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How do you deal with sensitivity to noise in smaller living spaces?

Recently I moved to a new city and have been dealing with everything that comes with that. New people, new sights, new smells, and... new sounds.

The last part has always been a sensitive subject for me — sensitive because I have misophonia, which can make the sounds of every day life trigger a response in me that some may call unreasonable. To prevent this, I often wear headphones that play white noise when I sleep, or I listen to music constantly throughout the day to offset the outside sounds from affecting me. To say it’s a pain in the butt is incorrect, it’s much more akin to a pain in the ear. Seriously.

The reactions can range from mild annoyance to “get me the heck out of this room, oh my god I can’t take it anymore,” and have even prevented me from being able to enjoy my favorite restaurants if their music speakers aren’t working properly. This seems to have gotten worse as I have gotten older, and I am curious to see if anyone else has dealt with this before and the type of remedies you have come up with to get through the loud times.

#MentalHealth #Misophonia #Autism #ADHD #Anxiety #Depression #DistractMe

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I have to be alone now

With my PTSD breaking into Complex-PTSD last April, due to another tenant's electrical unit making my bed vibrate and loud noise for 4 months, I have misophonia. Misophonia means hatred or fear of sound. It’s a neurological condition in which a person has a strong emotional or physical reaction to sounds like chewing or breathing.


I'm new here!

Hi, I am here because I have had CPTSD, OCD, anxiety, depression, misophonia and misokinesia for over 30 years and I am still hopeful that some sort of healing is possible. I am also here to feel less alone and hopefully help others while I look for help.

#MightyTogether #Anxiety #Depression #OCD #PTSD

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Do your ears ever scream at your brain?

Hello, I did a bit of searching on The Mighty and did not find anything about misophonia. Here is a definition: “Misophonia is a disorder of decreased tolerance to specific sounds or stimuli associated with such sounds. These stimuli, known as “triggers,” are experienced as unpleasant or distressing and tend to evoke strong negative emotional, physiological, and behavioral responses that are not seen in most other people.”

— from Consensus Definition of Misophonia [2022]*

I live with this disorder and have for many years. Unfortunately, I knew nothing about misophonia until about 4 years ago. My reactions to various sounds, such as loud crunching, crumpling of paper, shoes squeaking on a floor, and someone rubbing on a balloon. This is a sample, however, there are some unexpected triggers that I experience.

My responses to these triggers are immediate, highly disturbing, and cause me to go from being chill to having violent thoughts, usually about the offender or the place it occurs even if I cannot see the offending activity. You can imagine how puzzling these outbursts were for me, and how many people had to deal with the repercussions. Once the sound stops, I almost promptly return to almost chill.

Since I shared this disorder with people close to me, usually during a trigger, they have all become super sensitive to my need to either leave until these noises subside, or they leave the room. I so appreciate this aspect of my tribe.

It is hard for us to live with issues such as this without a clue as to the what, why, and how to deal with it. I often thought I was just being nasty with people if they made a noise I did not like. No, that was not the case at all. Accepting this as a real thing, and not feeling guilty it truly helpful. As with all issues that are evident to others, it might be harder to resolve, however, I did after learning more about it and releasing myself from shame.

If you suspect you might be dealing with misophonia, please take a look at some resources. Misophonia as a disorder is not always accepted, even by many healthcare professionals.

Here is a link to a good website on this topic:


#misophoniamatters #misophoniamatters #Misophonia

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No peace/quiet. #Irritability #Misophonia

Lost the charging case to my Jabra Elite ANC 7 Buds and everyone is pacing around me. Will earplugs hurt their feelings? Can’t concentrate focus on anything!

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Late diagnosis - where were my parents?

Traumatic childhoods are always difficult to deal with. After years of therapy finally someone diagnosed me with autism and adhd. Without going into too much of my symptoms, I keep wondering if my family had treated me better, they would have spared me some trauma? if they knew that I wasn’t a ‘bad’ child but my brain worked just differently. I keep wondering if I there was a way to not go though pain since 40 years. What if my parents just paid a little bit of attention and I got a diagnosis. Would I be contempt now? Is forgiveness possible? #ADHD #Autism #neurodivergent #Misophonia #Depression #Anxiety #forgive #Parents

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Do you tell your boss that you have anxiety and depression?

I got a sick leave. It says why. Is this normal in the UK? I’m a bit concerned what people think and what they tell. They are a chatty bunch. #Depression #Anxiety #MentalHealth #Misophonia


My Story with OCD and misophonia

Part 1 of 2 I have been living with #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder and #Misophonia for my entire life, and recall its manifestations since my early childhood. My conditions grew bigger as I aged, my behaviour and socialisation were becoming increasingly corrupted. In my early teens, my invisible companions have officially announced themselves, giving sense and ‘official’ shape of my various weirdnesses.

Around my year 8 in school, #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder starts being severe.

Countless rituals kept me busy for hours; never-ending hygiene procedures : hours of showering and wash-ups resulted in chemical skin corrosion.

That was definitely a fun merry-go-round, although this was only the superficial part. If you suffer from #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder severe enough, you probably know that the worst part lies within the mind itself. What makes it even worse, is the fact that it is inescapable.

Thought looping feels like malfunctioning code that constantly returns errors, while looping repeatedly and corrupting life perception, the gameplay. I could almost see red strings, returning errors.

At this point, not only my movement coordination was corrupted and loaded with full of unreasonable, conditional movements, but also the cognitive processing was running swarms of “bugs”, brain was almost being fried, headaches were common. Life no more simply lacked joy. It was full of suffering.

Not to mention that people, especially those, who did not know me well enough, just saw me as an idiot, a freak, doing its freaky rituals with a random item (like poking freaking mangoes in the supermarket). At first, I postponed school until I could manage myself to some decent degree.

I was prescribed some medicines by the local psychiatrist (prozac/cipralex, buspar, aripiprex, cognitol – if I remember it correct), and it was at a later point in life, when one medical practitioner told me that psychiatrist just prescribed me miscellaneous pills for random psychiatric disorders, putting almost no effort trying to grope and target the root of the issue, although having had all the clues. Of course, that did not turn out really well. There was no reasonable progress, and I felt like a boiled turnip, so I stopped taking the medication. “Cold turkey”. I returned to school. Those were the decisions I am very glad I made.

Months, years went by. I managed to achieve certain milestones. Tons of non-stop mental work and development, a few psychologist appointments and meditative techniques, along with esoteric practices — milestone by milestone I made it to the point where I controlled myself well enough to have a faint kind of a normal life.

Every day and every instance of existence felt like a fight for survival, with myself. It was extremely hard for me to concentrate and process information, and hence, study; but with help of my comrades, friends and teachers who understood me, accepted me and helped me to progress, I made it – year after year, class after class.

Although, of course, not everyone is willing to understand conditions.

There is one good quote out there —

“The worst part of having a #MentalHealth is that people expect you to behave as if you don’t”

Sadly, mostly this is true.

As time went by, I managed to become better at controlling my glitching tempestuous beast.

I graduated school, enrolled into university, and that’s where things started shapeshifting weirdly. Asides #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder , I started acquiring other severe health issues like constant nausea, that last to this very day. Fortunately a moment of intensity trough to write about #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder .

Get acquainted with the full article at https://www.fun-sci.club/post/#ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder -1 .

When I will be done with other health issues, I will probably make other posts on them.

I have been living with #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder for my entire life and have collected a vast amount of knowledge regarding it. Combining that with progressive scientific data, I have written an article and made a video on the holistic approach to combat #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder . I genuinely believe that it could help millions —

Jewel of that information lies in human biology and is applicable to everyone; moreover, this knowledge could aid people with other mental conditions, as well as help fully healthy individuals maintain a wholesome psyche.

The only problem is I lack the audience to properly convey the message. But together we could


My Story with OCD and misophonia

Part 2 of 2 achieve much better results. Therefore, I am asking you to help me spread the word and leave your own positive footprint in this world.