What is a HSP?
Highly Sensitive People
The term Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) was coined by prominent psychologists Dr Elaine Aron and Dr Arthur Aron during the 1990’s. To date there has been a good level of research to further develop our understanding of the condition and well know public figures such as Nicole Kidman and Jessica Chastain have spoken about their traits as HSPs.
There remains a huge knowledge gap when considering treatment for menopause as many assessments do not consider the HSP trait.
HSP & trauma
ike any other trait, HSP lies on a spectrum of sensitivity from both a genetic, biological and environmental perspective. For individuals like myself, who have experienced multiple adverse childhood experiences (ACE’s) this can dramatically increase the sensitivity of the brain, body and nervous system.
Whilst I don’t don’t consider HSP or trauma as a ‘label’, it was a huge relief to be able to finally place the final piece of the jigsaw and realise why I am the way I am!
Watch my free webinar on the crossovers and links between menopause symptoms and the personality trait of being a “Highly Sensitive Person”.
HSP, trauma and Menopause
I have always felt “different”. I am highly intuitive with high levels of emotional intelligence and empathy but I have spent my whole life often feeling hypervigilent and anxious, with a highly sensitive background alarm and an impending sense of danger. My nervous system has been dysregulated since birth and I have lived my life in high stress and “survival” mode. It is also important to note that some aspects of HSP overlap with ADHD and PTSD.
At the age of 45 my brain and body finally decided enough was enough and I do believe that coincided with perimenopause. There is a growing body of research and data that now demonstrates that women with a background of childhood trauma, toxic stress (genetics and a more sensitive nervous system) can influence the frequency and severity of symptoms in Menopause.
I now totally embrace my HSP status as I feel as if I finally fully understand myself and I have found peace. I have put in place what I need to regulate my nervous system to thrive and – I am no longer living in constant “survival mode”.
My sole mission is to make Menopause trauma-informed and provide a space where women are able to talk about their experiences without shame and stigma.
Find out more
If you’re interested in finding out more about Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs) and Sensory-Processing Sensitivity (SPS), you can use the links below.
Disclaimer: The following links are provided as a general for visitors of this website. Paula Rastrick and her team have not formally reviewed these materials and do not endorse any one organisation. These information resources are a collection of individuals working and interested in the field of HSPs and SPS and all information is moderated and updated by each organisation.