I’m a highly sensitive person. I believe this trait may have contributed to my sensitivities, and made me more susceptible to Fibro and CFS. Highly Sensitive People, or HSPs, are people whose nervous systems are extremely sensitive to all stimuli, and we tend to react to environmental stimuli more easily than others (check out: www.highlysensitivepeople.com).
This has both positives and negatives associated with it. On the good side, HSPs tend toward intuition, sixth sense, and creativity. They can walk in a room and feel the energy. On the less fortunate side, HSPs can be more easily startled, frightened, stressed, and overwhelmed. Their adrenaline systems are more easily triggered, and in an over-stimulated society like ours, that can mean being over-stressed too often, thus over stimulating our central nervous systems and igniting our “fight-or-flight” response.
Do you think you’re an HSP? If so, do you think this contributed to your diagnosis?