Anxious children may have a strong startle response.
Considered a defensive reflex, a startle response is based on feelings of protection, interruption, and escape. When a person is alarmed by a sharp movement or loud noise that their subconscious deems negative, they react with a full-body shudder or cover their head and neck. A person in a heightened emotional state can experience an extreme startle response. It is not necessarily the same as panicking during an emergency, although that might not be the best response. Having a spaz moment when something serious is happening is the cause of another observation and conversation.
If your child has an exaggerated startle response, they may have anxiety. If hearing a loud noise or seeing something scary causes them to duck, jump, or scream, that’s not normal. Make an appointment with a child psychologist to get your child treatment for their anxiety and strong startle response. If you think your children have anxiety, keep reading to learn more signs so you can monitor them, and act accordingly. Your doctor can help you determine what to do given the symptoms. Don’t worry; it’s okay for your kid to have anxiety because there are ways to deal with it.