overarousal

noun over·arous·al \ ˌō-vər-ə-ˈrau̇-zəl \

Definition of overarousal

: excessive arousal
  • Anger-prone individuals are readily aroused and reactive, suggesting overarousal of the autonomic nervous system.
  • —Richard J. Davidson
: the state of being excessively aroused
  • This workshop presentation provides practical consideration of the scope and nature of Attention Deficit Disorder, which is characterized by children's impulsivity, emotional overarousal and other behaviors.
  • —Irene Wood
  • Being tantalizingly close to an unexpected victory can cause what sports psychologists call overarousal. The body produces excess adrenaline while restricting blood flow, tightening the muscles and depleting fine-motor skills.
  • Newsweek

First Known Use of overarousal

1957

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