You hear your spouse breathing nearby and you instantly get angry. Your 6-year-old yawns and it triggers a fight-or-flight reaction in you. You avoid restaurants because you can’t stand the sound of chewing. Sounds other people don’t even seem to notice, drive you up a wall. You might have MISOPHONIA.
People with misophonia are affected emotionally by common sounds like breathing, chewing — usually ones that other people don’t pay attention to. Common sounds triggers anger and a desire to escape. It affects some worse than others and can lead to isolation, as people suffering from this condition try to avoid these trigger sounds. People who have misophonia often feel embarrassed and don’t mention it to healthcare providers. Nonetheless, misophonia is a real disorder and one that seriously compromises functioning, socializing, and ultimately mental health. It can usually appear around age 12
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