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Question #10670 posted on 11/25/2004 4:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,
Why do some people jump at loud noises when others don't? I can be sitting around, not the least tense, but upon hearing an unexpected bang I might jump a foot in the air, while the person next to me might just sit there and feel suprised. What determines the occurence of this involuntary twitch?
- Spastic

A: Dear Spastic-

The less relaxed you are, the more you will respond when surprised. Of course, there are advantages to being easily surprised--you can react more quickly to actual emergencies. Certain past traumas, or just the way you were raised, can also make you more jumpy. If this is a serious problem, or if you have other symptoms of serious edginess or tenseness you can learn more at: http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/sym/startling.htm
You may have Anxiety, Panic disorder, Generalized anxiety disorder, Acute stress disorder, or Post-traumatic stress disorder.

-The Franchise