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What is Misophonia? Triggers, Symptoms & Treatment

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Have you ever felt uncontrollable internal rage at the sound of someone eating? Well we’re going to delve into this feeling, alongside some other triggers and answer the question, ‘What is Mysophonia?’.

What is Misophonia?

Misophonia is term used to describe a strong reaction to specific sounds…

Triggers of Misophonia

  • People eating
  • Packets being opened
  • Heavy breathing
  • Clock ticking
  • Someone tapping or drumming their fingers
  • Someone clicking a pen repeatedly
  • People slurping
  • Joint cracking
  • Nails on a chalkboard

Symptoms of Misophonia

  • Feeling anger/rage
  • Increased heart rate
  • Anxiety when around triggers
  • Reactions – glaring, asking someone to stop, tensing up
  • Flight response
  • Stopping the person physically

These reactions are uncontrollable and not the person’s fault, but they can cause disruption, arguments and potential relationship breakdowns.

From personal experience, I fall into the category of not coping with:

  • People eating
  • Packets being opened/rustled
  • Finger tapping/drumming
  • Fingernails on chalkboard

For me, I do get a very intense uncontrollable rage feeling inside my body, and often have to move away from the situation or put a hood/hat on to cover my ears. I am looking at getting some noise cancelling earphones or earplugs, but I yet taken the plunge.

I also notice my symptoms are worse if I’m more stressed or tired. I’ve read it can be linked to people you don’t like, but in my experience, that isn’t true. It’s more linked to my stress levels than anything else.

Diagnosis & Treatment of Misophonia

Misophonia is not officially recognised, sadly. In fact, a lot of general practitioners don’t even know what it is. I was lucky that the psychologist assessing me for autism pointed it out to me and agreed I fit the symptoms. So, you can go to the GP to get some support, but there is no official diagnosis, sadly.

Misophonia is linked to Tinnitus and Hyperacusis. If you can find a decent practitioner, you may get some treatment linked to Misophonia, even though you won’t get a proper diagnosis (yet!).

Types of Treatment:

Hopefully there will be more research around misophonia and eventually it will be recognised and diagnosed. For now, speak to your GP if you need to, or look into finding more ways to handle this condition in your own way and on your own terms.

It’s hard when something isn’t widely recognised but you deal with it on a day to day basis. You have to find ways that work for you, and if they don’t and it’s becoming worse, then speaking to a professional is the next step.

Do you have misophonia? Tell me your experiences in the comments if you’re happy to share…

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