Symptoms & Triggers

The definition of misophonia is the hatred of sound. But a person with misophonia does not hate all sound. They’re only sensitive to certain sounds. And those sounds are usually unique to each person. Pretty much any sound can become a problem for a person with misophonia. Often, these sounds are background noise. Another common type of trigger sound are those made by the mouth and nasal noises (chewing, sniffling, etc.)

 

The collection of sounds that affects a person is called that person’s trigger set. It is possible to add to one’s trigger set over time. Additionally, some people are sensitive to the things that they see. Misokinesia is the word that describes having visual triggers.

 

Being exposed to a trigger sound creates an immediate negative emotional response. This response can range from moderate discomfort to panic or rage. Fight or flight reactions are not uncommon. During a trigger event, a person may become agitated, defensive, or even offensive. They may also distance themselves from the trigger, or mimic the sound.

The sound of fingernails scraping down a chalkboard is unpleasant.

But this is a very mild example of what people with misophonia experience. It lacks the intensity associated with misophonia. The fingernail sound doesn’t cause people to have a strong emotional reaction. Not liking something, even if very strongly, doesn’t usually make a person want to lash out. Moreover, it’s not likely to produce a fight or flight reflex.

 

The people closest to the person with misophonia often elicit the most problematic triggers. This fact can make personal relationships difficult.

An environment known to include trigger sounds can limit social activities because the person with misophonia can anticipate probable trigger events. People with misophonia may isolate themselves in an attempt to reduce the stress that sound triggers cause.

Those with misophonia can be reluctant to share their symptoms and triggers.

 
Sharing can have uncertain outcomes.
 
Sometimes, people mock those with sound sensitivities. Some go as far as making exaggerated trigger sounds to tease or taunt. Additionally, some family, friends, and co-workers try to make light of the problem. People with misophonia are sometimes told to “try to ignore the sound.” Or they’re told that they’re “being difficult” or “don’t let it get to you.” Suggestions like these, even if well-intended, are not usually helpful.
 
For people with misophonia, it is not a matter of making a conscious decision to ignore triggers. If people with misophonia could ignore their triggers, they wouldn’t have misophonia.
 
On the other hand, some well-intentioned people are supportive. Anyone with a problem or difficulty appreciates an occasional helping hand. So, if you know someone with misophonia and want to help them, all you need to do is ask what you can do to help. If you’d like to explain misophonia to someone in a letter, we have one available here.

List of Common Triggers

There is a chance that reading about triggers can cause one to take on the described trigger. But, this only happens to some people, some of the time. Also, some people report that hearing or imagining sample trigger sounds can be a problem.

If learning about new trigger sounds could be a problem for you, stop reading this page now.

 

People Sounds

Mouth and Eating: “ahhs” after drinking, burping, chewing, crunching (ice or other hard food), gulping, gum chewing and popping, kissing sounds, nail-biting, silverware scraping teeth or a plate, slurping, sipping, licking, smacking, spitting, sucking (ice, etc.), swallowing, talking with food in mouth, tooth brushing, flossing, tooth sucking, lip-smacking, wet mouth sounds, grinding teeth, throat clearing, jaw clicking.

Breathing/Nasal: grunting, groaning, screaming, loud or soft breathing, sniffling, snorting, snoring, sneezing, loud or soft talking, raspy voices, congested breathing, hiccups, yawning, nose whistling and wheezing.

Vocal: humming, muffled talking, nasally voices, overused words such as um or ah (repeated words), sibilant sounds (S, P, T, CH, K, B sounds), singing, gravelly voices, bad singing, soft whisper-like voices and whistling.

Baby: Baby crying, babbling, adults using baby talk, kids yelling.

Environmental Sounds

Household/Office: clicking from texting, keyboard/mouse, TV remote, pen clicking, writing sounds, papers rustling/ripping, ticking clocks, texting, cell phone ringtone.

Utensils/metals: dishes clattering, fork scraping teeth, silverware hitting plates or other silverware and rattling change in pockets.

Plastic: water bottle squeezing/crinkling, breaking hard plastic, bouncing balls.

Wrappers: plastic bags crinkling/rustling, plastic bags opening or being rubbed, crinkling food packages.

Cars: sitting idling for long periods of time, beep when a car is locked, car doors slamming, keys banging against steering column, turn signal clicking.

Heavy equipment: lawnmowers, leaf blower, air conditioners, chainsaws.

Impact sounds: other people’s voices, muffled bass music or TV through walls, doors/windows being slammed, basketball thumps.

Animal noises: dogs barking, bird sounds, crickets, frogs, dogs or cats licking, drinking, slurping, eating, whining, dogs scratching themselves and trying to bite their fleas, claws tapping.

TV: loud TV or radio, static.

Body Movement-related: foot shuffling (dry feet on floor/carpet) or tapping, finger snapping, foot-dragging, heels, flip-flops, knuckle/joint cracking, eye blinking, nail-biting and clipping, eating, chewing, fidgeting, hair twirling, movements out of the corner of eyes, repetitive foot or body movements, jaw chewing/movement.

My Misophonia by Mark Loughman (feat) Rodger Carter




51 Comments

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    • I haven’t noticed this. But it’ll be good to hear from other people.

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  2. I’ve been taking Lamictal for a year now for this exact issue. My doctor was confused when I explained my symptoms and had no idea how to help me. Somehow he suggested I try this medication. Lamictal has no side effects either! It has been a life saver! I’m able to actually function daily between work and family/kids. I just thought I’d share this!

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    • Lamictal sadly has life threatening side effects. Please do your homework! But I am glad it has worked for you!!!

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      • Oh my god, it seems like you describe me. I am so happy that I found out it is not just me whos teef hurt while hearing the sound of metal (folk, spoon, etc.). Everyone I tell about what I fell, they start to make fun of me, tell me it is not possible to fell the sound that badly. I try to work on that problem everyday, but my teef just won’t stop hurting. What should I do?

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      • As someone who has taken Lamictal, I am aware of these life threatening effects. But, if you do your research, you will find that these symptoms are basically 1-in-a-million. That’s the equivalent of saying I don’t want to eat food because I could choke.

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    • I am on Lamictal for epilepsy and it does not help me with this issue which has gotten worse after I had brain surgery to stop my seizures.

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  3. I just found this website and started crying when I read this. I’ve have a severe case of Misophonia, but I’ve never seen it being broken down so accurately and scientifically. I wish more people were aware of this disorder

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    • Same. I am in research mode. Someone finally gets it. I read the NPR.org article facebook this morning and am elated, weeping, etc…that there might be support for my issue.

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    • I have had severe misophonia since childhood , and pretty much all of these are triggers for me. I completely understand how you feel mate! Stay strong! Usually what helps me is using headphones, or leaving the area. I hope this helps.

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  4. Lol…. ppl think I’m being weird when I say I get so nauseous when ppl make that snorting sound when they clear their throat. If I’m out eating it’s hideous. I want to throw up.
    I want to throw up thinking about it. Seriously nauseous now.

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  5. Oh my gosh. It’s like you are describing me! So happy to put a name to it and to know I’m not a freak.

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  6. Nice to see that I am not the only person who has this weird reaction to certain noises. I think my sensitivity is pretty severe. Sometimes, if it’s really quiet at night, the sound of my own pulse will drive me nuts and keep me from sleeping. I couldn’t even watch the entire video. The clapping in the beginning was harsh and the rest of the video is full of ssssss sounds and clicks that grate my nerves. Does anyone else here have severe sensitivity like this?

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    • Ok, so this is going to sound odd. But I was a teenager and I was laying on the couch on my side, so one ear on my pillow. And it was very quiet. I thought I was hearing a mouse chewing like in my couch. I kept sitting up, moving my pillow, pushed on the couch. Didn’t hear it when I sat up. I figured out after about 15 minutes, that it was my pulse I was hearing, like throbbing in my ear. Ever since, I can’t not hear it. Drives me crazy. So many things about this article and everyone commenting on it, finally makes me realize that I’m not alone. Its so hard to explain to my family. Anyone else have migraines, vertigo or motion sickness? Wondering if either has a factor in this..

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  7. I have had problems with sound for as long as I remember the anger and rage felt when I can’t escape the noise can be overwhelming. it is worse when stressed if my neighbour makes a noise I freeze and will be unable to move for as long as the sound lasts. Have just been told I have hyperacusis. however, reading the symptoms and behaviour of someone with extreme misophonia fits with what is happening to me.

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  8. Oh my, good thing I can say I am just a mild misophoniac. The clicking of the ballpen, the sound of silverware on plate, the chewing sound, any tapping sound, etc. Just recently I cant stand my friend who constantly shook his legs (in sitting position) as if of boredom. Its like he is not focused at all. I can feel his anxiousness for me to finish my talking and then go. Ive already stopped the shaking once before with my own hands and frankly told him that it annoyed me. Although I admit its not about me because it has been his mannerism in ages but still I think I cant get used to it ever. Never did I imagine that this is also categorized as a misophonia. Tnx!

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  9. I get triggered when I hear raised voices through the wall. My parents fought constantly when I was a kid, and anything that sounds like fighting through a wall makes me anxious and I can’t focus. I am better if people are arguing right next to me, but the muffled through the wall sound is too close to what I heard almost every night as a kid.

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  10. I am commenting again… I just read the list and I fit sooooo many more of the sounds then I realized off hand. This explains so much!

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  11. I work in an office/warehouse with Chinese women who can’t walk in their heavy heels or drag their feet, and bring kids to work like it’s daycare. Then I go to my home with Godzilla living upstairs.

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  12. This is relatable for me, lucky I’m only affected by whispering (like someone whispering in my ear) which isn’t often an issue, although on the occasions it does happen I am filled with an unreasonable amount of rage to to point where my brain is screaming for me to lash out physically and I’ll be on edge and angry for hours after.
    Honestly I’d rather be punched in the face than have someone whisper right in my ear.

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  13. I suffer with this really bad, with almost all of the listed triggers affecting me. I try so hard not to get angry about it but it upsets me so much. Lashing out is so hard and I have to leave rooms if loud eating and similar noises are around.

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  14. Omg I really relate to this! But whenever I complain about it to my family they just tell me to stop acting up and sometimes my sister accuses me of listening for annoying sounds , but if I could just ignore them then I would!

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  15. I hate loud crunching noises, someone eating raw carrots or celery. I hate someone clunking their fork on their teeth. I think the worst is someone munching on potato chips. I suffer in silence for the most part. One time my friend had a hard candy in her mouth and was extremely noisy and I asked her nicely to stop the slurping. I try to plug the ear closest to the noise sometimes or hide an ear plug under my hair. I need a meditation tape to help me with this problem.

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    • I had no idea until today that this is a real “thing.” Last week I went out and bought plastic bowls because I cannot handle the sound of my husband scraping ice cream out of a ceramic bowl- and his whistling drives me out of my mind!!! I literally feel so disturbed by it I have to leave the room.

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  16. Yes!!! Finally someone gets it!! Years of wanting to rip off faces because someone is unwrapping candy behind me at church. And the people on TV who talk with heavy vocal fry, baby voice, exaggerated “s” sounds,nasally voice, twangy voice,or dry mouth sounds. My poor hubby gets picked at for throat clearing, loud chomping sounds, and dry mouth sounds. Now I know I am not nuts!! My daughter has this too. Thank you!!

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  17. I was so happy when I found this website. I have had sensivity to the sound of people chewing, snapping gum, jaw popping and others. I have had this since I was a young kid. My family couldn’t understand. J feel so much better knowing it’s not just me. Thank you!! Now if only there was a good treatment!

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  18. Noise coming into my space from outside what I have to call home, is very dangerous for me. Bass, music, television, whistling and even people talking loudly by holding a conversation can be highly stressful.
    I have tried to take my life when I couldn’t get away and most of the time I have to result to self harming.
    Nobody believes me and I feel alone and I could not care anymore and well the train seems like a great idea.
    I’ve suffered for around 11 and a half years with no help and people just taunt me.
    My full story is on going and I cannot share, but my days are now numbered.
    My PTSD plays off this misophonia and vise-versa, I am too far gone for talk, as only management seems to work for me now – Peace and quiet, tranquility.
    Good luck everyone, but I’m done with it and what will be will be.

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    • Stuart, I hope you are still with us. I understand. I have had the same feelings, even have considered a train same as you. Not sure where you live, but see if you can get help somehow even if it seems like there is no hope.

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    • Stuart, sorry to hear of your pain.
      Has Autism/Asperger’s ever been mentioned to you, it could be a possible reason.

      I was recently diagnosed with Asperger’s, I have for long had trouble with processing and sensory overload.
      Autism and trouble processing sounds/smells etc are linked.

      May I suggest you talk to your Doctor about this, it could be the reason behind your pain

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  19. Chewing noises have annoyed me since being a teenager, I think. I’m 41 now.
    My family have always known but I think they saw it as me being over the top or rude.
    I think I have improved over the years, or learnt how to deal with it better, I.e I like eating out or with music on as it drowns it out. However, I think other triggers may have taken over now – sniffing or snorting, scraping of cutlery on plates when people are eating, eating with your mouth open or with food in your mouth.
    I think I’ve always struggled with wondering if I do have an issue, or if it’s just bad manners to eat with your mouth full, continually sniff without using a tissue, slurp etc – if you say something to them it is thought that you are rude for saying so… x

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  20. I have really bad misophonia. Ever since I was little certain sounds bugged me and I never knew why. When I was about 9, I was diagnosed with it. Little thinks that people do every day bug me so bad, so much that I try to avoid going to social events. Chewing bugs me. Humming and singing bugs me. The sound of paper bugs me. The worst part of it though, is that my sisters say that I take away their childhood from them because singing bugs me. I feel so guilty about it that it has led me to depression and really bad anxiety. I tried going to a counselor and I tried coping skills but that didn’t work.

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  21. wow- until now, I’d never heard of this, so not sure if I have it. I used o be an extra-vert, now i’m the opposite, I don’t like people anymore, don’t trust easy, and there’s all kinds of what is listed that are very familiar to me.

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  22. As with everyone else, I’ve also suffered for many years of being agitated by certain noises.. (lips smacking, that swallowing ‘smack’ sound when someone is speaking, clanking of silverware against bowls & plates.. and so on).

    But in my case – my Misophonia is getting worse. Now I’m becoming annoyed by reading certain words or names being over used repeatedly.
    It has gotten to the point I don’t like visually seeing people’s names on a website, let alone hear it on TV or Radio.

    A lot of good points or arguments on any given topic is lost when listening to radio or TV… and the person speaking makes mouth noises. I have to quickly turn them off or change the channel. (no matter who is speaking).

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  23. Wow! I’m a health psych professional and I never heard of this! I thought it was just me. I guess mine is very mild, b/c I didn’t see some of my triggers on the lists. My worst are little kids screeching in the grocery store and people with lispy speech being commentators on public media. Sniffing sends me up the wall- I have even given tissues to people in the movie theater. Never thought this was a problem until I read about it in the “Dear Abby” column in the Sunday paper! Go figure!

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  24. I too have suffered from misophonia but until recent never knew it had a name. Crunching hard candy and ice irritate me. Loud chewing, etc. I have sufferred through alot of times too embarassed to say anything. I am 67 yr old. I never wanted to appear as a “freak”!
    As of late outside noises like the clanging of a flagpole or wind chimes can paralyze me I cannot “block” them out as some have suggested. I love to be outside so this is a problem. I don’t want to be the “bitch” of the neighborhood but I have found some flagpole silencers for my neighbot and they have cooperated so far. Recently a new person moved into our area and he has a very loud pickup and it rattles me to the bone. This too has upset me tremendously.
    Hoping to find some help for this.

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  25. I also suffer from misophonia and I was very happy when I read it was a condition and there are others like me out there. My family thought I disliked them growing up as I would not want to eat together with them, especially my parents and grandparents made very annoying noises that made me feel angry and anxious. Now I live alone, but that’s not a solution I suppose. I also avoid public transportation, but I try to sometimes to cope with it with very loud music. If my phone dies, I panic.
    I have talked about it with a psychologist in a few sessions and he suggested I confront the sounds instead of deafening it or removing myself from the situation. I stopped seeing him, I could do a few minutes and his suggestion didn’t help.
    I also noticed that seeing someone chewing gum (even if I dont hear them, I imagine the sound) produces the same overwhelming feelings. If the person is in my sight, I am moving away. It takes me few minutes to calm down.
    Recently I’m having a hard time at work when people around me talk and laugh around me. I also noticed that if Im tired or stressed, im more prone to see/ hear triggers everywhere. So a good state of mind and rest is important for me to cope with it and control lashing out or how overwhelming the feelings get. Im sometimes telling them nicely that its distracting and I cannot concentrate (if I know them well enough), but I feel Im alienating my colleagues and its just hard living like this. I really need help :(, I wish there would be more information available on possible treatments or some coping mechanisms.
    If anyone has some that worked for them, pls let me know.

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  26. The last few years I have been experiencing a problem where I panic about noise in my apartment which seems to be coming from neighbours above which can be from scraping a chair on the floor to them walking around which then I hear a bass noise which then starts me off whit my heart racing and then start getting axmcity and I start panicking and start getting annoyed and don’t want to be here. I have to walk around sometimes with headphones or just go out to get away from any tap or any noise. I have spoken to family and they have said there is a condition and see what help is needed as this is affecting my job and my relationship and will cause further problems. Is this something a GP could help with ?

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  27. My husband started making raspberry sounds and “gold fish face” within the last week years. The fish face also comes with a pa pa pa sound. It seems like he can’t breath out of his nose. I lose it on him constantly because it goes in for so long. Our relationship is suffering over it. Since he would find a cure for his problem, I am really hoping to find a cure for mine.

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  28. its distance traffic and light winds any kinda soft sounds that get to me unbearable at bed time

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  29. Wow! This is a real thing. I always thought it was just me. I am extremely annoyed by the sound of someone eating, except when I am also eating. My solution has always been to leave the room or get my own snack. My husband has thought I was nuts.

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  30. Thank you NPR for having a story about this and prompting me to do more research. I always knew someting was not normal about me, but now I know I’m not alone. It’s so amazing when you find out there are other people with your problem. I didn’t watch the video, because just reading about the triggers made me have to plug my ears really hard.

    I first noticed it when I was a kid and my dad’s eating drove me crazy. That was over 40 years ago.

    ……..

    One symptom not mentioned, that I’m wondering if it is related, is in order to sleep at night without being woken up by every little noise, I have to use a sound spa that plays a waterfall. Even though it annoys me, it’s better than the alternative…BUT once I turn it off there is a noise inside my head & ears. This also happens after concerts or a loud TV, etc. It lasts for about an hour. It sounds like static in my head and feels like it’s slightly vibrating. Does this happen to anybody else?
    ……..

    By the way, I can’t sleep in the same bed as my husband because every time he breathes or moves it wakes me up. He’s so accomodating. He eats with a plastic spork and warns me if he’s going to make a noise. Most of my coworkers are thoughtfull too. I’m sorry for those people who don’t have understanding people in their lives.

    Oh, and lastly, for the other women out there, my sensitivity is even worse during the week or so I have PMS.

    Good luck to you all.

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  31. Glad to have found this site. For many many years I suffered, I would hear people eating crisps (potato chips), apples, celery etc and I literally have to stop myself from walking over and punching them or strangling them. My rage knows no bounds and it scares me. I thought it was only me. My family thought that my reactions to noisy eating including slurping and chewing was over the top and told me to get a grip of myself, but then one day I saw an article in a newspaper describing exactly this. Sites like this one are a great help, we are not alone, there are lots of us suffering in silence (or not as the case may be). I have tried so many things to stop myself getting worked up but my only real solutions are to put headphones on and listen to loud music, or to walk out of the room. The worse is when I am on a train, no room to move, and someone near me eats, or sniffs. Why do people sniff, it is a vile habit anyway even without misophonia. Fortunately I am strong enough to ask them to stop, but if I did not address it verbally I really do not know where my boundary would lie and whether I would physically assault them. And do not get me started on people taking lunch at their desks at work, please, go to the rest area. Respect my space. A desk is a place of work, take your noisy food away from me .

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  32. Do I have this disorder or things I really hear or see or even think are true…..🤔

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  33. When I saw a WebMD article I couldn’t believe that there is a name for this. I have tried to search it up with words like sound or noise sensitivity. This started with neighbors, sometimes in front or behind my house, and people would play their music outside and all I can hear inside my house is the bass coming through my windows and walls. It drives me to insanity. It isn’t that loud but I can “feel” it. Then other things like chatty office and coworkers playing finger drums on their desk or humming. When I tried to politely and jokingly ask some guys not to drum they thought I was nuts and laughed at me. People say to ignore it but I can’t. I happy that there is a name for this to associate with.

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  34. I heard about Misophonia about 2 or 3 years ago and just read the NPR article. I told my sister about it, and I think it made us both feel a bit better that we weren’t just angered easily, that there’s a reason behind some of it. She and I both have had problems with noises since we were little kids. Eating, chewing noises and what seem like exaggerated mouth movements send us both to the moon. Gum chewing, snapping and popping, mouth movements, kissing/smacking noises, low music/bass sounds really are triggers for me. For her, it’s the same with mouth noises, but also jangling coins in pockets, or keys, seeing someone pick at dry cuticles, are some of what sets her off. We both have experienced the anger, shooting annoying, mean looks to the offender – as if that helps or that person even knows what they’re doing wrong. But sometimes it is just people not having manners, like talking with their mouth full. I can’t watch TV with someone who is wriggling their toes or swinging a crossed leg. I have to block that view, usually with a pillow and my body contorted in some way, anxious that I might still get a glimpse of it. Now that there’s a name to my reactions, my husband has been much more understanding. I never could tolerate him kissing or nuzzling me on my ears. I’m extremely sensitive to loud noises, like on the TV when the show goes to commercials or someone who I think is talking too loud. I can’t go to movie theaters and I become anxious if I see someone chewing gum near me where I can’t move (seat on plane, concert seat, work meeting). I wonder sometimes if it’s an auditory issue – a physical problem with my hearing. I really appreciate everyone’s comments and sharing on here – they’ve described some things so perfectly that I experience.

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  35. I am so glad I found this informative website. I too thought it was just me. I bring my IPOD to work when I have to deal with coworkers eating loudly. I feel for my spouse though, I can’t stand eating dinner with him because the sound of his chewing and crunching makes me want to throat punch him repeatedly. I feel like I have no control over my rage. I also am driven to full rage by people dragging their shoes or the flip flopping of their shoes. Even typing about it makes me angry. Ugh.

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  36. I think i might have some form of this. I feel panic from repetitive noises sometimes, like clocks, or especially things like wind chimes. If an air conditioner or furnace has a repetitive thumping i go crazy and have to flee! It seems to be getting worse as i get older.

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  37. For “body movement related” some of this is not just sounds, but physical sensation. For me, it’s dry feet touching overly-dry rugs (as mentioned) but dry/dusty sand/dirt is also a trigger. When I go to beach, I need a bottle of water to pour on feet before I put shoes back on, non-negotiable. All other trigger sounds are accurately described.

    Age is another piece that should be called out here: most folks start experiencing symptoms very early (I can remember telling friends not to smack their food when I was five).

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  38. I thought I’d ask what you guys think because I feel like I might be being overdramatic. Essentially, yeah, a lot of these noises do irritate me, like chewing or nose whistling. On the other hand, if someone was to, say, rub their hands against their jeans, I don’t know what it is about that sound, but when I hear it, especially if I’m not expecting it, it’s like my brain temporarily freezes and my body inadvertently curls in on itself to get away from the noise, and I sort of inadvertently angle myself away from the person who’s making the noise. After the brief freeze, the sheer rage that comes over me is really intense, but I can’t move, and after it passes, it feels quite shocking to think that I felt that way, because that’s not like me at all.

    Do you guys think this sounds about right? It’s been really affecting me in my classes at university, but I’m not sure what can be done about it. I thought that it was just a stupid irrational hatred at first, and I was maybe overreacting, but after seeing this list of trigger sounds, it’s all starting to feel like it might be something legitimate. I’m seeing a counsellor for an unrelated problem. Do you think they’d be the right person to offer advice if I brought it up, or is this something to talk to a doctor about?

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  39. this the most up-to-date site I’ve seen about this so I guess I can chime in…always had terrible anxiety when Mom and anybody else is chewing gum, sends my anxiety sky high especially when they pop it….hate other chewing sounds…… I like soft-spoken, intentional explanatory ASMR, but HATE people whispering and high-pitched soft-spoken people. I recently had a panic attack from 2 people in my house talking softly and sweetly to each other. I got flashes of anger then covered my ears and then got an overwhelming sobbing headache. Mostly the embarrassment (to myself, they didn’t see anything) and shame from having to escape from meetings or elevators or cashier lines when people are making mouth noises is worse than the disorder itself. They are human beings, everybody makes noises, so why do I get so repulsed and angry? I also have some tactile and noise sensitivity, my Mom was diagnosed with ADHD and my brother is ASD but I haven’t ever gotten any diagnoses for me except GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) about 10 years ago. Looking forward to hearing possible solutions

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