Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Misophonia: the hatred of sound

People with Misophonia can be tortured by certain sounds and tend to react emotionally to sound. The sound created by someone chewing food, chewing gum, scraping a plate, or even the sound of someone breathing can cause intense reactions for someone suffering from the disorder. Some individuals may just get up and leave the room to avoid the noise whereas others may get visibly angry with the offender. The offending sound may cause intense internal physical reactions as well, such as muscle tension. The disorder can be isolating for the sufferer. They may be unable to share meals with their family/friends, go to the movies, or be in large crowds.

There is not much research being done on the disorder. It is often mistaken for anxiety due to the intense anxious reaction that some people feel when exposed to a noise that triggers them. There are treatments available such as white noise headphones and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

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1 comment:

  1. This is a super interesting topic. I never knew that there was a disorder for this or how much certain sounds can affect someone. I know me personally the thought of scrapping on a chalkboard makes me cringe so much. This is also great to know to not confuse as just anxiety. Great post !