Thursday, September 15, 2011

Misophonia

This guest post from Hong Alexander



The New York Times highlighted an unusual condition called misophonia last week. It is a psychological condition where people feel extreme anger and anxiety when they hear everyday noises. Things like others chewing and swallowing drive those who suffer from this disorder absolutely crazy. I have to say, I’m a little worried and cannot believe what is thought to be my “short nerves” may actually be a diagnosable disorder! Since I was little, chewing and crunching ice has driven me nuts. I also get aggravated by beeps. I turned off the beeping noise that my HOME SECURITY system makes when you open a door because it was driving me crazy. Any little beeping noise drives me insane and always distracts me from what I am doing. As soon as I read this article, I sent it to my mom. She called me when she got it. She has always teased be about being a young “little old lady”. When I told her something was getting on my nerves, she would always say, “you are too young to have any nerves.” Now I guess my short nerves are actually explicable!

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