It causes the brain to process data in several senses simultaneously. For example, people with synesthesia may hear sounds while seeing them as colourful swirls.
About 1 in 2,000 people experience synesthesia. The condition is more common in artists, writers and musicians. (about 20 to 25 percent of these professions have the condition.)
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People with synesthesia often experience the following:
According to Psychology Today, over 60 types of synesthesia have been reported. The most common type is grapheme-colour synesthesia - when letters or numbers seem to be coloured on a page or visualised as coloured.
Other types include:
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.
PTSD is a mental health disorder that begins after a traumatic event. Events may include:
PSTD is also known as "shell shock" or "battle fatigue." People with PSTD feel a heightened sense of danger. They are always in the fight-or-flight response mode, causing them to feel stressed or fearful, even in safe situations.
Arachnophobia, otherwise known as spider phobia, is the intenst fear of spiders and other arachnids.
Keep in mind that while the fear of spiders is common, not every person who feels afraid or on edge around them has arachnophobia.
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