What does hypervigilance feel like?

Part of an ongoing series about life with complex post-traumatic stress disorder

Ok, hyperviligance…is kind of a big word. Basically, you know when you feel all tense and jumpy like something bad might happen? Kind of like in a horror movie when it’s a little too quiet? Your senses are all riled up, tuned in for a something scary to happen?

That’s what being hyper — extra — vigilant — on guard — is like, except for people with PTSD or CPTSD, we often feel like that all the time. It makes us…