Do You Have Misophonia?

By Gail Deutsch

May 17, 2012 6:00am

Do you think you have misophonia? Here are the major symptoms of misophonia, also known as selective sound sensitivity, as explained by Dr. Marsha Johnson:

  • Presence of “trigger sounds” which evoke strong emotional or physical reactions, generally limited to a few sounds. Most common are eating or breathing noises.
  • Onset is often in childhood. Most common time is puberty.
  • Preference for louder sounds or louder noise environments.
  • Logic or reason does not change reactions to trigger sounds.
  • Often misdiagnosed as psychological disorders, but has a physiological mechanism, in reality.

Sufferers often structure their lives in order to avoid trigger sounds, isolating themselves from society. There is no cure, but there are treatments. More information is available at www.misophonia-provider.com.

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