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Anxiety and Meltdowns

Posted on January 7, 2016 at 4:10 PM

Children who struggle with anxiety and nervousness, or those who have frequent meltdowns past the age of 2 may have a hyperactive startle reflex, or fear paralysis reflex. This reflex is hyperactive when a person consistently overreacts (jumps, rapid blinking, fast breathing and heartbeat) to an auditory stimulus such as a tap on a table. By using therapeutic techniques to integrate this reflex, our patients experience a decline in anxiety and become more relaxed, confident, and better equipped to handle the stressors of everyday life.

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