hypervigilance

noun hy·per·vig·i·lance \ ˌhī-pər-ˈvi-jə-lən(t)s \
variants: or hyper-vigilance
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of hypervigilance

: extreme or excessive vigilance : the state of being highly or abnormally alert to potential danger or threat
  • A person suffering from PTSD may have sleep disturbances, irritability, hypervigilance, heightened startle responses and flashbacks of the original trauma.
  • —Ellen L. Bassuk et al.
  • One common trait among fearful fliers is hypervigilance; they often spend the entire trip watching the flight attendants, analyzing the chime system, and assessing the sounds of the engines.
  • —Nancy J. Perry

First Known Use of hypervigilance

1917

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Medical Dictionary

hypervigilance

noun hy·per·vig·i·lance \ -ˈvij-ə-lən(t)s \

medical Definition of hypervigilance

: the condition of maintaining an abnormal awareness of environmental stimuli
  • a person suffering from PTSD may have…hypervigilance, heightened startle responses and flashbacks
  • —Ellen L. Bassuk et al

hypervigilant

play \-lənt\ adjective

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