Extreme reactions to triggers. Please read.

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hamspoon
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Extreme reactions to triggers. Please read.

Postby hamspoon » Mon May 23, 2016 11:45 pm

Hello, I'm new here. I need to rant just for a moment. No one knows how much misophonia pains me. My mother, sister and I all suffer. My triggers are lip smacking, loud chewing, gurgling noises, lip licking, coughing, animals cleaning themselves, scratchy dry skin, gum chewing, that sound flip flops make, bare feet on a hard surface, grunts, sighs and any unnecessary mouth sound.

Some of these triggers cause different reactions. I have yelled at a cat for licking too loudly. I have self-harmed numerous times at family gatherings because of my grandparents eating sounds. I have thrown tantrums as a grown woman in private at work due to a coworker munching on gum. I've had several public outbursts. For example, one time at a restaurant I stood up and looked at the table next to me and simply said, "NOPE. Nope, nope, nope."
I was very embarrassed. This is going to sound even more ridiculous.. I swear I can hear people blink lately. I feel like this shit is getting worse.

I suffer from excoriation disorder. (a pretty severe case of obsessive compulsive skin picking.) For me, about half of the time misophonia triggers my OCD. The other half is plain ole anxiety.

Misophonia causes me intense rage and physical pain.

Does anyone else have similar semi-violent, bat-shit crazy, hopelessly anxious reactions when it comes to misophonia?

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Brian13B
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Re: Extreme reactions to triggers. Please read.

Postby Brian13B » Sun May 29, 2016 3:23 am

I definitely have fits of rage, I literally just walked outside while my family is in the living room eating. I go through stages. I start with annoyed and progress to anger and on to rage. I wish I could find a way to not feel so disgusted while my family eats. They all chew with their mouths closed and are very polite but even the smallest of noise sets me off.

jalebird
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Re: Extreme reactions to triggers. Please read.

Postby jalebird » Tue May 31, 2016 12:40 am

I definitely have these same reactions just to different sounds. Whenever I hear the sound of someone rubbing their foot against carpet, I begin with simple annoyance. Then that alternates to discomfort, then distress and then just hopeless anxiety. It happens very often since I'm still in school and there's at least one person in every class who will continue making some sort of noise that triggers me. Tapping is the most common and then there's one class with tapping and rubbing.
I start off subtly covering my ears each time. Every time I know it won't block out the noise, but I do it anyway as an instinct. After a minute or two of covering my ears, my leg starts to shake and my breathing gets faster. A minute of that goes by and I start to panic. Usually in classes the tapping and foot rubbing would stop by the time I panic, but there are other trigger sounds that go on at home that family members refuse to stop.
I'll use a piano as an example. My older sister will play and I can't handle the sound. I'll ask her to stop and she'll yell at me (understandable, I ask her to stop EVERY time, I can just imagine how annoying it must be to her) which will in turn get my other sister to start accusing me and then my mom will join in until basically the entire household will tell me to just grow up, get over it and let my sister play. So I'll lock myself into my bedroom until she's done. I hate interrupting family because of my sensitivity, so most of these end with me having some sort of fit in my room.
As for the self ham, there have been SEVERAL cases where I'll be leaving the room with scratches running up and down my calves (I'd be curled up in a ball on the floor clawing at them) bite marks on my hands and wrists (nervous habit) and occasionally there would be a small bruise any area of my head (I'd start hitting my forehead or my temples on the floor if the sound goes on long enough). I try explaining this to family members but lately no one without this has understood. They think it's just me getting annoyed and throwing a tantrum but the noises really do drive me insane. I can't think, can't breathe, can't do anything when those sounds are going on around me.

Oh and the blinking... I can't hear other people's blinking but the sound of my own blinking has brought me to tears on some occasions so I see where you're coming from there as well. I swear, the older I get, the longer my trigger list gets.

Tim7
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Re: Extreme reactions to triggers. Please read.

Postby Tim7 » Fri Oct 07, 2016 2:35 am

I broke four bones in my hand punching a wall because of it. Don't punch walls! Mine is exacerbated by stress. So avoid stress they say. Hmmm

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dschlak
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Re: Extreme reactions to triggers. Please read.

Postby dschlak » Fri Feb 03, 2017 3:48 pm

as someone with mild-to-moderate misophonia and even milder excoriating disorder, i have reflected that if one of them got noticeably worse i would seek help. i'm not telling anyone what to do, and i am always discouraged because it's easy to look online and see that no one has found a cure for the miso. but maybe they are interrelated or maybe they're both wrapped up directly with the anxiety. a specialist could at least help with the anxiety. also, could it be possible to disrupt your daily routine to get away from triggers, as well as to commit to mindfulness exercises or outdoor activity? i have found that avoiding triggers most of the day makes me more accepting of them when they do happen.

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