overstimulated

adjective

over·​stim·​u·​lat·​ed ˌō-vər-ˈstim-yə-ˌlā-təd How to pronounce overstimulated (audio)
: excessively stimulated
The brain, responding to higher than normal dopamine levels, gets overstimulated. Robert Wilbur
Sleep time is quite a problem for overstimulated children and their parents. A recent Brown University study of 494 elementary-school children found that 375 of them had trouble associated with sleep. Joseph Pereira

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Is your son overstimulated, hungry, tired or bored? Meghan Leahy, Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2022 Once thought to affect overstimulated boys primarily, diagnoses for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, have sharply increased among adult women. Elvia Limón, Los Angeles Times, 30 Sep. 2022 Brown saw the pandemic isolate and depress students, some of whom presented behavioral problems because they were so overstimulated by their return to school. Cynthia Howell, Arkansas Online, 3 Apr. 2022 Exposure to nature tends to soothe and refresh overstimulated brains. San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Oct. 2021 Exposure to nature tends to soothe and refresh overstimulated brains. San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Oct. 2021 The sketches in these early pages skillfully evoke their moment’s spiky, overstimulated atmosphere — especially the new, frightening friction of such everyday routines as grocery shopping or picking up a prescription. Washington Post, 3 Dec. 2021 Exposure to nature tends to soothe and refresh overstimulated brains. San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Oct. 2021 Following two excellent opening matches (MJF vs. Darby Allin and FTR vs. the Lucha Bros), Miro and Bryan Danielson had to battle an overstimulated crowd that begun to come down a bit. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 14 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1798, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overstimulated was in 1798

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“Overstimulated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overstimulated. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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