past or seen them work for others, but they don't seem to be working for you right now.

7. You experience sleep problems and daytime fatigue

You don't sleep well and feel tired during the day. You might not have enough energy for your daily tasks or enjoy activities with friends, family, or coworkers. It's hard for you to get motivated when you're exhausted all the time.

8. Chronic attention and concentration problems

You have trouble focusing on tasks or conversations. Maybe you misplace things, forget to complete assignments at school, lose track of your thoughts when talking with others–or all these symptoms at the same time! You feel like you're not as able and sharp as other people are.

9. Cravings and extreme appetite changes

Your appetite might go up and down. You could be hungry all the time, or you might feel like you can't eat enough. Or maybe it's just binges with no apparent trigger: one minute you're eating average amounts of food, then suddenly you're overwhelmed by a need to consume large quantities of sugar, salt, fat.

10. You're highly sensitive to other people's emotional states

You're an empath. But your sensitivity to other people's emotional states is damaging your mental and physical health in the long run. You feel the need to take care of other people, even when they're not asking for it. No matter how much you do, there's never enough, and you end up getting drained. This leaves you feeling miserable and resentful towards the person who is taking your energy without giving.

Are you experiencing these signs of a dysregulated nervous system? Ready to take the first step toward a healthier nervous system so that you can reach your full potential?

Discovering Nervous System Regulation for Yourself

If you're interested in: 

  • Ending the negative impact that empathy has on your mental and physical health
  • Becoming more than just an empath, but a person who can create a sense of clarity and calm in your relationships
  • The first step is to discover your current state of nervous system dysregulation. 

Take the first step by taking our free Nervous System Review:

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About the Author

Dr. Linnea Passaler

Dr. Linnea Passaler

Dr. Linnea and the HYNS team help highly-driven, highly-sensitive women heal from anxiety, stress, and emotional reactivity without drastic life changes or hours of meditation and talk therapy by harnessing the power of the Nervous System.