[LMB] Startle reflex was Re: Madness

alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca
Thu Jun 10 21:57:36 BST 2021

I have a notable startle reflex (always have) -- and I had a loving, 
stable family with no alcohol/drug problems, and an untraumatic 

I attribute it much more to the ability and/or need to shut out the 
outside world in order to concentrate on a task. Could also be related to 
one's underlying level of neuroticism and reaction to stressors.

And I don't think it's the same as PTSD.


On Thu, 10 Jun 2021, Eric Oppen wrote:

> In my own case, insofar as I have it (I don't have most of the symptoms
> I've read about, just a strong, bad startle reaction) I'd lay it at the
> door of "too much excitement at home of the wrong time when I was too young
> to handle it."  Alcoholic parents are SO much fun...
> On Thu, Jun 10, 2021 at 10:59 AM Karen A. Wyle <kawyle at att.net> wrote:
>>  After (and maybe during) the U.S. Civil War, it was sometimes called
>> "soldier's heart."
>> Karen A. Wyle    On Thursday, June 10, 2021, 09:04:22 AM EDT, Marc Wilson <
>> marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk> wrote:
>>  On Wed, 9 Jun 2021 23:23:04 +0000, WILLIAM A WENRICH <wawenri at msn.com>
>> wrote:
>>> Two things about PTSD.
>>> It is usually considered in concert with combat but that is not
>> necessary. The people who fly drones from Nevada have been affected, also,
>> police and firefighters.
>>> The second is that although PTSD is the newest name, I suspect that all
>> of the wars and high stress jobs have been included back to the beginning
>> of history. It may explain some of the less than optimal actions of leaders
>> after a war.
>>  WWI "Shell Shock" is probably the same thing.

Alayne McGregor
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