Misophonia Awareness is important.
Introducing misophonia to the public and educating them on the disorder is in our best interests. Awareness brings empathy and understanding. It opens the door to accommodations and has the potential for making life easier for those of us with the disorder.
But awareness brings risks.
Some people are not convinced that misophonia is real. Others will use awareness of the disorder to cause stress by intentionally triggering us. But the benefits of awareness outweigh the risks, and we should push forward when possible.
Misophonia is hard to understand.
The symptoms of misophonia and our reactions to our sound triggers are complex. They can be confusing to people without the disorder. This is because our reactions to triggers often have emotional features that the public can’t understand. Having an emotional reaction to common, everyday sounds is something the public doesn’t experience. So they can’t relate to our problem.
Our public image matters.
Here in the misophonia support group, we are not in the public eye. The fact that this is a closed group (it is not open to those without the disorder) gives us the freedom to be ourselves. We do not need to be concerned with our public image. We are free to discuss our sensitivities and frustrations without the risk of being perceived negatively by those without the disorder.
Working towards awareness is a personal decision.
Educating the public is in our best interests, but it is not every sufferer’s responsibility. Whether to participate in awareness projects is a personal choice. We thank those who promote awareness of misophonia and work towards bringing improvements in our daily lives.
Our hope for the future.
Currently, there are very few treatment options for misophonia. Public awareness of the condition may help by promoting research into the disorder. We need to understand how misophonia develops and how to create effective treatments. Reasonable accommodations in housing, education, and the workplace would be extremely helpful to those with misophonia. Promoting misophonia awareness is a worthwhile endeavor, and we look forward to future discoveries about the complex disorder of misophonia.