30 Jul 2018

Understanding Misophonia

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From WebMD

“Misophonia.  Do Nails on a chalkboard make you cringe?  Imagine if a sound could make you panic or fly into a rage.  This is the case with misophonia . . . . a strong dislike or hatred of specific sounds.

Misophonia, also known as selective sound sensitivity syndrome, starts with a trigger.  It is often an oral sound–the noise someone makes when they eat, breathe, chew, yawn, or whistle.  Sometimes a small repetitive sound is the cause–someone fidgets, jostles you, or wiggles their foot.

If you have a mild reaction, you might feel:  Anxious.  Uncomfortable.  The urge to flee.  Disgust.

If your response is more severe, the sound in question might cause:  Rage.  Anger.  Hatred.  Panic.  Fear.  Emotional Distress.  A desire to kill or stop whatever is making the noise.  Skin crawling.  Suicidal thoughts.

The disease can put a cramp in your social life.  You might avoid restaurants or eat separately from your spouse, family or roommates.  Or worse, you could act on what you feel.  You might attack the person who is making the sound–physically or verbally–cry, or run away from the situation.

Over time, you may respond to visual triggers, too.  Seeing someone get ready to eat or put something in their mouth might set you off.”

For free information, or a consultation with the doctor, you may reach Drs. Kelsey at blueprint4health@outlook.com or 260.432.8777.

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