What is Misophonia, and how does it affect you?
Certain little, everyday sounds in our environment can irritate us all at times. Individuals with misophonia, on the other hand, may have strong sensitivities to such noises.
Misophonia (meaning "sound hatred") is a condition in which particular sounds elicit a strong emotional response. This can include sounds like someone eating, a metal spoon clinking on a cup or plate, yawning, or even breathing. These sounds can elicit a range of emotions, including disgust, anxiety, and wrath.
While misophonia research is still in its infancy, investigations have revealed unexpected connections between the anterior insular cortex and the brain network that retrieves memories. This link shows that unpleasant memories may play a role in misophonia. There is evidence that patients with misophonia may have a bigger amygdala volume, which could help explain their increased response to sound, in addition to abnormal brain connections.
ADHD and Misophonia
Misophonia is a common comorbidity of ADHD. Environmental stimuli, such as sights, scents, and noises, are commonly hypersensitive in people with ADHD.
Everything becomes a distraction when they are unable to filter and inhibit their responses to incoming stimuli. This, paired with their inability to control their emotional reaction to such stimuli, can result in a severe reaction.
This physiological reaction is described by behavior scientists as a reflex behavior that has been acquired or formed as a result of matching the sound with a distressing physiological condition such as anxiety or stress. When distress and sound occur at the same time, the brain develops neurological circuitry that triggers the misophonia reaction when the sound is heard again.
Misophonia Treatments There are a variety of misophonia treatments available.
There is currently no known cure for misophonia. The following are some of the therapy options accessible today:
Lyrica and Klonopin are the two most commonly prescribed medications.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness training, hypnosis, and meditation are examples of psychological treatments.
Acoustic therapies, alpha-stim, chiropractic, and EMDR are examples of physical treatments that have helped some patients.
Modifications to one's lifestyle - These include strenuous activity, obtaining enough sleep, eating healthy foods, and wearing hearing protection.
Misophonia is a condition that should be handled seriously. You should seek therapy if you suspect you have it.