Literally, misophonia means the hatred of sounds. But for an unknown percentage of the population, it is a diagnosis for an auditory condition that causes a person to feel strong, negative emotions in response to a specific group of everyday sounds.
Crunching, lip smacking, licking, slurping — the sounds people typically make while eating or drinking.
Muffled music or a television in nearby room.
Silverware clinking against bowls or plates.
The crinkling of plastic bags.
Sometimes, the condition also includes a strong, negative reaction to the person seeing a certain motion, such as the tapping of a foot or a person biting their fingernails. These sound and sight triggers create such a reaction within the mind of the person who has misophonia, that the person may feel the need to flee from the sound, suffer quietly with their anxiety about the sound, cope by using earplugs or listening to music in headphones, or even lash out at the source of the sound (think “fight or flight” when it comes to misophonia).
There is no cure for this disorder, and it does not seem to be recognized much by the medical community. But I know all too well that this condition is real. I have misophonia. This blog space will serve two purposes. First, it will provide a first-person account of life with this disorder in the hopes of raising awareness about misophonia. Second, it will provide resources for people who have misophonia and their loved ones.
Many blog posts are to come. In the meantime, please familiarize yourself with this condition by visiting the following websites.
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