View Full Version : ADHD and Hypersensitivity (for the 2nd time)


smooch
10-02-03, 04:59 PM
ADHD and Hypersensitivity

There is an article from add.org under the section "ADD Treatment" entitled, "Having ADD and Being Hypersensitive: Is There A Connection?" by Mary Jane Johnson.

Here are some excerpts:

Throughout my life there have been numerous "little" things that have agitated me, but didn't seem to bother anyone else. I am uncomfortable wearing clothing that has elastic at the wrist or waist, or tags in the neck. I wear watches with a loose bracelet bands.

There are countless foods that I avoid because of their texture, rather than how they taste. For example, I love tomato sauce on spaghetti, etc., but just cannot abide eating a raw tomato. A number of fruits are also out because of their peculiar textures. I will eat a raw apple, but cringe at the thought of eating a baked apple. Going out to eat can be bothersome because I need to know what is in everything before I can eat it. I prefer to go restaurants that serve plain homecooked style food, rather than take a chance at some of the fancier restaurants that offer exotic dishes with unknown or unpronounceable names and ingredients. My stomach is sensitive and reacts to unusual or spicy foods, as well as to stress....

My ears are also hypersensitive and loud, or high-pitched sounds leave my ears ringing. I keep the volume on the radio and TV turned way down (which bothers everyone else in the house because they cannot hear it). If I hear an unusual sound (usually no one else hears it) I cannot focus anything else until I find the source of the sound. Once that is established I can return to what I was doing.

The author conducted a non-scientific poll of ADDers at a conference to find out if others experienced the same thing.

I've noticed in a few threads in this section and in the Women with ADHD section that the subject of our hypersensitivity to certain stimuli (emotional or sensory) has been mentioned.

Just wanted to mention an interesting article on this subject. Feel free to read the article, comment on it (or not), and participate in the poll (or not), assuming I can figure out how to set up a poll.


Personally, I have always been sensitive to loud, startling sounds, but also people who talk loudly (there are a LOT of attorneys around here who do that). Funny thing is, I absolutely love being close to the stage at a good, loud rock concert, and I'm always jamming in my car or at my house when I get the music mood.... There are foods with certain textures (coconut, for example) that I just cannot tolerate....

What do y'all think?

Wheel1975
10-03-03, 12:37 AM
I mostly like th eTV and radio down very low, but turn it way up sometimes, usually for just art of a song. I can't really stand it up that loud for a whole song most times.

Keppig
10-03-03, 07:22 AM
I'm sensitive to everything! I mean it. I'm easy to startle. Movie theaters are too loud, At work the telephone makes me jump and I can feel the chair through my clothes. I have no tags in my clothes, I don't eat eggs and eggplants because of texture. Don't I sound terrible?!

Wheel1975
10-03-03, 09:09 AM
No. you don't sound terrible.

You sound too wired direct.

I think that happens in ADHD too.

Andrew
10-03-03, 09:19 AM
Originally posted by Keppig
I'm sensitive to everything! I mean it. I'm easy to startle. Movie theaters are too loud, At work the telephone makes me jump and I can feel the chair through my clothes. I have no tags in my clothes, I don't eat eggs and eggplants because of texture. Don't I sound terrible?!

My daughter can't stand loud noises...to the point that she'll cover her ears, and even cry. She hates tags, only certain clothes "feel right", she will only eat certain foods, though we haven't yet determined if its a texture thing, or if its just a "kid" thing.

and...pssst...she hasn't been diagnosed with anything (yet). I suspect she's inherited some stuff from Dad (and maybe Mom), but we haven't gone to get diagnosed yet.

No, you dont sound terrible at all.

Andrew
10-03-03, 09:32 AM
If you're interested in the relationship between Hypersensitivity and ADD, check out this Hypersensitivity Survey (http://www.add.org/content/treatment/pollmj.htm)

smooch
10-03-03, 09:42 AM
Kassie! NO!! You don't sound terrible! You sound NORMAL to me! :D

Kelly
10-10-03, 07:01 AM
Hmm -

I have a hard time getting comfortable, like when I'm layin in bed. I can't snuggle with my husband because I get physically uncomfy so easily. Think this is hypersensitivity?

My husband DEFINITELY is hypersensitive to food. He won't try veggies or anything with a weird texture.

Sc@tterBr@in_UK
10-10-03, 08:13 AM
For me it's loud noises and food textures - I'm still pretty much a veggie because I struggled to swallow food with unexpected "bits" in (like hard/tough bits in meat) all my life. I declared myself a veggie eventually because I was fed up with trying to explain to people and having them laugh at me - I'm working on overcoming that fear though as I'm trying to follow the blood group diet to help with concentration, energy etc.

I've always been scared of fireworks and pressure cookers, and it took me years to start frying food because I was scared stiff of the sizzling noise!

As a kid I always had to have my neck covered because I couldn't stand the feel of air against my neck (LOL or too many vampire films :p )

joanrdtobe
10-10-03, 01:35 PM
I also do not like loud music for long periods of time.....and I'm very sensitive to the way clothes feel on me.....If it's itchy? Forget it.....I used to HATE petticoats when I was a little girl....

And if my socks are cutting my legs forget it.....but I MUST wear socks....I can't stand the "shoe only" feeling....

and hats, winter hats, the way they feel on my head, used to drive me nuts....

Bathing suits that tie around my neck, yuck....

I am very sensitive to the way OTHER people chew their food (yup, call me nuts)....

Gum cracking drives me nuts....

Other people blowing their noses....sometimes can make me uncomfortable.....

On and on an airplace, I HATE it when the person directly in back of me keeps kicking my chair....OR when the person in front of me puts his chair WAY back....

Sc@tterBr@in_UK
12-03-03, 04:15 AM
Yeah actually not just itchy stuff but things like Arcrylic and so on make my skin crawl. As a kid I had this thing where I couldn't help myself biting the fabric of my jumpers (especially when they were the kind of icky material that squeaked between your teeth) even though I couldn't stand the feeling of that - weird or what?

And Joan - believe me NOBODY likes chairs being kicked behind or in front of you, it's one of those things like screeching chalk on a blackboard, dentist's drills and pneumatic drills that annoy most people as opposed to only us weird lot :D

andreaa000
12-03-03, 05:57 PM
I have a cotton ball phobia. They squeak. I refuse to touch them. Just thinking of them makes my face pucker up. I also have to smell everything. I used to drive my mother crazy when I was younger because I would only use a towel once because after that it didn't smell "fresh" anymore. I'm 34 now and still smell everything but I don't make a big deal about stuff. Did you know that the sticky side of scotch tape (only certain brands) smells like pineapple? My friends get a kick out of me because anytime there is a scent in the air, I can usually identify it or at least identify what it smells like.

Is anyone else really good at guessing voices? Like when you hear a commercial with just a voice or watch an animated film. I can always guess the celebrities voice. But I usually can't remember their name. I have to say "you know that actor that was in that movie with that other guy and they were twins and one was short and one was tall?" I'm HORRIBLE with names. It's getting worse as I get older. It's probably the most embarassing thing about my ADD. All of the other stuff I can just wing it.

By the way, this is my first post and I forgot to introduce myself (too impatient for the whole introduction thing). I'm a 34 year old female. I live in California. I suspected ADD about 2 years ago and read books and then sort of forgot about it (duh!). I started meds about 2 months ago and I feel productive and useful. I always felt like I was fooling everyone at work and one day they would escort me off of the property for being a "fraud". Or I would be fired for surfing the net too much. That actually might still happen, so I better get back to work. BYE!!!

Andrea

Sc@tterBr@in_UK
12-04-03, 04:21 AM
Originally posted by andreaa000
I always felt like I was fooling everyone at work and one day they would escort me off of the property for being a "fraud". Or I would be fired for surfing the net too much.
Wow that sounds spookily familiar!!! Same name and everything as well :eek:

Anyway yeah I hear ye on the cotton balls *shudder*.

I'm quite good with voices too (Jack Davenport, the guy who played the Commodore in Pirates of the Carribean, does a lot of commercials at the moment [he also is in the original version of "Coupling" which by the way is hilarious, unlike the US version] and it does my head in because I hear his voice everywhere!) in fact unless it's a really famous actor or actress I only recognise them by that, since I have a problem recognising people visually if they're not where I expect them to be (for example when meeting someone from work in town then I don't recognise them usually).

And rubbish with names, too. I'm chuffed I remembered Jack Davenport's name but it did take me a fair few months of ranting about how great "Coupling" is and how much I liked "Pirates" to get it right :D

Salsa
12-08-03, 03:42 PM
I'm super sensitive to things. Sound, smell, taste, food textures. My mother told me that I'm the only baby she's ever known who wouldn't eat mashed potatoes. (They make me gag trying to swallow them). It isn't the taste. It's the texture.

Smell is a biggee too. My parents both smoke and I can't stand to be closed up in their house because the odor really gets to me. My dad will light up 4 rooms away and I'll smell it instantly. I'm just so sensitive to certain odors. It's gotten to where I don't go and visit them for Christmas anymore. (The house is too closed up). I stick to summertime because we all go outdoors and I can breath fresh air. AHHHHH. This can be a curse, but then other times, I have smelled odors in my kitchen (that nobody else smelled) and called the gas company. The gas company has picked up small leaks of gas in my pipes that their equipment barely even sensed.

As for sound, I hear things others don't. People think I am hearing things, but then eventually they hear what I hear too. (e.g. I'll hear a train coming before others will. I'll hear a cat meowing because it's trapped in a closet when no-one else will). Also, I have close to perfect pitch (in music). I play music by ear. (I've taught myself). I can hear little things in music like a 7th or a suspension. (like hearing the difference between: D, Dsus, Dsus7, D add E, etc). Maybe that's partly experience, but I think it is sound sensitivity as well.

In the area of taste, I am a terribly picky eater. (Gee, I wonder why). ;) Again, smell enters into this. The odor of green beans makes me gag. (Big time, too). When I was in elementary school, there was a rule at that time that the students had to eat half of every serving on their plate. My mother went in and talked with the school explaining my problem with green beans. I can recall waiting in line and hearing the women in line getting ready to serve my meal. They'd say, "Oh get ready. Here comes 'the green-bean-girl.' " My mom really did stick up for me on this one. :)

I always thought I was just spoiled or weird (or something). People in my family would tell me that I was exaggerating these things. (Those rolled eyeballs, as if to say "what you're telling me can't possibly be true.") It was so comforting to read that these phenomenas were indeed common with many neurological disorders. Some of these are also seen in Bipolar Disorder, Epilepsy and Autism-- especially the sound. My daughter, who is autistic, covers her ears quite often. My guess is that she is hypersensitive to sounds-- and then gets over-stimulated. One of my medications, Tegretol, can also have the side effect of causing extreme sensitivity to sound/s (AKA "Hyperacusis").

~Sandy

FlakeyGirl
12-08-03, 05:16 PM
Touching the edge of something plastic with wet hands. YOW! I just got the creeps thinking about the sensation. My kids are big enough to wash the plastic dishes, thank heaven.

To fall asleep, I MUST have the following things: proper temperature 66-72 degrees and a fan for ventilation. (If I try to sleep w/o a fan, I feel like I'm suffocating.) proper clothing, I cannot wear a gown, they get all twisted up. Pajamas are best, something lightweight and smooth, but not silky, which covers up my arms and legs, not too tight and not too loose, but snug, like long johns. The covers must not be to heavy or too light and they must be straight. If they go crooked in the night, I WILL wake up. The mattress must be firm. If I am visiting someone overnight and the mattress is soft, I will mess up the covers like I slept there and opt for the floor. I take my own pillow, too. Sheets & blankets have to smell like tide and bounce. My mom calls me Princess and the Pea, LOL.

Foods don't bother me too much at all, in fact, I like trying new things to eat.

I do not think I am Clausterphoobic (sp?), but I am very nervous about bridges and tunnels. I *know* that they are engineered and all, but I still get nervous and hold my breath. Also heights are a biggie, but only if I think about it. My parents took me to the top of the Sears tower when I was about 3 or 4 and were like "look, lean against the glass, its fun!" I was horrified and lied down prostrate in the middle of the floor away from the windows. I think I would probably do the same thing now, but nobody can make me go up there again, I'm grown! I do LOVE roller coasters and ski lifts, though. That's weird. Maybe it is just the more vertical heights, now that I think about it.

About the hearing, I can pick up really high pitches, I don't know where the sounds come from. I used to pretend I was the Bionic Woman.

ShinyObjects
12-13-03, 01:23 AM
Originally posted by andreaa000
I always felt like I was fooling everyone at work and one day they would escort me off of the property for being a "fraud". Or I would be fired for surfing the net too much. That actually might still happen, so I better get back to work. BYE!!!

Andrea

Story of my life! And now I'm a web producer, so I'm online all the time. It's like an alcoholic working in a liquor store. ;)

ShinyObjects
12-13-03, 01:32 AM
Originally posted by Keppig
Movie theaters are too loud, At work the telephone makes me jump

I can totally identify. Not only are movie theaters too loud, they're too COLD!!! I hardly ever go to the movies anymore because I'm never comfortable. And I can't deal with it when it's crowded and there are people sitting next to me. I need personal space. Crowds in general make me uncomfortable because I don't like being touched much to begin with, but esp. not by strangers.

I am VERY sensitive to both noise and temperature, and smells. I am always too hot or too cold, I'm rarely comfortable. I work in a newsroom and the noise is ceaseless. I loathe the sound of the phone, and we have a police scanner which makes all kinds of irritating, high-pitched noises that go straight up my spine. I've taken to wearing headphones at my desk to muffle it and make it more tolerable.

There are certain foods that, when I smell them cooking, absolutely repulse me. I'm also quite particular about the smell of my laundry detergent, deodorant and shampoo/conditioner. I get a lot of strange looks as I unscrew all the caps on the shampoo at the beauty supply store so I can see whether it smells acceptable before buying it. If the scent is something not pleasing to me, I will notice it all day long.

I'm pretty OK with clothing actually, although that could be because I'm a slave to fashion! I prefer natural fibers, but wool is natural and I wear it pretty easily without getting too itchy. Tags are another story, however. ;)

missing_cues
12-13-03, 03:08 AM
both emotionally and physically hypersensitive....I dont like too much close contact with people,....cant wear watches and jewellry of any kind (my wedding ring will have to be glued to my hand.....of course, I wont worry about that now as I at least need a girlfriend first, and before that....a date!.....but I am getting better with foods.....I try new things.....I cant do mushrooms thouhg,....unless they are well fried, kind of crispy....the texture bothers me big time....

Wheel1975
12-13-03, 06:50 AM
Originally posted by ShinyObjects


I can totally identify. Not only are movie theaters too loud, they're too COLD!!! I hardly ever go to the movies anymore because I'm never comfortable. And I can't deal with it when it's crowded and there are people sitting next to me. I need personal space. Crowds in general make me uncomfortable because I don't like being touched much to begin with, but esp. not by strangers.

I am VERY sensitive to both noise and temperature, and smells. I am always too hot or too cold, I'm rarely comfortable.


There are certain foods that, when I smell them cooking, absolutely repulse me. I'm also quite particular about the smell of my laundry detergent, deodorant and shampoo/conditioner.

If the scent is something not pleasing to me, I will notice it all day long.

I'm pretty OK with clothing actually, although that could be because I'm a slave to fashion! I prefer natural fibers, but wool is natural and I wear it pretty easily without getting too itchy. Tags are another story, however. ;)

I am "amazed" how how much drives you nuts!

But not nearly as amazed, as, that now that i think of it, even though one or two things here DON'T bother me, 8 or 10 of them do more than i would ever have realized without reading your post.

i have long contended that the reason ADHD people act like they are under constant and(or frequent) vicious attack (being short temppered, irritatble, explosive) is because THEY ARE UNDER ATTACK.

But realizing how "normal life" can be such an attack is hard for any "normal" person to appreicate, and we, as the ADHD, become burdened by expectations, language and interpretations that we mechanically learn, that are not our own experience.

thanks for further opening my eyes to who and how I am!

mom03
12-17-03, 06:07 PM
I've been sleeping with the fan on since I was 10. I like the ventilation but it especially covers up small noises from outside, like the wind on the corner of the house or the cat jumping on the window ledge.

I hear electric pitches from the tv... faucets dripping at the other end of the house

Listening to others chew can drive me insane.. especially if I'm in a situation where they are really lound or eating crunchy food and I need to sit across from them and try to continue with dinner like a normal person. If it's necessary, I will excuse myself for a moment to keep my sanity.. my husband understands so he doesn't eat near me.

I complained for years to my parents and just got mocked for it.. It took a mental breakdown before my complaints were taken more seriously.

Wheel1975
12-17-03, 08:55 PM
You know, there is a thing called "sensory integration" that might describe some of your experiences.

Do a web search and see if it speaks to you.

If you'd like me to do a search and post some links, just say so.

< smile >

David

SubtleMuttle
12-23-03, 03:51 AM
Wow- once again the openness of people on this forum makes the world seem like a smaller place! Thanks! This is kind of long, but I am trying not to rant..

Food touching: I cannot stand mixed foods like hamburgers, tacos/burritos, pasta dishes, ect (warming up to very simplified gyros, salads ok). I gag if I taste more than one thing at once- either cook it all togther or put it on a plate in separated piles thank you. If something has a sauce, I'll even prop my plate up with a spoon to keep it from running into something that doesn't go with it.

I HATE SEAFOOD (but not seaweed...)

Pasta: love angel hair with cheese and butter. Gag at the sight of funny shaped and fat pastas- especially if they have something on them like pesto! Egg noodles and ramen noodles ok (with cheese and butter!)

Light: Overhead lights drive me berzerk! Especially fluorescents (I can feel them flickering, sometimes hear them too even when others cannot). I need directed, ambient lighting in my home to feel normal. I don't like sunlight either, but that's an allergy (most terrible in the summer though- heat and humidity over 80 makes me feel sick and being in direct sun makes that worse).

Is anyone really sensitive to others feelings? If I'm near someone who's feeling something intensely (doesn't matter who or what it's directed toward, or even if I interact with them or not) I can feel that as a knot in my stomach (feeling someone's anger is extremely painful- makes me lose it sometimes!).

ej35401- the chewing thing gets me too! And something my boyfriend does- he slurps hot soups and beverages. I try not to strangle him for it, but he refuses to believe me when I tell him that this sets my hair on end and makes my neck tense. These are no dainty slurps. These slurps could register up on the rictor scale; I can feel them through the soles of my feet too, and they hurt my ears, and I cannot have food in my mouth when I hear this. I cannot rationalize my reaction well enough. He can rationalize the slurping though: "It's hot!!!"

The high pitched ringing noise that monitors and TVs make can give me headaches if I don't drown them out with something.

Wish that my acute sense of smell cold help me find my missing cell phone :( . Hate the smell of Taco Bell- ick.

And there is so much more.. but I have to stop somewhere!

smooch
12-23-03, 03:33 PM
Originally posted by SubtleMuttle

I HATE SEAFOOD.... ]ME TOO!! BLECH!!


Is anyone really sensitive to others feelings? If I'm near someone who's feeling something intensely (doesn't matter who or what it's directed toward, or even if I interact with them or not) I can feel that as a knot in my stomach (feeling someone's anger is extremely painful- makes me lose it sometimes!).




Yep, that's me too. Totally identify with the knot in my stomach that's supposed to be in someone else's!

smoo

steveb
12-23-03, 06:26 PM
Wow, I never thought of the gut pain as being hyper sensitive.
I always get a pain behind my groin if I see someone get hurt, or even hear about them getting hurt. Enough of a pain to make me jump as if I was poked.

Also, Wet newspaper makes me physically shiver, even to think about it.

Wheel1975
12-25-03, 06:41 AM
Originally posted by SubtleMuttle
Wow- once again the openness of people on this forum makes the world seem like a smaller place! Thanks! This is kind of long, but I am trying not to rant..

Food touching: I cannot stand mixed foods like hamburgers, tacos/burritos, pasta dishes, ect (warming up to very simplified gyros, salads ok). I gag if I taste more than one thing at once- either cook it all togther or put it on a plate in separated piles thank you. If something has a sauce, I'll even prop my plate up with a spoon to keep it from running into something that doesn't go with it.

I HATE SEAFOOD (but not seaweed...)

Pasta: love angel hair with cheese and butter. Gag at the sight of funny shaped and fat pastas- especially if they have something on them like pesto! Egg noodles and ramen noodles ok (with cheese and butter!)

Light: Overhead lights drive me berzerk! Especially fluorescents (I can feel them flickering, sometimes hear them too even when others cannot). I need directed, ambient lighting in my home to feel normal. I don't like sunlight either, but that's an allergy (most terrible in the summer though- heat and humidity over 80 makes me feel sick and being in direct sun makes that worse).

Is anyone really sensitive to others feelings? If I'm near someone who's feeling something intensely (doesn't matter who or what it's directed toward, or even if I interact with them or not) I can feel that as a knot in my stomach (feeling someone's anger is extremely painful- makes me lose it sometimes!).

ej35401- the chewing thing gets me too! And something my boyfriend does- he slurps hot soups and beverages. I try not to strangle him for it, but he refuses to believe me when I tell him that this sets my hair on end and makes my neck tense. These are no dainty slurps. These slurps could register up on the rictor scale; I can feel them through the soles of my feet too, and they hurt my ears, and I cannot have food in my mouth when I hear this. I cannot rationalize my reaction well enough. He can rationalize the slurping though: "It's hot!!!"

The high pitched ringing noise that monitors and TVs make can give me headaches if I don't drown them out with something.

Wish that my acute sense of smell cold help me find my missing cell phone :( . Hate the smell of Taco Bell- ick.

And there is so much more.. but I have to stop somewhere!

Wheel1975
12-25-03, 06:45 AM
Some of this looks o me like traits of asperger's or autism, and sensory integration disorder...

Everything outside of me being connected to inside of me, (even the "empathy stuff, someone else cutting themselves with a knife while cooking, getting burned, caused real physical pain for me just to see, hear, or know about it,) without an intermediatea step...

even the "imagined" stuff is not buffered through a "virtual" step that makes it truely abstract... like other people

HighFunctioning
12-25-03, 09:49 PM
Many of my hypersensitivities seem to be greatly diminished over the years. Tags and other parts of clothes such as stitched logos used to bother me profoundly. Now, tags usually do not bother me, unless they are offset from their usual positions (if I run something down my back, I can tell that there is a noticable loss of sensitivity where my tags usually are).

Rough textures of nylon (like those on the outside of winter coats) would make the hair on my arms stand straight up. It was definately a nerve related issue (like biting on tinfoil). Today, I can actually touch nylon coats on the outside.

I hear oscillators in TV's, extrememly high pitched noises (like from pressurized propane gas operating portable heaters, being very annoying). I still hear this, especially in some cheaper TV's. However, I haven't experienced this with computer monitors in a while.

I am hypersensitive to heat. Now, it is more direct heat than anything. I could never handle hot plates very well, as compared to others. I would never wear long sleve shirts, sweatshirts, etc, (even in the winter) as I would tend to feel a bit sick wearing them (extremely chilled). Today, I can wear such shirts, although I prefer not to. I would say working for an apiary on a hot day in a bee suit helped this a bit. Direct, intense heat (from hot plates, pans, fires) still bothers me.

As mentioned before, I too can hear noises at night at the opposite end of the house. Even though I had auditory problems, I can easily listen to conversations two floors apart if there is no background noise.

I used to be bothered a bit by florescent lights. I could tell that they were flickering enough to cause eye strain (as compared to standard incandescents). Today, it doesn't bother me as much (probably because I am forced to stare at 60hz computer screens). I can stand a 60hz screen, but that doesn't mean I can't see it flickering. I can tell the difference between 80 and 90hz, even though most people probably couldn't.

HighFunctioning
12-25-03, 10:11 PM
Originally posted by SubtleMuttle

Light: Overhead lights drive me berzerk! Especially fluorescents (I can feel them flickering, sometimes hear them too even when others cannot).

By hearing the florescent lights, do you mean a low "buzzing" noise generated by the transformer? Transformers are very annoying to me. Where I work, there are many transformers (florescent lighting transformers, 3-phase 480VAC -> single phase 120VAC, etc.) Even in the office parts, the buzzing is quite ambient, but I am used to the noise.

By the way, if you don't like the sound from your computer monitor, just get a system with an AMD Athlon XP. You will need so many fans to cool the Athlon XP that you won't need to worry about the high pitched noises coming from your monitor.

SubtleMuttle
12-26-03, 04:38 AM
Transformers, yes. But something else too. I can feel the pulse of the bulb with my eyes if it's an old bulb- it's pulse will slow as it starts to expire. I will often hear something in sync with that pulse (very minor) and I'm not sure if that's my imagination (visual audio connecting) or if there's something in the bulb making the sound as it pulses, or if the transformers are also responsible for that (those buzz though, right? Does the balast make a noise? Fluorescents use balasts? Heckidunno). May be my imagination!

Thanks for the tips- I am not familiar with asperger's or autism or sensory integration disorder but I think I was tested for autism when I was a kid and it was a negative (like there's definitive tests anyway!)- but I may understand these traits better by looking into aspergers and autism and SI and knowing more about those. I'm using a newer monitor at home and havn't noticed a high-pitched noise from it (I am not so technically knowledgeable about these!)- only from somewhere inside the tower . Have no idea what is making the noise! Oh well, maybe the fan, but it doesn't pulse like the fan! The fans bother me too (my boyfriend, "What DOESN'T bother you?")


On the flip side- is anyone hypersensitive to something in a positive way? I really like clicking those sharp metal buttons (like the ones on old stereo equipment) that make a clean snap-click sound. I don't know what it is about those, but I swear that if I could record that sound it would have a really cool wave shape!

I love the smell of fresh copper (my imagination?) (but old pennies stink.. actually, money stinks!).

What is it about the bubble wrap? I know I'm not alone in that!

Wheel1975
12-26-03, 09:07 AM
Originally posted by HighFunctioning


By hearing the florescent lights, do you mean a low "buzzing" noise generated by the transformer? Transformers are very annoying to me. Where I work, there are many transformers (florescent lighting transformers, 3-phase 480VAC -> single phase 120VAC, etc.) Even in the office parts, the buzzing is quite ambient, but I am used to the noise.

By the way, if you don't like the sound from your computer monitor, just get a system with an AMD Athlon XP. You will need so many fans to cool the Athlon XP that you won't need to worry about the high pitched noises coming from your monitor.

Or get a Mac with a flat screen... so little fan noise you won't beleive it, and nothing from the screen!

spasepeepole
12-26-03, 02:43 PM
I can't stand loud sudden noises. I flip out. I actually wake up 10 minutes before my alarm (at least) with out trying because it's such negative reenforcement. Ugh.

HighFunctioning
12-26-03, 10:00 PM
Originally posted by SubtleMuttle
Transformers, yes. But something else too. I can feel the pulse of the bulb with my eyes if it's an old bulb- it's pulse will slow as it starts to expire. I will often hear something in sync with that pulse (very minor) and I'm not sure if that's my imagination (visual audio connecting) or if there's something in the bulb making the sound as it pulses, or if the transformers are also responsible for that (those buzz though, right? Does the balast make a noise? Fluorescents use balasts? Heckidunno). May be my imagination!



A ballast (or sometimes called a ballast transformer) is a small regulating low power transformer used in florescent lighting. Modern day lighting ballasts are not supposed to be audible and most people should not be able to see flicker because of the high frequency. Older lights with magnetic ballasts were very audible and the flicker of the light was also noticable.

So yes, ballasts do make noise. :)

Wheel1975
12-27-03, 10:16 PM
the modern ballast runs faster than 60 Hz ?

HighFunctioning
01-01-04, 09:05 PM
From http://www.lightsearch.com/resources/lightguides/ballasts.html . . .


Flicker

Electromagnetic ballasts are designed to condition the 60 Hz input voltage to the electrical requirements of the lamps. A magnetic ballast alters the voltage, but not the frequency. Thus, the lamp voltage crosses zero 120 times each second, resulting in 120 Hz light output oscillations. This results in about 30% flicker for standard halophosphor lamps, operated at 60 Hz. The flicker is generally not noticeable but there is evidence that flicker of this magnitude can cause adverse effects, such as eyestrain and headache.

Most electronic ballasts, on the other hand, use high-frequency operation, which reduces lamp flicker to an essentially imperceptible level. The flicker percentage of a particular ballast is usually specified by the manufacturer. For a given ballast, the percent flicker will be a function of lamp type and phosphor composition.

When I say modern ballasts, I speak of electronic ballasts.

FlakeyGirl
01-03-04, 03:04 PM
I've got a new one. Riding thru mountain passes with Speedy Gonzales ( my DH) at the wheel. I thought I would pass out, dizzy, short of breath, white knuckling the dash, pumpin' the fake brake. Yowza!

mom03
01-17-04, 03:11 AM
To sleep it has to be cool w/ a fan, no dripping faucets, no ticking clocks.. the fan helps drown out any random noises that might disturb me, like the cats eating.

The absolute worst is the sound of others eating. (Holiday dinners w/ family are NOT fun!) The worst torture anyone could ever put me threw is to chain me down at the dinner table with a bunch of starving cavemen and then feed them chips, fried chicken and fruit.

I'm not sure if it would be my head or my heart that would explode first!

smooch
01-17-04, 06:52 PM
Originally posted by ej35401

The absolute worst is the sound of others eating. (Holiday dinners w/ family are NOT fun!) The worst torture anyone could ever put me threw is to chain me down at the dinner table with a bunch of starving cavemen and then feed them chips, fried chicken and fruit.

I'm not sure if it would be my head or my heart that would explode first!

That is soooo me! My father, God love him, is the FIRST person who comes to mind when I think of being grossed out by hearing him eat. EEEEEWWWWW!!!!!

smoo

citruscat2002
01-18-04, 12:20 AM
My eggs need to be scrambled or hard cooked because runniness just turns my stomach.
I cut all the labels from my clothes (even/especially underwear). When I was a kid, there was a fad for sewn - in crinolines in dresses and I distinctly remember the torture of wearing them -- uggh. I also went barefoot as much as I could and was always taking off shoes and socks.
I couldn't work in an environment that had pop music playing (even quietly) all day.
Where I live is extremely quiet and dark, so no problems sleeping.
Cheap perfume and some other scents really bother me.

Christiana
01-26-04, 06:48 PM
I always get a pain behind my groin if I see someone get hurt, or even hear about them getting hurt. Enough of a pain to make me jump as if I was poked.

I have ALWAYS been this way too... If someone says they stubbed their toe I cringe becusae I can feel it so well... my brothers used to always tease me because I was so sensitive to being tickled. all they had to do was wiggle a finger at me and I would double over just at the thought!!

When I'm nervous or feeling silly my boyfriend literally can't even touch me. I just giggle all over the place!! (worst when i'm nervous though) he used to think i was nuts but he's used to it now :)

Christiana
01-26-04, 06:49 PM
I'm also super sensitive to flourescent lights = the flickering REALLY bothers me, and the noise is just as bad. I used to complain and people would say "yeah... i don't like them much either" but the truth was they hadn't really noticed it as much as I had.

SubtleMuttle
01-27-04, 09:03 PM
Oh man, I feel ticklish just reading that. When I'm tickled I laugh and smirk, but it hurts!! But when people do it the laugher just eggs them on, and they don't get it when I say, "Cut that out or I'll hit you!" :confused: I have a hard-to-control tickle reflex to lash out, I've kneed a few people in a bad place by accident :eek: just because they carried on thinking they were causing true laughter. In a group of friends and aquantances, when people start getting a bit familiar, the question will come up, "How ticklish are you?" [with a mischevious grin]. True friends have told them, "NO- not her, don't even think about it!"

On an off topic, I've had a cat for about 17 years who's hypersensitive to ME, and will bite someone's ankle when they tickle me! :D My 8 lb bodyguard with a saggy tummy and one fang.

pembroke
01-27-04, 11:36 PM
sounds and smells bother me the most. strong perfume, loud noises make me react physically. my husband doesn't get it. and guess what? he is the loudest - he is deaf in one ear. he even breathes loud.....talk about the odd couple.

my daughter always had clothes that were itchy. didn't get it till she was dx w/add... but, some clothes make me itchy, too.

Justolme
01-28-04, 12:03 AM
Same here. Sounds and Smells bug me the most. My husband is also deaf in one ear and it drives me crazy how loud he listens to the TV. We argue more about the damn loud TV than anything.

He doesn't understand that loud sounds or noises hurt my ears. I can just feel them shrilling when I walk into the room when the TV is blairing.

Brianne
01-28-04, 12:38 AM
Joan I know the feeling on the GUM chewing.......................i can't stand it when my mother or grandmother chew gum more than anyone else...............................they both smack it like a cow LOL!................I don't even have to be doing anything and it drives me up a wall. I always tell mom to stop because I can't even hear myself think let alone do anything else. She will ask me something when chewing it and I forget what she said right away cause the noise is so irritating to me! My grandmother is just a loud eater she can't seem to remember to chew with her mouth closed half the time. LOL So, because I still live at home and my grandmother lives here too I go upstairs and eat in my room. They think I do just because I have sence my teen years and then just figured I was being a normal teen. I just don't have the heart to tell my grandmother...................though mom tells her she is loud sometimes. So I think even if I didn't have ADD (mom doesn't) I would still hate the way my grandmother eats. *sigh* LOL!
I am also a light sleeper. Must be cool or I get night sweats. YUCK! and must have a fan going because of my sinuses so I can breath. I also sleep better when someone is there to share the bed...........................but if they snore AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHh! lol I made my ex get the thorat spray and the nasal strips just so I could sleep. LOL I was glad that stuff actually works but felt bad for him cause the throat spray doesn't taste good.

Brianne
01-28-04, 12:51 AM
Justome,
I had that issue with my ex. Drove me crazy. He doesn't hear well in one ear and he lived in an apt and with it that loud that close to your face OUCH! headache.I had said something to him one time about it and oh no he made a mistake. His friends were there at the time. He made the comment well you don't pay the rent. I was like no but I clean this place I do your arands and I have paid for his food and groceries some cause he didn't know how to save. I was so mad he said that esp with his friends there. I ran into the bedroom and he came in there and couldn't figure out why I was so upset. I said you just made me feel like thousands of house wifes around the world feel. Just because I don't make money I don't get any respect. He felt so bad he still appoligizes for it today. And then says if he could pay me to do the things I have for him he would because I did so much for him and got him out of things. I told him don't ever take me for granted again.

bekindtoedward
03-03-04, 11:01 PM
other: dust, pollen.

i have a yearlong allergic rhinitis

Beep!
03-11-04, 12:35 PM
I LOVE sushi. It is my favorite food. I like it more for its texture than taste. There is something wonderful about the density and contrast between the rice and the fish or vegetables.

I can't walk on certian flooring barefooted. Gives me the shivers.

codeman38
03-13-04, 09:43 PM
Originally posted by BIG
If you're interested in the relationship between Hypersensitivity and ADD, check out this Hypersensitivity Survey (http://www.add.org/content/treatment/pollmj.htm)
Wow, that's a really interesting link... I'm saving that in my bookmarks for when someone complains about my own hypersensitivity to stimuli. ;)

And I know exactly what you guys are talking about, too. Sometimes, the texture of a particular food I'm eating is a bit 'off' and makes me gag. Clothes that pose no problem for others make me itch like mad. A few times, I've been so overwhelmed by the noise in a restaurant that I've literally had to cover my ears to prevent myself from going into some sort of meltdown.

And of course, I can hear the high-pitched squealing from a TV or monitor that's on but showing a blank screen. I can also hear dog whistles, for what it's worth.

Lafnalot
03-13-04, 10:37 PM
I am sound sensitive, smell and touch sensitive and even sight. I have realized a cluttered room is too much 'distraction' for me. I can't settle down. I can't think, my eyes are easily drawn to so manythings.

I also have chronic urticarea, allergies that come and go, sensitive to pressure on my skin, temp changes, stress and anxiety..........once my eyes blistered.........been in anaphylacix before.................Im a ball of nerve endings

Lafnalot
03-13-04, 10:37 PM
Oh and my youngest kid? I finally broke down and bought her socks online with no seam............hopefully mornings will be easier

ADDled
03-15-04, 08:27 PM
Jees, this thread is so ME.
I hate getting sticky fingers and find that other people secrete a LOT of grease .... from using their mice and keyboards.
After touching their KB/mice, there's this sort of grainy/greasy deposit that has to be washed off my fingers.
I'm VERY sensitive to loud/high pitched noises and find loud TV ad.s unbelievably annoying.
I have an exaggerated noise-startle reflex which can even make my leg jibber.
I drive a lot at night and have real problems with headlights, streetlights, porch lights and bright, cloud-diffused sunlight - and drive with my sun visor down day AND night.
I also have olfactory issues and am loathe ALL perfumes and aftershaves, along with a whole bunch of other smells, some of which make my eyes smart or make me cough or want to puke.
I hold a special place for GARLIC - which is the most vile substance imaginable .... the smell gives me a headache and very serious nausea.
Apparently, many animals and insects are powerfully averse to garlic - so it's not just me and my mum.
Another aversion is people who clank their fork against their teeth when eating - WOW ! - that's worse than nails down a blackboard (even if the most beautiful girl in the world wanted my hand in marriage, I'd turn her down on the spot if she was a fork-clanker .... I just can't sit at the same table as these people).
Whenever I wash up, I never dry the cutlery as it just sets my teeth too much on edge .... eeeechhh !

ADDled
03-16-04, 05:13 AM
I forgot to mention my hearing coup-de-gras - I can hear BATS .... hehe.
That's right, bats - from up to half a mile away when they're flying high.
I've only come across one or two others (on the net, of course) who can hear them too.
One of them was a zoology student and went on a field trip with a sonic detector.
On the first night out hunting for a bat, he told the course-leader he could hear one nearby - and was poo-poo'd.
Five seconds later, it showed up on the detector.
Bat sonar isn't really a sound heard in the ear, so much as a registration deeper in the head - presumably in the inner ear (unless I have particularly bat-like skull acoustics or something).
Loud noises such as blasting tannoy announcements at airports are a problem - when I have to put a finger in one ear.
Or people talking way too loud in the car - particularly on the phone, I just have to put a finger in one ear.
Sometimes I wish I had a sound-meter, just to demonstrate how loud these sounds actually are.
I also have a problem with shampoos and detergents - some of which are unbelievably penetrating and offensive.

shteklatte
03-19-04, 12:22 AM
Okay, here's my 2 cents.

i say DEATH to all people eating popcorn in a theater (thats a lot of people)
people breathing loudly through their nose, ticking clocks, TVs left on, uncooked mushrooms and the foulest vegetable that ever sprouted on our green earth, CELERI!

Wouldn't the world be a better place ? hmm?




thought so.



;-)

Lafnalot
03-19-04, 12:27 AM
well maybe not death but definately a good hosing down with a fire hose.

shteklatte
03-19-04, 12:35 AM
can we at least have death to celeri ?

please


pretty please with sugar on top.

Lafnalot
03-19-04, 12:40 AM
but celery is good ! Now mince meat pie, that is evil and needs to die

shteklatte
03-19-04, 12:50 AM
ummmm, technically it IS dead.


its 12 and i haven't showered or started doing my lab report due for 8 tommorrow morning.


Aye, the agony.

iced_cooly
03-25-04, 09:15 PM
That survey was really interesting, I've always been really sensitive to clothes.

My Nanna always knitted me wool stuff and I absolutely could not wear it, I HATED the feel of it on my kneck or wrists.

I used to never wear watches, I do know but the band is very loose and I take it off as soon as I go home.

I also hardly ever wear my hair down because I hate the feel of my hair on my ears.

I only wear white or grey cotton or cotton/spandex gym socks, no other kind at all.

I won't get into how much I hate pantyhose.

I cannot wear breifs for underwear, they go up too high and the elastic on my stomach is sooo irritating.

I won't wear polyester, I hate the way it feels and I think I must have a sensitive nose because it's got a weird smell to it that I also hate. All my clothes have to be cotton or a cotton blend.

So yeah, as you can imagine I was a difficult kid to take clothes shopping lol.

iced_cooly
03-25-04, 09:17 PM
oh yeah and as for having sensitive ears.....during dinner I can't stand silence because then you can hear everyone chew...
the sound of chewing and swallowing ****es me off like you wouldn't believe, it's like nails on a chalkboard..

and now that i think of it, I really do have a sensitive nose! especially as a kid, my friends house had this strange smell to it, it wasn't bad or anything, but it was weird, kinda like a tomato sauce or something. and sometimes i'd just start gagging because of the smell. It would happen whenever I met anyone else that smelled like curry or something. Certain smells just seem to overwhelm me, and I still have that problem.

Wheezie
03-26-04, 02:48 PM
and my husband thinks it just me.... ha! he's wrong again -- he'll be so pleased to find out ;)

i can't stand certain textures of fabric. polyester (obviously) and wool blankets are the *worst*

i hate cooked peas!

i was a vegetarian for years because it was easier than dealing with the kinnigly bits, fat and tendons and bone in meat.

etc., etc. ;)

FlakeyGirl
04-03-04, 12:04 PM
I just heard a comic named Mitch Hedberg compare wearing a turtleneck to having a really weak guy choke you....all day long. I feel the same way.

Lafnalot
04-03-04, 01:31 PM
I cant spread sheets out on the bed, I cant walk barefoot in grass, any grass, the feel of my scrubs cant be tolerated, I found scrubs that are a different lighter material finally, I used to cry at fireworks (the noise is too much for me) My rotten cousin and older sister once taped me being chased by them with cap guns and me screaming from the noise. I hate to be tickled and as a kid would cry if you tickled me. My same sister tied a balloon to my wrist to watch me scream ( I was afraid it would pop) The scare shock startle reaction is so heavy i literally fall (same sister enjoyed sneaking up on me for that very reason---and people wonder why Im in therapy?)

prumont
05-16-04, 12:09 AM
sensitive to clothing labels, acrylics, prickly/scratchy fabric (they all make my skin 'crawl' or 'buzz'), loud noises, cold makes me sneeze, cannot sleep unless warm

steveb
05-22-04, 12:56 PM
I sneeze when going from inside out into the sunlight, I am not sure if that is related.

About skin issues:

When I wnt to my doctor far a checkup and to pursue ADD meds, he saw a red stripe on my arm.
He rubbed his fingernail backwards (opposite of a scratch) down my other arm and it durned red.
He said that I had too much histamine in my system.
I told him that I thought everyone's skin did that, but he said no.
Tags and such cause my skin to turn red first, then the itching starts. Even if I take the shirt off, where the tag was may still bother me.
It also explains why mesquito bites are so much worse for me than other people. I also get hives (which are too much histomine) on the inside of my knuckles (like where a ring goes) and on my elbows. Hives on semi-calased skin is insanely itchy. (Gross: I usually end up scratching until the hives swell and I end up ripping the skin off :sick: )
I also get chest and neck rashes when a fever breaks from being sick.

Anyway, I guess I am wondering how many of my skin sensitivities are related to this histomine issue, or maybe my histomine issue is related to my skin sensitivity.

I just started taking a 24 hour non-drowsy over the counter generic of Claritin every morning, now that it only $10 a month.
I am curious if any of my skin sensitivities change.

Teach35
05-31-04, 02:20 PM
Wow. I never thought about my hyper-sensitivities being related to ADD. I've seen a lot of info lately lumping ADD into the Autism Spectrum Disorders. I guess that makes sense. I knew a guy with severe Autism once that always had on headphones to block out all the other noise.

I, too, say "Down with Celery!" (taste and stringy texture.) Also, the smell of cauliflower cooking has always made me gag.

And "silent" meals, too - eek- Please turn on the radio! My brother still chews with his mouth open. And the worst is chewing and mouth breathing at the same time! (Whew.)

I once dated someone who smoked. Not in the house or around me much. Even so, I could smell cigarette smoke on their breath in the middle of the night. Like from deep withing their lungs. I couldn't stand it! And the smell of a person changes if they've started smoking again, that's how I knew a couple of my friends had started smoking again.

Almost all perfumes give me an instant headache! I have to hold my breath and run away if I accidently find myself in the perfume section of a store. I too, must gingerly smell every product I buy. And "fragrance free" is a lie.

Food textures - yeah. Anything with lots of textures mixed can be a problem. (Salsa, potato/egg/chicken.....salad, soup with greens...) And anything that's not the texture I expected from the look/smell of the food.

I mute almost all commercials on tv because they're too loud, and all amplification is pretty much painful. I've embarrased some of my friends by wearing ear plugs at movies or concerts or clubs. The funny thing is that I often speak loudly myself, if there's other noise in the room. It's like the other noise is so loud I need to shout to hear myself.

Also electrical noise. There's some sort of adapter on the electrical cord to my keyboard (piano) that buzzes even when the keyboard is off. Drives me nuts, others don't seem to notice it. I was sitting in the dentist's waiting room the other day filling out paperwork when I heard the sound of a tooth being drilled. A sharp pain went through my mouth.

I have to sleep with a fan on and have since college, even in the dead of winter. I have a noise machine, but I can't always use it because I can hear the pattern in the white noise if I think about it even a little bit.

I'm never comfortable in my clothes! Any new shirt I buy must have a v-neck or be button-up. Waist bands on bottoms and underwear that don't match up are maddening. Sometimes I want to tear off a shirt if it suddenly feels too tight in the wrists or shoulders. But then I'm bothered if they're too big because the material bunches up. I wear a watch, but have to take it off at times because it feels like it's cutting off the circulation to my hand, even though it's the same tightness that I always wear it.

And cold bothers me, especially humid-cold. On a day with high humidity and temps in the 70's, I feel like all my clothes are damp and I'm freezing. Everyone else is walking around in shorts saying it's hot, and I'm putting on socks and an extra shirt. Coldness makes my ankles and knees hurt. Really painful aching.

And yes, empathy. If someone is hurt, I instantly grab the part of my body on which they are hurt, as if it will keep me from getting hurt there or something. I can't stand anyone being bullied, I either get angry or tearfully sad, depending on how the person being bullied reacts.

Sorry this is so long - I'm actually excited about this. Another light-bulb in my head turns on!

Thanks for listening - H

Jewell
08-01-04, 05:02 PM
I can't stress enough how much reading all this means to me.

Touching: For a long time was couldn't let other people touch me. If anyone touched me...oh gosh just the thought of it. Junior year in high school a friend of mine found out I didn't like being touched, so he said he would give me a hug everyday even if I didn't want it. Though I hated it at first it really helped. I became best friends who touch all the time... so I had to cope with the hypersensitivity. But I realize now that the friends I love the most are thoughs who extented touch to me. Touch the one thing I hate, but crave and want more then anything else...

I'm always cold. My family calls me blanket girl cause even at 18 I still drag my blanket around with me.

For the longest time when I was young I couldn't wear jeans, I just hated the way they feel. As always, when I'm stressed or anixous I can feel everything on my skin, even the air. It can be so overwelming. When anxitey is at its worst I have to cover up myself... everywhere..., long sleeves, knee high socks, gloves, ect. My friends would look at me weird when I'd show up for a gathering with gloves on. Just being able to cover my whole body up is comforting, its like detaching yourself. When I cover my body up I can control what my skin feels.

Pain has never really bothered me much, don't know if it ADD related. But I can sit in uncomfortable positions and do painful things and it doesn't even phase me.

My sense of smell is very senstive. I know smells so well. And I can pick out close family and friends by their smell. I also smell everything. I just wish my sense of smell was even better, I love it.

I'm also very senstive to others feelings. If I'm in a good mood and I converse with someone who is hiding there saddness I can tell... and I start to feel they way they feel. And I feel like I know some people inside and out even if they don't truely know me. I know exactly how their feeling... sometimes its nice to know, and other times I just want to feel happy to feel happy.

I really wish I could make sense of all these senses... put good use to them.

paulbf
08-13-04, 12:10 AM
Good questions.


I really wish I could make sense of all these senses... put good use to them.

LuLuG
08-21-04, 09:47 PM
Andreaa000-

Your post on the cotton ball phobia KILLED me! I had never heard of such a thing until I met my husband. If he has to get an aspirin out of a container that has a piece of cotton in it, he WIGS out. He always has me remove the cotton. But if I'm mad at him and refuse, he makes this weird yell "argh!" sound as he grabs it (as though he touching a piece of poop!) and then he flings it across the room. The first time I saw him do this, I thought he was mucking around and I DIED laughing. But as time went by I learned that it really PAINS him to touch it. I still crack up when he does that (and so does he).

I showed him your post and he was so HAPPY to know that there are others that feel similarly....

ET_BUBBLY
08-28-04, 12:23 PM
Wow, I actually read every post...course I also took my morning meds hehe.
I can totally understand about sensitivity to touching things, with a few exceptions.

When I think about it, I think I am kinda wierd about cotton, but the worse thing for me is styrafoam. AH! If someone rubs against it or scratches it OMG, I hate it...I react the same with this as one would with scratching on a chalkboard. If I need to drink something out of a styrafoam cup, it's a last resort.

I hate tags, thank god for tagless clothes and undies. WOOHOO! hehe If I have tags on my clothes I cut them off.

If I wear any kind of jewery, which is rare, it has to be cloth or natural. So for example, I'll wear a bracelet that cloth strung together, or a necklace that's seashell or something like that...but I don't like metal. I wear a golf watch on my belt buckle or on a chain that I swing into my pocket.

I LOVE NUMNUMS
yes, you heard me right. clothing, bed stuff, etc that I consider numnums are really soft and comfy.

Other things that I am very sensitive to are edges of things. Now I don't know if this is an OCD thing or sensory thing or what. I have to have blankets with smooth silky like edges on them and when I'm laying in bed or sitting on it I need to play with the "edgies". I play with them using my hands or feet...and I even love moving my face along it. When I say I play with them, I fold the edges then smooth them out with my hands, I string them in and out between my fingers and/or toes. Sometimes I find myself doing this when all I want to do is go to sleep but I either feel like I need to do this or it feels good so I have to do it...I'm not sure.

When I wear certain types of shorts I also play and fold those edges...constantly. It's like a compulsion, and like the bed stuff I do it to the point where I actually get annoyed about doing it but for some reason i feel like I need to do it. I'm actually considering throughing those shorts out just so I don't do that.

My brother has neurological problems and he actually does does some of the same things. It may be quite possible that it's an OCD thing but just not diagnosed.

codeman38
09-17-04, 02:12 PM
I once dated someone who smoked. Not in the house or around me much. Even so, I could smell cigarette smoke on their breath in the middle of the night. Like from deep withing their lungs. I couldn't stand it! And the smell of a person changes if they've started smoking again, that's how I knew a couple of my friends had started smoking again.
Yes! It's such an irritating smell... of course, the fact that I'm allergic to it doesn't help things much.

Almost all perfumes give me an instant headache! I have to hold my breath and run away if I accidently find myself in the perfume section of a store. I too, must gingerly smell every product I buy. And "fragrance free" is a lie.
YES. I always get a headache when I go through the perfume aisle... or even the detergent aisle at a grocery store. And it is rather annoying how so many "unscented" things are in fact scented. :mad:

And having to walk past people puffing on cigarettes is no more fun...

Food textures - yeah. Anything with lots of textures mixed can be a problem. (Salsa, potato/egg/chicken.....salad, soup with greens...)
I've always wondered why I don't mind mixing some types of food but can't stand mixing others... I think that might have a lot to do with it.

I've embarrased some of my friends by wearing ear plugs at movies or concerts or clubs. The funny thing is that I often speak loudly myself, if there's other noise in the room. It's like the other noise is so loud I need to shout to hear myself.
Oh, I don't see how people can handle such loud noise! Even restaurants can be an auditory overload for me if there's enough chatter. And though I'm normally a rather quiet person, I will speak very loudly if there's enough background noise-- I've always wondered how 'normal' people are able to hear me at a more moderate volume when I can barely even hear my own self, much less anyone else...

Also electrical noise. There's some sort of adapter on the electrical cord to my keyboard (piano) that buzzes even when the keyboard is off. Drives me nuts, others don't seem to notice it. I was sitting in the dentist's waiting room the other day filling out paperwork when I heard the sound of a tooth being drilled. A sharp pain went through my mouth.
People are always surprised when I can tell that a TV or monitor is turned on but receiving no signal. There's this distinctive high-pitched squealing from TVs that are turned on that's rather unmistakable...but apparently most people can't hear it.

Anyone else able to see the flickering when using a computer monitor set at 60Hz or below, incidentally? It drives me insane, and I always have to increase the refresh rate just to be able to look at the screen for any reasonable length of time.

I have to sleep with a fan on and have since college, even in the dead of winter. I have a noise machine, but I can't always use it because I can hear the pattern in the white noise if I think about it even a little bit.
Yep. I always sleep with a fan on, too... if it's dead silence, it somehow seems more bothersome. And hearing noises from neighboring rooms and such doesn't exactly help things.

Kimalimah
09-19-04, 02:43 AM
I can relate to almost everything everyone has written here! It's no wonder that I am exhausted at the end of every day. Always having to "find" a "place" where I can be comfortable, both physically and emotionally.

Eve
09-19-04, 02:44 AM
I can't stand how cotton balls feel, they make me cringe. Also acrylic and wool are irritating. I'm pretty sensitive to a lot of things.

BenFoldsNerd
11-07-04, 01:43 PM
I feel a huge sense of relief after reading this thread! Finally -- some "normal" people who are irritated by "normal" things!

Celery tastes like the smell of a hundred wet bandaids.

MaybeADD_in_DC
11-16-04, 02:28 PM
This is interesting about a possible relation between ADHD and hypersensitivity ...

I'm super sensitive to sounds, especially rhythmic or repetitive. When I was a kid I once had to wait in my mom's car for a long time with a ticking clock installed in the dashboard, and got so agitated by the sound that I tried to break the clock and had almost bashed the thing in by the time my mom got back. My mom couldn't understand why I would do such a thing and I got in big trouble. To this day I can't listen to ticking clocks, and if I hear something like very faint rhythmic bass sounds coming up through the floorboards it drives me crazy because then I can't focus on anything else, it feels utterly intrusive even if anyone else would probably barely be able to hear it. At work I have to play white noise on my headphones and block out all other noise to be able to get any work done at all.

Also have pretty sensitive skin, I can only wear silk or cotton clothes, anything else itches me to death, even cashmere or angora. Also very sensitive to cold, am always wrapped up in a blanket at work ... people make fun of me for it.

And extremely sensitive to certain smells - like tobacco. Can't be within 20 ft of a smoker, even outdoors.

MaybeADD_in_DC
11-16-04, 02:53 PM
On the flip side- is anyone hypersensitive to something in a positive way? I really like clicking those sharp metal buttons (like the ones on old stereo equipment) that make a clean snap-click sound. I don't know what it is about those, but I swear that if I could record that sound it would have a really cool wave shape!

I love the smell of fresh copper (my imagination?) (but old pennies stink.. actually, money stinks!).

What is it about the bubble wrap? I know I'm not alone in that!
As far as positives go - it's funny, I have always been hypersensitive to music and sounds, but I majored in music in college - there was definitely a positive side to the sensitivity as well ... I could get into the classical composers in a way other people seemingly couldn't. I was one of those people who would cry over a particularly beautiful performance. But the inattention problem would get in the way & I couldn't listen for long periods of time b/c my concentration would wander. I did best with really short, fast intense pieces ...

shdac
12-01-04, 12:18 AM
ADDled quote - "Another aversion is people who clank their fork against their teeth when eating - "
OMG, just reading this without hearing it makes me cringe and push my tongue against the back of my front teeth.
I can't stand being cold or anything colder than 70 degrees. Figures I live in New England. I also hate heat above 90 degrees but can somewhat tolerate it but cold I can't.

I get startled really easy to sudden loud noises. The phone ringing, someone knocking on my door, alarm clock going off, people in the upstairs apartment constantly dropping things. I swear they do this on purpose. Also I can't stand the sound of the monitor and the ticking of the clock and faucet dripping. I sometimes listen to loud music to get motivated to houseclean but then I feel like my head is going to explode and must shut it off or turn it down. I also have a huge problem with the sound of metal utensils hitting each other.

I hate to be touched or tickled. I can handle family hugs but friends I still have a problem with and strangers forget it. And nobody can touch my neck or back of my neck or shoulder area. Sometimes I have a problem with people just being too close but not touching.



I can't eat squishy cooked veggies. They have to be uncooked except for corn and it has to be on the cob.

Very sensitive to light and sunlight. I have to wear sunglass all the time.

Sensitive to smells and most I can't tolerate. Thank God I have allergies and sinus problems so sometimes my sense of smell isn't too great.

I'm allergic to everything. Dust, pollen, mold, animals.

I can't wear metal jewelry or a watch because it causes my eczema to be worse.

I am also afraid of heights and get overstimulated and overwhelmed in large crowds.

I also feel other peoples pain. Its horrible, my daughter is so accident prone and always falling or tripping over things especially stubbing her toes. I always have to grab my feet too.

There are many others too.

pembroke
12-04-04, 02:24 PM
i start my day at work by wiping down my desk and keyboard with a disinfecting wet wipe, because the night shift people seem to be such slobs. there will be coffee stains and crumbs all over everything.
there is a girl i work with who feels the need to share her enthusiasm for her music with everyone -- in spite of being told for 7 years now to please quiet down. she whistles along, sings along, claps along (pretty neat trick for a datatranscriptionist) and dances along to the music in her headphones....talk about driving an ADDer nuts.
I am also sensitive to cigarette smoke; even someone who goes outside to smoke and washes their hands after! I can still detect it on them, and it can irritate me. Which is funny, since I used to smoke.....
I haven't found any foods that irritate me yet -- with me things can't be extremely hot or extremely cold.
And I always feel like a fraud - any day now, they're gonna come and take me away....

codeman38
12-06-04, 01:23 PM
As far as positives go - it's funny, I have always been hypersensitive to music and sounds, but I majored in music in college - there was definitely a positive side to the sensitivity as well ... I could get into the classical composers in a way other people seemingly couldn't. I was one of those people who would cry over a particularly beautiful performance. But the inattention problem would get in the way & I couldn't listen for long periods of time b/c my concentration would wander. I did best with really short, fast intense pieces ...
Heh, yeah, that sounds a lot like my experience! I'll really get into a musical piece for the first several minutes... but for anything particularly long, my attention starts drifting and I start getting all spaced out.

mary e mills
12-08-04, 11:13 PM
I'm sensitive to bright light's. Just getting over my third migraine in two days, their not too strong, thank goodness. I've had really nasty one'si n the past.

abre los ojos
01-08-05, 01:39 AM
As a child I was hypersensitive to several things

I couldn't stand for the seam in my sock to be off the side, and would have my mother take my shoe off and put it back on about 5 times...I would get beyond frustrated trying to get it perfectly straight

The tag on the back of my pants or shirt would feel like someone jabbing me in the back with a sharp pencil....

Very sensitive to cold. I hated winter mornings getting up for school. I would stay in the hot shower for 30 minutes, partly because I was so groggy and partly because it was cold...I still get uncontrollable shivers when no one else seems to be that cold.

My scalp was very sensitive. My mother would try to comb my hair in the morning and it would kill me, even when she was trying to be gentle...

I had a low tolerance for just about every external stimulation, very sensitve to my emotions.

livinginchaos
01-10-05, 07:38 AM
LOL - abre los ojos -
My mom has stories of me and dealing with my socks! She would get so mad at me because I HAD to have my socks on perfectly straight, because of that horrible seam.

abre los ojos
01-13-05, 09:35 PM
Oh, and forgot about the fingernails...I could not tolerated my fingernails being cut, mainly the feeling of the of the tips of my fingers afterwards. My mother would cut my nails, but I would go insane if she cut them too short. I finally got used to it somewhat, but it took until my early teens.

Slowpoke
01-18-05, 06:17 PM
My vices:

textures:
peanut butter, toothpaste (thank goodness they came out with the gel toothpaste!!)
tags

smells:
ripe bananas, very sweet smells (perfume etc), air fresheners, seafood, coconut

tastes:
coconuts, nuts in foods (I can eat them alone, but the clash in flavour is too much for me), candied fruits in fruitcake, octopus (japanese background)

touch:
getting into cold water - hard to do when I'm a swimming instructor
tags on clothes
sock seams
wearing socks when I sleep
bunched up clothes
hair in my face
having ppl touch the top of my head (like patting it), or anything coming twds my head

Visual:
certain patterns actually make me feel NAUSEOUS..anyone else have this too?
examples are peeling wallpaper (in shreds, not chunks), the sticky side of old duct tape
-I think it might be anything that has a prominent change in depth in a small pattern...
but it literally makes my skin crawl and makes me dizzy

flashing lights get me hyper with loud music... I have never needed to drink much to relax and have fun at night clubs

Sounds:
electronic devices that emit the high pitched sound (TV especially)
repetitive rhythmic sounds are very distracting

medication:
very sensitive... my Dr. has realized how sensitive I am after seeing how I react to even minute changes in medication that most people wouldn't react to... but I am on a fairly high dose of ritalin.

foods:
apple juice (apples in general maybe) and orange pop/drinks make me really hyper, crazy hyper. When I was growing up, my friends would get me to drink orange pop just to see me get all hyper and funny... it was hilarious! So whenever we were goofing off at a restaurant and they had orange pop, they would warn everyone not to let me have any of it b/c I would get so wired...

there is a book I found in Chapters that is about hypersensitivity... the title is something like "Too Bright, Too Loud"... I only could afford one book at the time, so I bought "Unclutter Your Life" (which is a great book), but when I was flipping through this book on hypersensitivity, I really kept thinking "wow! finally there is some information about how I feel!"

So since I'm a psych major, I was thinking maybe that ADHD *IS* a hypersensitivity... there have been a lot of people who describe ADHDers as having an overactive reaction to stimulus... which goes hand in hand with my theory that perhaps our brains process things (or try to process information) too fast or by the "shortcut/survival" pathways and this results in the reaction.

I know that I am sensitive to audio and visual stimulation... if I'm reading a book and something crosses my visual field (that is moving object), my eyes automatically look at it... I can't read if there are people having a conversation right close to me... so forget reading on the bus unless I have music to listen to.

Interesting topic though.

I will eventually but the book mentioned above and let you all know about it.

chameleon
01-22-05, 09:41 PM
I was dx'd with hypersensitivity by my ADD psych. He suspected it and spent our first 1 1/2 hour appt. testing me for it. The next appt. was when the ADD testing started.

Clothing - I have to cut all tags out, hate socks, HATE bras, fabric must be soft if I can stand to wear it all day. I can dress nice in uncomfortable clothes for going places, but the minute I come home, it comes off.

Light - Doc said it added to the amount of overstimulation coming into my brain. He tested extensively to find the hue that would block out the most irritants (for me it was gray, which he said added to the proof of 'severe' hypersensitivity). He suggested wearing gray tinted sunglasses inside and out. I don't though....cause that's not very purdy...and also, looking through gray all day added to my depression.

Odors - I am the ONLY one with a sense of smell in my house, I swear! They all say I smell phantom smells but I tell you, there's some AWFUL odors lingering among us! Also, the stronger the smell of bananas or apples, the physically sicker I get. Actually ill (no details needed). I can't eat them either, for same reason.

Food - Picky. Picky. Picky. I'm even more finicky over texture than taste. I CANNOT eat meat fat or canned spinach for instance. Actually, people have said I'm picky,picky,picky, but it's only a few things that I cannot eat. But, boy, can I NOT eat them! Gag like a baby eating liver baby food. LOL

Color - This one wasn't listed as an option to choose, but I have a great sensitivity to some colors. Some shades of mauve literally turn my stomach, hurt my head, and I have to look away.

Sounds - I'm one of those people that can hear the high pitched buzz of tv and monitor tubes when they're off. My Dad could too.

Let's keep in mind though, that some of sensitivities are shared by all people - itchy wool, high pitched whines, slime, sticky hands, offensive smells ( well actually, some people like the smell of gasoline, I HATE it), and everyone has a food they hate I think.

free2bme
01-22-05, 10:01 PM
i posted this somewhere else, but can't remember where....

anyhow, i think i have a sensitivity to noise. certain noise, that is. if it's a band jamming, a concert, a cd blasting (one i LIKE), or me and the kids playing our guitars and piano, i'm good with it.

but i can't stand loud tv (really don't watch tv, but my kids do), i feel like the kids are constantly talking louder than they apparently are, because no one else notices this.....and my 5 year old....god bless her.....but that girl has the highest pitched voice i have ever heard, and seeing as how it is constantly in motion either talking or singing her heart out (why oh why did i pass on my love of singing) i feel at times as though spontaneous combustion is just around the corner!!!!

other than that, my greatest sensitivity involves a strong aversion to closed-minded, judgmental, dishonest, know-it-all human beings. truly, they make me ill.....does that count????

moonlily
01-22-05, 10:07 PM
free, I think we were seperated at birth. I am always saying Husssssh to my husband, cause even when hes not emotional, he has a powerful voice, and of course my daughter takes after him. I find I am always "running away" from the major hub of activity, like my living room, cause I cant take the TV, the talking and the BREATHING! I do think ADD and hypersensitivity are barely inseperable, cause its lack of a sensory filter of sorts right? I smell smells in the carpet, fridge, sky ect my husband looks at me like Im nuts. He said my first day back from my first psyc appt. "what did she say about you hearing like a German Shepard??" Its good, cause I see/notice emotions and beauty everywhere, its bad, cause I see everything else. Oddly meds have only helped minimally with this aspect of ADD.

Madylyn
01-26-05, 01:49 PM
I was searching google trying to find out what could be causing all my hypersensitivity issues and came across this thread and was hoping someone might be able to offer advice.
I'm pretty sure I don't have ADD, never tested, but I don't think that's the issue, but these symptoms I have include real sensitivity to touch, tastes, smells, etc.
The worst one right now is that I have intermittant problems touching paper products. It makes my palms sweaty thinking about it and touching paper sometimes and it's driving me crazy. It also makes it hard to get things done, even though I try to ignore the sensation. There are other times, when touching anything makes me cringe and I have to just keep my hands fisted up
As far as smells go, citrus makes me sick, cigarette smoke is horrible, I can smell it from the other side of a building, my sense of smell is really sensitive.
I try and take vitamins but have issues swallowing the pills. I have to take a break inbetween them and sometimes can't even finish taking them.
Humming, whistling, etc drives me insane as do people that fidget.

Are there hypersensitivity disorders, are these other symptoms. Can anyone shed light on the subject?
Thanks for listening!

kaixo
01-31-05, 04:56 PM
i kind of think i act like a pigeon sometimes. ): you know how you can walk up behind a pigeon who is just doing his own pigeon thing and he'll jump like he's very startled?

that's me. i startle very easily and i sense other people's movements very easily. as well as EXTREMELY sensitive hearing (almost maddening) and a real problem with people touching me or touching anything unpleasant.


one noise that drives me insane is when someone wipes chalk off a blackboard. i swear i can FEEL it and HEAR it. i nearly want to run out of the room.

Thorkitty
02-08-05, 07:16 PM
Light light light. hurts my eyes, even the reflection off of a piece of shiny paper in a darkened room. owwie. Smell. I am sensitive to the point of being able to detect all the ingredients in a meal from two rooms away. Sound. I hear and startle to faint sounds alot. Touch. I hate when people touch me unless im expecting it. It makes my skin crawl. I get claustrophobic in crowds. I get hot and cold for no reason. hot then cold then hot then cold. I have to wear earplugs to sleep or I cant sleep because of the noise. Im not that sensitive to clothing and tags for some reason or grease or dirt. I feel more comfortable with a film of dirt on me for some reason. I feel exposed when I clean myself all over. not to mention really dry skin that peels. Maybe the wrong soap?

addhil
02-12-05, 07:49 PM
I'm sensitive to all the above, especially the smells. I'm not allergic to most perfumes, though a lot of scented soap and moisturizers do give me a rash sometimes. But I have to get scent free antiperspirant, moisturizers, and I keep my perfume-wearing to a minimum, maybe if I'm going out one evening or something. It's having to smell the scent everywhere I go of the antiperspirant or moisturizer, it keeps me awake at night too. Even scents that aren't too strong, eventually I'll start getting really really sick of them.

My boyfriend wears too much Old Spice High Endurance deoderant, I think it might be my fault, I used to tell him how much I loved how he smelled, and I did at first. But now it's driving me crazy and not in a good way.

My skin is very sensitive to certain moisturizers and soaps, and it gets dry very easily, which feels almost unbearable, I can't think of much else when my skin is dry.

addhil
02-12-05, 08:01 PM
OH just wondering, this is a big one for me. I absolutely CANNOT tolerate the sound of people chewing!!!!

I am okay with the sound of ppl chewing crunchy things, but when you can hear the gooey noises that accompany it, it drives me crazy. I can't eat with other people in silence, there has to be conversation.

I'm also very sensitive to music, even background muzak that they play in the shopping malls, it's not that I like any of it particularly but I can still lose my focus because of it.

the 2 of me
02-20-05, 01:30 AM
Since I was diagnosed on February 1- just a couple of weeks now, it only took me about two days to realize that there is so much more about me that I feel like has to be a part of ADD. I cannot stand noises that other people make, I can be just as loud as them all I want to, but the way my mother sounded when eating her cereal in the morning is the first thing I remember just making me bananas. Now it's so much more, especially since I have 3 kids.
I was going to ask my shrink when I went back to see him if this was also part of it. I've been told a lot that there's something wrong with my ears- just by the people whose noises are irritating me repeatedly. I knew I wasn't like other people, but my ears themselves are "normal". Same thing with my eyes, can't stand too much light, I literally feel as though the sun follows me around all day just trying to get in my eyes. I can't tell you how many pairs of $2.00 sunglasses I go through in a year.
I also get very cold easily. This is not so exagerated as the sensitivity to sounds and light.

I'm just so thrilled to know where this comes from.
My son, who is ADHD has never liked to have tags in his clothes. This started around age 4. At Christmas, I felt so bad for him because his grandmother bought him some "nice" clothes- they were dressy-like for church. He acted miserable in them, her feelings got hurt, so his Dad, who does not understand ADHD at all- asked him, "What's wrong!?" My son said the clothes, "hurt". Dad got really upset, like he thought my son was trying to be mean to grandma. I also just bought him a pair of pants that he really likes, but they are very stiff. He told me after a couple of wears that he will just start wearing shorts under them. He thought of that all on his own, I've never discussed sensitivity to touch with him at all.
I remember deciding that I did not like turtle necks or necklaces when I was about 3 or 4.

the 2 of me
02-20-05, 01:50 AM
Oh yeah, I forgot earlier that about sounds- I can hear some kind of electronic sound . i remember in elementary school, TV's and computers were a rare treat. I heard the high pitch electronic sound, but didn't see anything. There was a woman next door who had a TV turned on, but the volume down, or off. I do that a lot. Nobody else hears a lot of the things I do.
And, in a room full of computers, electronics, etcetera, like at the college computer lab-theres a smell that almost gives me a headache
And about 6 months ago a Our garage door was open, I saw a mouse in the back of the garage. i've never seen one here before or since- I feel like he just came in ffor a visit. But, here I go freaking out, thinking there's probably babies running all over my house, setc and I put out some poison. About a month later, I started smelling something similar to a dead mouse. Noone else in my house can smell it, it is about to driive me insane, because I still smell it every now and then. No one else has smelled what I am smelling, they will say, yes I smell something, but it is because the trash is full, etc. That's not what I'm smelling. I feel embarassed, because I feel like its a dead mouse somewhere, but my brothers says that even if it were, the smell would be gone by now- 6 months later. I keep invisioning that there are just a nest of them inside my walls and that is why the smell is lasting forever. I don't know if it really is a smell from a mouse or if I am thinking its a mouse smell becasue I saw one. Anyway, it bothers me.
I know when I was pregnant thie last time, the doctors told me that a womans brain actually shrinks during pregnancy, and I might be real forgetful, not to worry about it. Also, pregnancy causes the sense of smell to become stronger. It is natures way of keeping us from eating spoiled food, etc. But these were things I'd always experienced.

the 2 of me
02-20-05, 02:05 AM
I think the absolute worst thing I can hear nowadays is plastic food wrappers, like potato chip bags, cracker wrappers, even grocery bags- rattling around. It doesn't matter if the person is trying to be quiet- that just seems to make it last forever. I remember a similar annoyance when I was a child. My grandmother would tear paper grocery bags in pieces every morning, as I slept about 5 feet away, in order to start a fire in our woodstove. This noise made me soooo upset- and I knew she had to do it, but I felt like if she knew how bad that bothered me and still did it, that hse must be just being hateful to get me out of bed. I woke up angry quite a bit over that.

the 2 of me
02-20-05, 02:11 AM
I have always known that sounds, lights, temperature, etc. bothered me so much more than other people. When we read Edgar Allen Poe in highschool, I loved the story- I think it was the "fall of the house of usher"- where the main character was a genius, but everything bothered him so much. He was hypersensitive. Therefore, I decided it was just that a part of being smarter than most. I seriously thought it was a way to "even out" the humans... but I always envied the "regulars" because they didn't have any worries it seemed to me.
I also decided that I didn't have any more room in my brain for patience, etc. because no matter how badly I wanted to have proper social skills, they just wouldn't come to me.

the 2 of me
02-20-05, 02:21 AM
I choose not to wear underclothes, pantyhose,watch or jewelry. I prefer no shoes, hair down gets on my nerves, I keep putting it behind my ears.

The only taste that I know of that bothers me is when I go to a restaurant and order sweet iced tea- that's the most common way we have tea here where I live- I'll ask ,"When was it made?" It tastes like it is moldy if it is more than I'm guessing a day old. Moldy is the best way I can describe it. I cannot believe that hte people I am with are actually drinking it- I have to send it back, almost call the waitress a liar, and watch everyone else drink it. GROSS!!!!

shinobi
02-20-05, 09:56 PM
im hyper sensetive to (A) being touched and (B) massive sensetive to light. Not sure why but im the only person (actualy, blame NHS and ASD but ive never looked into it deep anough to find root cause, on list of things to read up on) i know who wares sun glasses in the rain my eyes are that frikin sensetive. They never dilate together, always seperatly. To make matters worse i sait all day in a dark room infront of a lbright comp screen or a room full of halogen lights infront of a bright comp screen. The result, my eyes are oftern blood shot and hurt slightly because they dont react very quick. Oh yeah, and an offshoot, i have to realy try to fucus more than 7in infront of me because im never looking any futher than that 8hours a day, so my eyes hate focusing distance. Just a rant mostly, the touched thing is basicaly an issue for loads of reasons and im not in the mood to write a long post about why. But yeah, my eyes annoy me to no end.

Oh yeah, background noise is also an odd one for me. I cant work in silence at all, there has to be a radio or even whit noise, just not silence, i hate silence, i get distracted by my thaughts to much. When there is background noise though, be it music, a TV or just white noise (from my TV thats broken and does not tune to any channels) i get distracted by that as well. Kind of annoying but i get distracted by background noise less than i get distracted in silence. Im a cronic insominac too and oftern go to sleep with my radio on. Not realy listening to the music but i sleep better with it on, odd as but meh. My sterio has a "sleep" function so it turnes itself off after like 30mins or whatever i set it to and it has an alarm which i use to wake me in the mornings so i have to leave it plugged in over night. If my parents found out though theyd go mad at me for "using electricity".

Nova
03-13-05, 08:33 PM
I'm sensitive to:
-Scratchy or itchy clothing, as in wool
-Tags on clothing
-Restrictive clothing around my neck (crew neck tops/ too tight turtlenecks)
-Certain smells
-Florescent lighting (it actually causes a glare, so I can't read text)
-Certain sounds, as in leafblowers, vacuum cleaners, snowblowers, wood chippers, saws, loud humming of computer modem, loud clock ticking
-Multiple forms of external stimulation while trying to concentrate on a task (people standing close, talking loudly, phone ringing, multiple requests at the same time)
-Reflective glare on windshield during rainfall
-Extreme cold (I can handle heat, though)
-Dead silence unless I'm trying to sleep, then I absolutely have to have it

Nova

Crucifer
03-17-05, 04:07 PM
Smells. We have 4 cats and one of them, a big old Maine Coon cat, never learned to cover up his mess when he uses the cat-box. The box is way down the hall way from our bedroom, but in the middle of the night he will do his business and the smell will wake me from a dead sleep. Sometimes I can just put my head under the covers for a while until it dissipates, but more often than not, I have to get out of bed, go cover it up, and then try to get back to sleep. My wife sleeps right through it and thinks I am nuts. I am, of course, but I still wish I could teach that dang old cat some manners.:eek:

crazymama05
10-03-05, 03:20 PM
My pants have to cover my ankles even when I am sitting. And I prefer my shirts either cover my wrists, or are above my elbow. I hate 3/4 length sleeves and shirts that are too short on the wrists.

I cant stand my skin when it has little bumps or pimples on it. It needs to be smooth or I freak out until I pick it or scrape it off.

I can only see clearly when it is sunny out, but cant stand it when it is so bright.

I prefer alot of external noises. I cant sleep at night unless my tv is on low volume and the bathroom fan is running.

I dont wake up when my husband walks around in the middle of the night, or when the dogs bark.....but my cats bell on his collar will wake me or when my little dogs walk into the bathroom to get a drink of water, their toes clicking on the floor wake me.

russ3
10-25-05, 07:01 PM
for some reason i cannot stand the texture of pencils or crayons. They feel weird and i hate writing with them, theres some sort of scrathing noise that just gives me chills, i haven't used either since i was 7.

liveoak5165
11-11-05, 01:28 PM
In addition to being extremely sensitive to most everything but food textures, I'm extremely sensitive to overhead lights, sunlight, and fluorescent lights.

speedo
11-11-05, 06:09 PM
I dislike:

being touched by most people
synthetic fabrics
sharp, high-pitched noises
sharp, repeating noises
vacum cleaners, leaf blowers, etc
some food textures (like avacado and dried tomatoes)... avacado tastes yummy.. but the texture is nasty.
I used to hate the sound of phones a lot, but they don't bother me so much anymore.
the scent of hummus makes me gag
some colognes and some perfumes are really nasty to me.
some natural scents that people have are unpleasant.
strobe lights, bright flashing lights, etc.
bright lights in general can be annoying
the scent of some flowering plants seems overwhelming.
there is a cycad (tree fern) at work that has a scent that causes me to experience a mild feeling of being annoyed.... when it is flowering. :eek:

I like coffee.. the scent of it is so yummy.
I like the feel of some fabric textures.
I like touching things that have interesting textures.

SurvivnIvan
11-13-05, 07:18 PM
I just started reading this book. Has anyone else read it and been working on any of its suggestions for coping with the different things it discusses?
I'm a newbie on this site and I have to say that it makes me feel so much better about myself, knowing that there are lots of other people who struggle with the same kinds of "slowness", sensitivities, confusion, and other ADD/ADHD stuff that I experience on a daily business. Now I've found this book and I'm feeling the burden I've been carrying around for so long lighten just a little bit more. I'm not so different after all! :D

Scattered
11-15-05, 11:54 AM
My Mom sent me that book several years ago but I've never read it -- since you seem to like it so much, maybe I ought to find it and give it a look.

Scattered

markmark
11-24-05, 12:35 PM
Reading this forum I am fascinated by all the combiinations and variations of sensitivity that people suffer, and also count myself lucky that I don't have them all.

My overwhelming sensitivity has always been noise. Its come close to ruining my life at times. I've moved almost 15 times in as many years trying to find somewhere thats quiet at night so I can sleep, but invariably you can always hear something. Earplugs and white noise from the radio do help but its been a real nightmare for as long as I can remember.

My question is this: Has anyone ever found their sensitivity funny?

While noise always keeps awake at night there are noises during the day that make me laugh uncontrollably. People think I'm crazy, the sound of an electronic phone ringing off pitch if its been damaged maybe. Or someone trying to over-stuff an already full bin (trash can) which might make the contents starting squeaking. I find that hilarious. Anything that makes inanimate objects seem like they have a personality I get a great laugh out of.

I love music obviously and listening to different peoples accents and intonation is fascinating, however I would probably trade some of it to able to "switch off" the unwanted noise hell.

The itchy/scratchy annoying clothes thing I had big problems with as a kid - I used to cut holes in clothes I didn't like - obviously my parents were infuriated and thought I was mad.

speedo
11-24-05, 01:31 PM
markmark

If you have not had your hearing checked , you should go to an audiologist and get tested. There are a number of hearing problems that can lead to hyperacousus (hypersensitivity to sound). It can be debilitating if you let it get out of hand. See your doc...

As far as funny hypersensitivities go...

My hypersensitivities affect all the senses, but only one sense at a time. The strongest is sound. Sound owns me at all times. Sight and touch are a lot lesser than my sensitivity to sound, but can be severe at times. Sensitivity to scent seems to be less frequent, and hypersensitivity to taste seems to be kind of rare for me.

Yes. I am often amused by little "tweaks" that my senses give me. My continual war with things that squeak is a source of amusement. I keep a can of spray silicone grease handy, and I relentlessly chase down annoying squeaks and rattles...

Another thing that makes me laugh sometimes is the fact that I sometimes have spatial dislocation of sound. (a feature of my damaged hearing)

One particular incident involved a phone 20 feet away and to my left ringing and my ears were telling me that it was about 3 feet in front of me , slightly to my right ... in midair... I instinctively reached to grab for a phone that was not there!

OR talking with someone in a 7th floor office and conversation sounds in the hallway sounded as though they were coming from outside the window behind me (300 feet above ground!).

It can be very disorienting when a sound seems to come from everywhere or it seems to move from one place to another. Someitimes it is amusing. Usually it is annoying.

I sometimes find certain sounds or textures fascinating. I like my music a little loud and sometiime sounds of certain frequencies will surprise me... and can literally startle me enough to make me jump. If I am very sensitive I won't listen to music as it will simply make things worse even if I like the music I am listening to.

The texture of paper napkins is sometimes so funny to my sense of touch at times. I can feel the individual fibers sticking up and it tickles my fingertips when I rub a napkin.

Those braille signs in elevators feel really neat when I am hypersensitive.

Hypersensitive sense of taste is always nice to me. Some food and beverages are very yummy at those times.


Me :D




Reading this forum I am fascinated by all the combiinations and variations of sensitivity that people suffer, and also count myself lucky that I don't have them all.

My overwhelming sensitivity has always been noise. Its come close to ruining my life at times. I've moved almost 15 times in as many years trying to find somewhere thats quiet at night so I can sleep, but invariably you can always hear something. Earplugs and white noise from the radio do help but its been a real nightmare for as long as I can remember.

My question is this: Has anyone ever found their sensitivity funny?

While noise always keeps awake at night there are noises during the day that make me laugh uncontrollably. People think I'm crazy, the sound of an electronic phone ringing off pitch if its been damaged maybe. Or someone trying to over-stuff an already full bin (trash can) which might make the contents starting squeaking. I find that hilarious. Anything that makes inanimate objects seem like they have a personality I get a great laugh out of.

I love music obviously and listening to different peoples accents and intonation is fascinating, however I would probably trade some of it to able to "switch off" the unwanted noise hell.

The itchy/scratchy annoying clothes thing I had big problems with as a kid - I used to cut holes in clothes I didn't like - obviously my parents were infuriated and thought I was mad.

Braack
12-02-05, 04:18 AM
I'm really sensitive to lights. Always make me move my eyes to the light source...except when waking up or bright lights that are painful. Those kind of lights, like turning on the lights to wake up in the morning, one of the most painful things I go through every day

INaBOX
12-03-05, 02:35 AM
This is a funny thread. I work with children with Autism who have multiple sensory dysfunctions. I often wonder WHAT they're giggling about at times. LOL

Backlash
08-27-06, 03:20 AM
Such a wonderful feeling to have others understand this!!

Touch: I can't stand the feel of wet cotton, like t-shirt material, against my fingernails. I have to stop and wring my hands to be rid of the feeling. Denim, terry, anything else is fine. I'm also one of those that can only (with very, very few exceptions) wear raw silk, linen, or cotton. I can't stand gabradine or polyester. I don't like to be touched or for others to stand too close if I don't know them very well. It's a struggle not to shrug off and get angry with my 2yo daughter when she tries to climb my back when I'm sitting or wants to hang on me. I'm not claustrophobic, but can't wear a nightgown or have my legs trapped. I'm getting to the point where I can't stand it being too hot, which personally I believe has more to do with my body temp being 97.2. I once went into shock and couldn't stand up for five minutes when I smashed my fingers against a concrete fence.

"I have to have blankets with smooth silky like edges on them and when I'm laying in bed or sitting on it I need to play with the "edgies". I play with them using my hands or feet...and I even love moving my face along it. When I say I play with them, I fold the edges then smooth them out with my hands, I string them in and out between my fingers and/or toes."

Y'know, you're the only other person I know that does this? I let DH know with no uncertain terms when we got together that any blanket or sheet with the silk-type bias trim was mine, as I simply had to fold a part into a tiny point and proceed to run it over and around my fingers and toes and my face. :D

Sound: My hearing is hyper-sensitive. I cringe at the sound of the cardboard tray sliding back into the sleeve with the 2 1/2 doz. egg container. Too much treble on a stereo system sends me running to adjust it or out the door. Emergency vehicle sirens hurt; I've been known to pull over and cover my ears while driving. My daughter can scream at a pitch that makes my eardrums warble; my hearing distorts. I'm one of those that can hear the hum and buzz of the computer monitor and florescent lights. The few good side effects are perfect pitch, being able to tell you exactly what a sound is and where it's coming from, and a distinct memory for voices (I'm a great mimic).

I'm very light-sensitive. I have to squint before opening the door to go out or have sunglasses already on, especially in the summer. Being in bright lights all day, even in an office, will give me a headache. The flip side is being able to almost see in the dark.

There really isn't anything I won't eat, except boiled okra, and that is simply due to it's resemblence to snot.

I'm one of those that have to smell everything. The smell of new vinyl gives me a headache; I have to leave whatever it is outside until the smell is gone. I smoke (am quitting!), but can't be closed up with the smell. The cleaning and air freshener isle is a horror, and I refuse to go down it. There are only a few perfumes I can wear. Newsprint and some copy paper smells like pumpkins. I had to hunt to find a shaving gel that had almost no smell. I love the smell of Campho-Phinique and bleach. Go figure.

shteklatte
08-28-06, 07:03 PM
hmmm, bleeeaach... :D

pershingd
08-28-06, 08:09 PM
I checked "other" so I better post.

I am sensitive to emotionally charged environments. If the emotions are going full tilt, I'm looking for an exit.

Its like other people's emotions interferes with my ability to perceive the situation and therefore interferes with my abitility to process things rationally. I don't even have to be involved in the situation. The wife and I were at a restaurant once and the people a few tables over were having a dispute. Even though we could not hear what they were arguing about, I felt my temper rise to the point that I lost my appetite and had to leave the restaurant shortly after the manager made the couple leave. Fortunately for me, my wife understands and accept that these things happen with me and can often spot the changes in me before I can.

David

Crazy~Feet
08-28-06, 08:14 PM
For those who may be new, a few pals here allow me to embrace my "dash of autism"...I checked all but one box :o.

JmeB78
10-06-06, 04:49 AM
I voted seneitive to clothes because my son Shane can't stand tags in the back of his shirt, and also the toe of socks where the seam is. He will take his shoes off, and adjust his socks several times before it is right.
Jamie

~Ødd~Scr~θθball
12-14-06, 03:55 PM
Sorry this post is a little long but I had much to say
I know even without benefit of a doctor diagnosis that right along with my A.D D, and Dyscalculia, I definitely have Sensory Intergration Disorder. My mother has baby pictures of me exhibiting that old startle reflex long past the age when it's expected to disappear. I was and am still hyper-alert to strange and/or loud noises, even soft noises like clicking fingernails against a table or a repetitious bird call irritates me to the point of hair-pulling Distraction! :eek: Too much movement going on around me makes me as dizzy as if I was riding on those "Drunken Barrel" ride at Six Flags. :p If some-one touches me unexpectedly I jump as though electrocuted. Seams in my socks really bother me. I wear mine inside-out and stretch them so the seam sits in a less sensitive area.I hate clothing labels at the back of my neck and absolutely avoid elasticized polyester stretch pants like the black plague! Most disconcerting of all is the un-explained all-over skin itching that occurs and the unexplained ear touch sensitivity that has caused two fainting spells. :faint: :faint:
Anyone else out there have this odd ear touch sensitivity that's located not in my lobe but in the upper part of my ears? :faint: I would really like to know if I'm alone in this or are there others out there who suffer this odd hyper sensitivity? :eyebrow: My mom thinks it has to do with the nerves being to close to the surface but whatever causes it-it is really troublesome.
Thanks for any and all responses. :) ;) :D


That's me, Odd-Scrooball :) ;) :D

~Ødd~Scr~θθball
12-14-06, 04:55 PM
I Hate English peas, pickles, cranberries and Kiwi fruit! YUCK. Peas and pickle relish look like snot from a bad sinus infection; pickles like slimy warts on the nose of an old hag. kiwi fruit tastes like the smell of un-washed smelly butt and cranberries like the a-fore mentioned unmentionables stink and taste Awful and make me Gag. Ditto for broiled lamb which smells like bad morning breath. O-o-h, I'm feeling sick, Now!

That's me, Odd-Scrooball :]

speedo
12-14-06, 08:11 PM
avacado... guacamoli. dried tomatoes, hummus.... all of those are just awful things.

Me :D

liquid4012
12-21-06, 04:40 PM
I have a strange one - wearing sunscreen or any kind of lotion. I have really fair skin and my father has skin cancer. When my wife and I go on vacation I will usually stay indoors or under an umbrella until it's safe for me to go out in the sun - that's how much that sticky/slimy feeling drives me nuts. I also can't go to the beach if there's no shower nearby. Any activity after being in the salt water and having sunscreen on is extremely uncomfortable.

kilted_scotsman
02-18-07, 04:56 PM
For me its
skin sensitivity.....grass, insects, wind, some kinds of fabrics and tags..but then I LOVE being caressed.
Noises.....unfortunately the noise the kids make fries my brain and after while I need peace.....extreme peace.....I have a boat so I sail somewhere remote....and then go round the boat making sure nothing can make any noise...a night of that and I'm sorted.

dormammau2008
02-18-07, 05:19 PM
Hey Liguid I Hate Them As Well Anything Like That,,,


Dorm An Sounds That High Or Very Low Do My Head In

Dormy

acceptance
05-30-07, 11:07 PM
Andreaa000-

Your post on the cotton ball phobia KILLED me! I had never heard of such a thing until I met my husband. If he has to get an aspirin out of a container that has a piece of cotton in it, he WIGS out. He always has me remove the cotton. But if I'm mad at him and refuse, he makes this weird yell "argh!" sound as he grabs it (as though he touching a piece of poop!) and then he flings it across the room. The first time I saw him do this, I thought he was mucking around and I DIED laughing. But as time went by I learned that it really PAINS him to touch it. I still crack up when he does that (and so does he).

I showed him your post and he was so HAPPY to know that there are others that feel similarly....
and heres me thinking i was the only one lol

Kanibe
08-07-07, 01:57 AM
My 12 yo just laughed his way through the list, ticking everything. He has trouble with smell, a school excursion to a water processing plant was a delight! He struggles with loud noise, can't go to concerts without earplugs, I've cut all tags out of his clothes for years and he can pick which t-shirt he wore for a haircut even after I've washed it. Can't wear jeans (hates the denim), don't even start about sock seams!

The hardest things though are his responses to emotional and pain stimuli, he has chronic nausea (possibly from anxiety) and because he's so sensitive to it, it's really hard to treat, also, the slightest raised voice from me is screaming and any vaguely unhappy look is disapproval. When you are trying to combat anxiety and stress it's hard to remember you not only have to be positive, you have to look and sound that way too, all the time. Which is so easy with an anxious ADD 12yo. Good thing I love him.

dede4004
08-29-07, 10:59 PM
Wow, this is really amazing. I had no idea this hypersensitivity thing could be related to add/adhd. My husband has many of these and I don't think his counselor has touched on this subject yet. But, it helps me to know this.

He is hypersensitive to touch, (he won't let me ever rub him or give him a backrub), also he is terrified of heights but loves rollercoasters and crazy rides that are high. He is also hypersensitive to sound but in reverse of the previous posts. The level on the tv, computer and such is so loud it makes MY ears hurt. He has a hearing problem, but still not to where he needs the tv so terribly loud. I'm always having to turn things down. But, he can hear intricate things in music, like chords, intervals, and melody lines in an entire orchestration which he can transcribe as he hears it. (which is a real talent)

Bugs are a REAL problem, especially spiders and bees. When our girls were small, we were all riding in the car and a little spider crawled under his seat. My husband whipped the car off the highway and jumped out the door. He wouldn't get back in until we killed the spider. (lots of stories about bugs)

Food is also an issue. He only eats about 10 things. All meat has to be plain, nothing on it including hot dogs and hamburgers. NO meat type dishes like casseroles or anything. He also eats plain bread with butter, two types of cereal (again plain) and cheese pizza. (but will not eat cheese by itself)
No vegetables except corn (which is a starch) a couple fruits and that's it.
Oh, and he does eat one type of soup, which is Lipton chicken noodle.

He DOES eat a lot of candy, doughnuts, sugar stuff and soda drinks. His mother was the same way and taught all her kids to eat this way. She also taught them that they would "throw up" if they ate anything else.

We know his mother would be classified add/adhd if she was ok, but she is now in an Alzhiemer's facility. My husband's brother is bipolar (recovering drug addict) and his sister is add (not diagnosed) and a recovering alcoholic.

His father ate a normal diet, which his mother hated, because she had to actually "cook" for him, but she fed her kids all "processed" fast food and sugar foods, cereal etc.

I never knew this stuff was connected to add/adhd. Astounding!! Thanks to all of you who posted. It helps me understand this particular side of my husband that has been really difficult to deal with, because his hypersensitivity to these things (and a few more) borders on paranoia/phobic at times, and that's what I thought it was. Wow.

Thanks again,

Dede

dixiepeep
10-16-07, 02:35 PM
I can't stand the sound of someone eating especially if they are eating potato chips from a bag. It drives me crazy. I pour my chips out of the bag because of this. It is good to know I am not the only one.

dixiepeep
10-16-07, 02:37 PM
I hate the cotton ball squeak too. I thought it was just me.

Guest1
10-16-07, 02:38 PM
im all above and to what people put also

dixiepeep
10-16-07, 02:47 PM
no, you sound normal to me. I can't eat raw tomatoes due to texture. I hate the feel of my rugged office chair under me. Everything is too loud and it is really bad because my husband is hearing impaired. I tend to avoid the t.v. I would rather read a book alone with no noise. Hubby thinks I am ignoring him but I can't stand the loud noise of the t.v.
I was at a meeting last night (which was hard to sit still for anyway) and the woman kept clicking her ink pen as she spoke. I thought I would lose my mind. First thing was the woman just kept talking on and on and on plus the pen clicking. She talked about being a foster parent to five kids. I have 3. I felt like she wanted to be a martyr for her deeds. I wanted to say...you are in it for the wrong reason if you have to tell everyone that you have five and they are all races, ect. It was all I could do to sit there and listen to her.

Guest1
10-16-07, 03:00 PM
if you knew me you say diffrentno, you sound normal to me. I can't eat raw tomatoes due to texture. I hate the feel of my rugged office chair under me. Everything is too loud and it is really bad because my husband is hearing impaired. I tend to avoid the t.v. I would rather read a book alone with no noise. Hubby thinks I am ignoring him but I can't stand the loud noise of the t.v.
I was at a meeting last night (which was hard to sit still for anyway) and the woman kept clicking her ink pen as she spoke. I thought I would lose my mind. First thing was the woman just kept talking on and on and on plus the pen clicking. She talked about being a foster parent to five kids. I have 3. I felt like she wanted to be a martyr for her deeds. I wanted to say...you are in it for the wrong reason if you have to tell everyone that you have five and they are all races, ect. It was all I could do to sit there and listen to her.

Skully
10-17-07, 08:13 PM
One thing I did not see was sensitivity to light. My eyes are very sensitive to light. Bright sun really hurts my eyes, more so than most people. I usually am still wearing my sunglass while my headlights are on!

allome
10-31-07, 01:40 PM
Well my son can't stand to wear sweats because of the elastic...i can't stand touching slimy things...can't stand for things to be caked up on my hands( Playdough...cookie dough...etc) If i'm not focused on the sound...meaning if its not a song I'M listening to it annoys me for it to be loud...and if I'M not talking I can't stand when ppl talk loud...He doesn't like to get his hair combed or brushed...I absolute CANNOT do COLD weather...and being hot is almost just as annoying

Tiddlywinks
12-06-07, 10:07 AM
I am sensitive to many many things, but especially hate to touch bumpy things like baby rattles that have bumps or steering wheel covers. I shutter just to think about them. Ants crawling on my skin makes me feel like I am going to explode! Really loud music and the racket students make at pep rallies sends me over the edge. That's terrible since I am a teacher and sponsor the cheerleaders. After every football and basketball game I have to come home and wrap up in a weight blanket just to calm down.

Melvin Schmekel
12-10-07, 03:53 PM
Yowza-
And all this time I thought it was just me!

I've recently been diagnosed with ADD at the age of 34, and have been carefully re-looking at myself: my behaviours, my quirks and differences, my problems, etc. through the lens of having ADD. I'm sorta taking stock of where I end, the ADD begins and how much of it overlaps. Now I find that I can add my skin problems to the list too!

Anyway, here I am cozily tucked in my carrel at my college's library. For the past 3 hours I've doing anything except study for my next final and write the final paper that is due tomorrow (silly me!). One of the things I have been doing however, is chasing a particularly nasty itch all over my back and up and down my legs, and now it seems like the little monster has invited a few friends over to the party called "me". I've always been super sensitive to so many different things. I remember my Mother taking me to the Planetarium when I was about 4 years old. I don't remember anything about the experience except the wool sweater which she forced me to wear, that, and her telling me to just sit still and to stop scratching for God's sake! Ever since then I just assumed it was an allergy to wool and have avoided the wretched stuff like the plague!
There are about a million other substances which make me break out in hives and scratching fits from Neosporin to polyester naps. In doing my current research I came apon these links: (Note, I'm not endorsing anything or anybody, this is just stuff I found on the Inter-Nerd today!)

http://web4health.info/en/answers/soma-neurotic-excoriation.htm
see number 3 on her list
and
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/03/060303204044.htm

I don't know if any of this stuff got covered anywhere on this thread, after two pages of reading, I got so excited that I had to post NOW!, I'm sure you know what I mean. I'll go back and read the rest after I post.

I've always been meaning to go to an allergist and get some testing done and see what the problem is, but I haven't quite gotten to it yet, along with 3,000,000 other things.

Other oddities: I can't get too near to perfume counters, I can't go down detergent and cleaning supply aisles in supermarkets without holding my breath, the texture of okra, I can't touch rust, and EMERY BOARDS!!! I can't even think about them without my teeth getting all itchy, my fingers involuntarily crinkling, and grimacing like someone just stuck something horrid in my nose. SHUDDER! I can't even believe I typed the word!

Just a few things to think about for me and hopefully you too.

I'm off to read the rest of this thread and hope I don't find myself repeating too much!

meriellyn
12-20-07, 09:16 PM
CHEWING! God I hate the sound of someone eating! It realy makes me want to choke people. I feel bad about it but it just irritates me to no end!

I can actually feel certain sounds. Like metal on concrete. I feel physical pain from that. And the chewing will make me shake if I try to ignore it long enough.
I startle fairly easily. I hate one friend of mine's phone because I nearly jump out of my skin every time it goes off!

I'm sensitive to clothing (tags, elastic, textures, etc).
I'm also sensitive to touch in general. It's not always bad. Makes for some great sex sometimes. Lol. But if I don't feel like being touched and someone rubs my arm or something, it hurts!

I'm really sensitive to smells. They give me headaches easily. I'm also sensitive to good smells though. They can totally make me feel better or different or give me flashbacks and some of them I can almost taste (for some reason I can taste the smell of jasmine).
I get goosebumps easily and get hot super easily. Lately I've started being more sensitive to cold as well.

I kinda like weird textured food though.

*ETA*
No fan = No sleep

And flourescent lights give me a horrible headache and make me really really cranky.

blueyeyore
12-20-07, 10:58 PM
When I was a child I had a HUGE dislike for Jeans....I refused to wear them...I didn't wear jeans until I was about 12 years old. I don't remember exactly what it was, but I remember screaming and crying if mom tried to put me in them.

meriellyn
12-21-07, 12:02 PM
When I was a child I had a HUGE dislike for Jeans....I refused to wear them...I didn't wear jeans until I was about 12 years old. I don't remember exactly what it was, but I remember screaming and crying if mom tried to put me in them.
Me too! I couldn't wear them until I was 12 or 13. Even now I'm super picky about my jeans. I'm so happy the lower waist, thinner, stretchy jeans have been around for a while because that's the only kind I'm confortable in.

And I absolutely cannot stand any pants up around my natural waist. *shudder*

justAwierd-o
12-23-07, 12:05 AM
I can get downright irritable and angry if my clothing doesn't fit right, even to the extent that I'll throw it across the room or something in frustration...

And I can't sleep if there is ANY distracting noise nearbye (like music, chatting, televisions, etc. Sometimes even the simple breathing of another person in the room). I have a fan going full-blast when I'm living in the dorms to block out noises.... and earplugs nearbye if necessary (though they kind of bother me, too).

NonSequitor
12-23-07, 01:08 PM
High-pitched noises and anything with too much treble get me. As long as I can remember, I've been able to tell when a TV is on across the house/room etc even when it is muted. I so hope other people have experienced this.

NonSequitor
12-23-07, 01:10 PM
And while I'm going on about annoyances-it drives me mad when my pets are licking/scratching/slurping themselves if there is nothing loud enough to dorwn it out. I am terrible, I know.

Stabby
12-30-07, 01:19 PM
I have an eating disorder, I can't eat fruit and vegetables except beans, peas, salads and potatoes. I love all kinds of soup and sauces though, as long as they're mixed and contain no pieces. It's not the taste I dislike, it's the way they "feel" inside my mouth, which people have never understood. I can eat minstrone though as long as I don't have to chew on the vegetables. I swallow them immediately.

Could this actually be explained by ADD? That would be quite interesting.

Stabby
12-30-07, 02:35 PM
I'm also quite sensitive to heat. Like when I shower the water's too hot at a certain temperature everyone else has no problem with. Same thing with food that's too hot (especially soup). By the time other people are finished eating I'm still waiting for it to cool down.

If someone could answer the questions in both my posts, thanks :)

dormammau2008
12-31-07, 12:53 AM
sentivet toi light soundsss in the lower spictumm an heat as well touch can be deps were it is if i rubber my toe i get a inching in my left ear to name a few thingsss eltice power i can pick up as well feel free to ask

dorm

sarek
07-16-08, 10:22 AM
Sensitive to sounds and noise primarily. Particularly some radio and TV commercials irritate me enormously. Why do they have to be so loud?

I find it very hard to concentrate on something when other people in the room are talking. I alway think like I am eavesdropping or something, but I just can't help it. I was never able to study in a public place because of all the distractions.

It was actually through following links from a site on hypersensitivity that I became aware of the real problem, which was ADD.

funtaff
07-26-08, 04:42 AM
I know this thread has been pretty much been beaten to a pulp, but hey - why not.

I'm right there with everyone on clothing (tags, fit, etc), heat (soup, showers), noises (chewing, conversations, high frequencies), and touch (I'm pretty ticklish) - but the thing that really drove me to this section of the site is that for me it's not entirely constant - mostly the sound sensitivity part.

I'm pretty moody - and one of the dimensions of that is irritability. It only recently occurred to me that I was "hypersensitive" to things, because I read the recent publication on Hyperkalemic Sensory Overstimulation, which addresses that from a potassium standpoint.

Does anyone find that meals and/or medication affect the sensitivity periodically throughout the day? I really notice it when I come home after work - kitchen sounds can start to really get to me from across the room. My workplace is no slouch though, so I feel it gets particularly worse later in the day, when whatever stimulant I happen to be trying that month has worn off :).

l3londluvsanADD
10-11-08, 03:30 AM
Yeah I am late on the thread too, but when you have so many sensitivities you HAVE to write about it right? Okay so I am sensitive to:

Light- I have had to pull over to the side of the road until my eyes adjust, or I have to drive with my hand over my eyes while I peer through the crack in my fingers, makes me wish I had those glasses from Star Trek! NO LIGHT FOR SLEEP! which is funny because when I was a kid I HAD to have light and noise.

Dark-I cant stand it when its too dark! I only like it pitch black to sleep other than that I have to have light on, I dont like turning the lights off to watch a movie at home either.

Sound- High pitched or low pitched sounds that are repetitive-ie techno music. An Ocarina, whistle, etc. BUT the funny thing is that they only bother me if someone else is doing it, if I blow a whistle over and over it doesnt bother me! WEIRD It also is mood dependent I guess, when I'm sleepy I cant stand loud sounds, I think my sensitivity hightens when I am tired. Chalk or chalkboards being wiped off, sharpies on paper, dry erase markers, overhead projector markers, absolutely NO sound for sleep!

Touch- Tags, turle necks or anything tight around my neck, tight clothes (I too take them off as soon as I get home), wet clothes, sleeping with socks, socks and shoes in general, hats, gloves, masks, I cant even wear acrylic fingernails because I cant feel the tip of my finger anymore, wind on my neck also, sweat I HATE to sweat or be hot, biting apple skins or grapes(although I still eat them), sometimes I HAVE to put my hair up or I will go crazy, I like to feel my hair tight against my scalp, watches cant wear them or big bracelets, glasses on the bridge of my nose, earrings/rings have to take them off after a while, weird textures,

cant sit in a chair with both feet on the floor have to cross them or put one ankle on the other knee etc, itchy I am itchy ALOT, makeup I have learned to put up with, long sleeves have to pull them up on my arms for relief or pull them down to hold them in my hands, have to have a fan for sleep or feel like I am suffocating also cannot have stale air, So I guess touch is my worst sensitvity.

GOOD SENSITIVITIES- my hair love to have it touched or played with, hugs, small spaces (I think this has to do with feeling secure like in the womb), feelings on my fingers, cant think about to many of these as they arent as annoying so I dont hyperfocus on them! HAHA the joys of ADD!

So I know this was long and I dont really care if anyone reads it, just felt good to get it out so THANKS!

Oh I also forgot to I memorize EVERYTHING I know jingles after hearing them once or twice, I know commercials, I know EVERY word to the movie TITANIC I mean every word, I know every word to every song I have ever listened to more than twice! Its crazy, I have noticed this in my son too so i am leaning towards him having ADD also. Oh I also have to read EVERYTHING, I can pass the same billboard 500 times and I will read it EVERY time!

Veggymel
10-15-08, 04:16 PM
My odd quirk / hyperawareness thing is "errors" in movies, commercials etc in the editing and such lol. It can be amusing but when I would rather prob know what the commercial was for all that comes from me seeing it is the MOST OBVIOUS error in film/edit that I cant believe they even completed this project and aired it LOL. The first one that comes to my mind now is the most recent I discovered. Sometimes it happens the first time I see the footage and sometimes it is after seeing a comemercial several times. The SHAMWOW commercial when he pours water or something on the pc of carpet to show how the towel thing picks up every last drop. Right after they show the puddled water on on the table/under the pc of carpet they cut away and then back to same angle again, only on the second shot there is no puddling and no mess on the table. LOL...cant help it - I do it all the time in movies and everthing.

chowmix
10-27-08, 12:52 AM
I'm touch, odor and sound sensitive and it's getting worse as I get older. Any hints?

Clothing labels, seams on socks and underwear, and rough fabric around my neck are distracting.

My eyes water when I smell clothing others wear washed with any kind of scented detergent or fabric softener. I don't like to be in the clothing department of stores since whatever they put in kid's pajamas as a fire retardant or in clothing to make them look crisp and new makes my eyes water. I can smell personal feminine hygiene products with strong scents as I walk around in public.

I'm not one of those with environmental allergies who must live in a bubble with tinfoil covered windows. It's not that bad.

As a result of this, I end up washing new clothes before wearing them, rinsing them two or three times. I purchase only unscented soaps, detergents, deodorant, toilet paper, etc. Even going down the isle in the supermarket makes my eyes water and I may wheeze. I've been very particular about socks, shirts and underwear. I have discovered manufacturers have a different notion of 'unscented' than I do and that many 'unscented' products still have an odor.

I actually don't like 100% cotton shirts because they NEVER get soft enough, I prefer blends for shirts, socks and underwear. Cotton pants don't bother me. Thinking about wool makes me itch.

Sounds also drive me nuts. Hums, buzzing, high-pitched stuff. Florescent lights, TV tubes and computer monitors. In order to sleep I either need headphones with white noise or binaural beats OR a fan to drown out distractions to the environment.

Perfumes are distracting, though not always unpleasant. Some make me gag, I get headaches and wheezing around 'floral' scents. Some other perfumes make my mind wander 'elsewhere:o' if they trigger certain memories.

ADD and anxiety meds have helped some of this, but I'm still easily distracted. I take antihistamines before going on shopping expeditions and prefer to buy over the web to avoid the barrage of odors in stores.

Animal smells (human or otherwise) don't bother me. I have pets and work with animals and deal with animal odors my OCD friends can't even bear to hear me describe.

Any hints?

chowmix
10-27-08, 12:54 AM
High-pitched noises and anything with too much treble get me. As long as I can remember, I've been able to tell when a TV is on across the house/room etc even when it is muted. I so hope other people have experienced this.

A pet peeve. I'm SOO glad flat screens are slowly replacing the tube displays on tvs and computers.

Marty
11-01-08, 03:22 AM
I also have Asperger's Syndrome and that makes me hypersensitive mainly to Light/Movement in my field of vision/sound but all the others senses are way more sensitive then normal people too. Due to that I overload at least once a week.

sarey
11-19-08, 09:49 AM
I'm mostly sensitive to certain clothes (tags and the way they feel, too tight, not ''right'', etc), some food textures, I don't like being touched, being hugged and stuff is okay, but I don't like anything else... uh... heat and cold, especially the cold, I'm always cold, hands/feet, may be due to circulation problems but I'm sensitive to the heat/cold... It really also depends on my mood... but yeah.

sarey
11-19-08, 09:50 AM
BUT the funny thing is that they only bother me if someone else is doing it, if I blow a whistle over and over it doesnt bother me!


Ha ha same here.

chartreuse
05-12-09, 05:45 PM
My big ones are noises and smells. I didn't check the one for clothing, because it doesn't bother me much anymore, but my mom tells me that when I was little I would always complain that "I can feel my clothes."

Sonja
05-21-09, 06:42 PM
Dry surfaces are a big one for me. The best example is wooden disposable chopsticks. I hate them so much. I do weird things like dip them in the green tea to make their surface less dry and unpleasant to my skin.

I've discovered that I seem to be the only one I know who likes to leave wetness around. After washing my face with a warm wet facecloth, I leave it wet to air dry. I leave my hair to air dry. If I spill water somewhere, I usually leave it to dry naturally. I don't understand why everyone is so hung up on drying things.

Apparently a lot of these hypersensitivity issues are also in common with people with Asperger's?

Certain fabrics like polyester are very unpleasant to me.

One of the most annoying sensations to me is when a hair (mine or my partner's) is barely touching my face. It's a tickling sort of irritation that drive me crazy.

crazycat1990
07-18-09, 02:35 PM
Been meaning to check out this thread for a while!

I've always had sensory issues (and I have some traits of Asperger's too).

I'll start with the negative side of things.

Negatives

Noise - this is the main one, definitely. Where do I start! :p
Unexpected loud noise - GRR! When I was little I used to tell people to shut up when they laughed, cos it made me jump and agitated me SOOO much! It still does the same to me now! If my mum is in the kitchen doing something and suddenly she bangs the saucepans or something, GRR it annoys me so much! It can sometimes make me snap out of a good mood in a second. If someone suddenly coughs it annoys me too. Oooh and when big vehicles drive past you when you are walking/or noisy vehicles! I guess just any sudden loud noises! I'm so jumpy!

Loud people - even though I can be loud sometimes. If someone is being loud on the phone or in a conversation it sometimes really annoys me. Why do they have to be so loud?? Same applies for people on TV! Or when people get really excited and stupid (usually females)...and they start screaming...calm downnn!!!

Continuous noise - like hairdryer, vaccuum cleaner. This doesn't so much annoy me, as much as it just makes me feel odd and uncomfortable. Can't deal with it for too long! Also if someone is hammering/drilling really loud...that annoys me/makes me uncomfortable.

Loud music when I'm not in the mood - often my boyfriend turns the radio up loud in his car and I just turn it back down :D and he's like "Ohh don't be boring! Why don't you like loud music?" Which annoys me even more because I am certainly NOT boring. I LOVE loud music when it's neccessary and I am up for it. In a car when I'm not in the best of moods is not one of those moments!

Touch/texture

Food/drink - drinks with bits in (like some fruit juices), can only drink them if I am REALLY thirsty. I am very fussy with meat because of fat and skin. It's embarrassing because I sit there picking the fat and funny-looking bits off, but I cannot eat them or I gag! Anything too chewy or slimey - no! Also I can't seem to deal with eating drinking something that is hot (temperature wise) like other people can. If me and my friends had a hot chocolate I'd be the last to start drinking, whereas they'd be able to tolerate the heat. And I can't eat big mouthfuls of ice cream, toooo cold! I did think it was normal but actually I've noticed a lot of people put big/normal sized mouthfuls in!
And I'll never forget the time I was eating a toffee yoghurt and there was some little bit in it, not sure what, it wasn't off. Anyway I felt it in my mouth and - ewwww! Feel sick thinking about it. It was only small, smaller than a pea, but it just felt so disgusting and horrible! I didn't swallow it, I spat it straight out! Have always been very conscious of eating yoghurts since!

Clothes - they have to be comfortable. I'm better now than when I was a kid, with tighter clothing and stuff, but compared to NTs I'm a lot different! They only difference now from when I was a kid is that I will happily wear jeans and fitted t-shirts. But I couldn't wear a long-sleeved tight top, or tight trousers. Grr so restricting and uncomfortable and annoying!! Always wear trainers, can't wear other shoes. Except for if it was an occassion or night out where I dressed up, I have some nice shoes that have heels (not too high though) and they are very comfortable luckily! When I wear sandals.flip-flops, whatever you wanna call them...the bit inbetween the toes huuuuuuurts! Ow! I hate it when underwear digs into your hips and hurts, mine are doing it right now :o Bras can often be annoying. Hate it when a top rides up your stomach, just feels so uncomfortable. Three-quarter length tops are just stupid. I want my whole arm covered or my elbows and forearm free. Also when I put socks on they sometimes don't feel 100% straight, anyone else get what I mean? And you can feel it! Grr!

People touching me - I don't mind hugs etc if I want them. But if someone touches or hugs me when I don't want it I get MEGA ****ed off!! Or when someone touches my head or messes my hair up. Or if someone knocks into me. GRRR! People always seem to knock into me! :(

Hot/cold intolerance - over the past few years I seem to feel the cold more. But not when it's not cold. Only when it's cold :p but it's how I tolerate it that's the issue. Say it was a freezing cold winters day, sure everyone else is cold but they don't stand there shivering as badly as me, teeth chattering, mouth so cold I can't talk properly. Sometimes at the end of the day I ache from my body shivering so much! When it comes to heat, I sweat a lot easier than most people. In fact I have hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). Bit embarrassing and extremely annoying. The main thing is my underarms :o sweat for no reason, can be sitting around and it'll happen. I have special anti-perspirant for it though. The other thing is exercise makes me sweat easier than other people. Every time I walked to school (bout 20 minute walk) I would be sweating so much! Shirt would be soaked through! :(

Don't have any issues with smell or taste (it's more the textures of food that makes me a fussy eater).

Only issues with sight is that I can be oversensitive to light sometimes.

Positive

Now onto the good points!

Hmm forgotten some of them :o

One is slightly strange but hey! I'm REALLY ticklish! If my boyfriend kisses me on the neck it tickles so much! But it's alright cos I love being tickled! Hmm...

LOVE having my back scratched!!! :D:D

Love the feeling of some things/the noise they make.

Love lots of smells :D but I guess that's normal anyway.

And when I listen to music...I don't know if this is hypersensitivity or what...but say it's a song I love, well obviously I'll be hyperfocsued on it...and I just get so into it and love it so much! I know obviously everyone has songs they love and so they enjoy listening to them. But this is different I swear. It's like euphoria. I think. I don't know. But I'll just feel so happy and think of things/people I love and just feel so high :D

And the main thing...I LOVE RIDES AND ROLLERCOASTERS!!! The speed, g-force, weightlessness, fear, adrenaline rush, excitement, the feeling when your stomach goes over...:D:D:D I thrive on it!!

peripatetic
07-18-09, 04:25 PM
i'm photosensitive. i hate bright lights and i cannot sleep unless the room is completely dark.

doiadhd
07-18-09, 04:48 PM
Engines of cars ect,Drive me mental.
Gunshots on the t.v,Fires me up.
Hate my picture being taken,Make me flash.
Strangers in the streeting making any form of physical contact.Arrhhh.
Pretty much everything in the world drives me,barmy.

Sometimes,mostly :)

Afterthought;
With certain fumes from drinks,moods...light,(and make-up:(),my eyes tingle and change colour......what is this????

crazycat1990
07-18-09, 07:20 PM
My skin is kinda sensitive as well and it often itches (for no reason!)...grr!

And I used to hate people brushing my hair for me when I was younger. Still HATE going to the hair dressers even now! They always hurt me, anyone else get this? Some of them are REALLY rough even when washing your hair!! My eyes water in pain!!

But the result is always nice :)

crazycat1990
07-20-09, 04:48 PM
Oh and another one which is one other peple have mentioned too.

The sound of people chewing/eating. GRR! Does my head in sooooo much!

kattsqueen
07-20-09, 05:13 PM
check this post by me about sensory overload add

kattsqueen http://www.addforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=70434&highlight=add+sensory+overload

crazycat1990
07-20-09, 05:42 PM
Ew ew ewwwwwww does anyone else get freaked out by holes?

Like loads of them together? I always get freaked out at the idea of my skin having loads of holes in it with things underneath/in the holes.

There is a fear called Trypophobia. It's not so much a fear though, I just felt really sick and grossed out and my skin crawls. Bleeurgh *shudders*

Also - I HATE the feeling of cobwebs when you touch them! They're so grosss!

Prusilusken
07-20-09, 08:13 PM
Can't stand anything greasy on me, like creams and oils, especially on the fingers and under my nails, never could.
Some noises I am very sensitive to, they will make me nauseous.
People touching me in certain ways or being close to me can be a chore, but not as a rule. People bumping into me or some furniture I am in physical contact with in some way (chair I'm sitting on, table I'm resting an arm on...like that) my body feels like a small, closed room, that someone's just threw a small rubberball into with all the force they could muster, when something like that happens. The more out of balance I feel before it happens, the worse the reaction, of course (?)
I am very sensitive to motion, I get motion sickness.
Plastic - especially buttons, the kind you sew on clothes (if you want to torture me!!;)) - the smaller the worse! Plastic plates and cups...especially soft plastic...I can't explain, but just writing and thinging about this makes me want to rinse under my nails. Actually, I'm doing it.

...and on and on it goes. ;)

That being said, my hypersensitivity is far from always a bad thing.
Colours, textures, visual shapes (a leaf fluttering in the wind) the feel of some sorts of fur, the right sound or music can make me equally ecstatic sometimes.
That's probably some of the reason why I usually respond well to "weird" stuff like art therapy, dancing, some sorts of healing, musical therapy, I think.
I'm sure that at least for me, my hypersensitivity can be used in a constructive way if I just figure out the right way to go about it.

carissa_lee
07-23-09, 06:58 PM
Dang, I never really thought about this but yeah I do. I can't stand things around my neck or wrist, so I don't wear things like watches, bracelets, necklaces, turtlenecks, or anything tight around my neck. My neck is much worse than my wrists, anything tight around it like that I fidget and screw with it until I just give up and remove it. I have been given so many pretty necklaces I just can't wear and I feel so bad for it.

Same thing with textures, especially in foods. I can't eat certain textures of foods even if they smell or look good. I'll automatically gag, even at the thought of it. I can't eat things like apple pie and cottage cheese because of it. Recently I ate a piece of pizza that I didn't know had an artichoke on it and it was horrible, the texture of the cooked artichoke may be the worst thing I've ever eaten. It didn't even taste bad but the texture was disgusting, even thinking about it makes me gag.

I am claustrophobic too but only when it comes to people. Like in a crowded room or elevator it bothers me. I could be in a 5x5 box by myself and be fine, but stuff 2 other people in there and I would get lightheaded and my mood would do an instant 180.

And to crazycat1990 - I hate cobwebs too. I wont even go near them. I make other people get rid of them, or I'll use the long hose on a vacuum to get rid of them. Touching them makes my skin crawl.

Sounds don't seem to bother me, though. Except what I would consider probably usual things, like the whole fingernail on a chalkboard type sounds. The firecrackers "Whistling Pete's" or whatever, those are horrible. But I'm pretty sure most people hate those types of sound, or at least from what I've gathered anyway.

Have you ever accidentally gotten your fingernail caught on a chalkboard though? I remember when I was in elementary school and having to go to the board to write something on it and accidentally scratching a fingernail on it - I swear that feeling would resonate in that finger for hours on end. I would sit there and try and "shake" the feeling out of my hand, even though it never worked.


This is interesting, I've never thought about this before, I just assumed I was a little quirky lol.

Culdo
07-24-09, 11:00 AM
I'm sensitive to loud noises, crowds and general busy-ness around me, which makes me wonder when people say we're supposed to adapt better to an "ADD World"... Now, if everything was peaceful, I'd be the one to fill the silence with chaos, but I can't take too much going on around me (distractions, obviously). So that "ADD World Adaptation" theory might need a rethinking. How would we all feel when the earth's population doubles? We already know it's too hard to get anyone to listen to us (more on that in my "first-time visitors to support groups snag free therapy" essay).

I am sensitive to light, mostly fluorescent lighting and neon lighting because they're very "busy" lights. We have them all over the workplace here, and I used to get such a headache that I had to twist two of the three tubes over my seat so they'd go out. Someone just came down today and when I joked that I was crazy (over an e-card issue) they said, "Yeah, because you don't have any light." I said, "No, it's the other way around."

I am also very sensitive (and it's probably related) to electricity. I can feel the current from things like speakers, tvs, and monitors. As a kid, hanging out in an upstairs bedroom, I'd always know if someone downstairs turned on the TV. Not for the noise, but the feel.

I was at a friend's house and they turned the TV off, but I kept looking over and saying, "Is that still on?" They'd laugh and say it wasn't and that I was just being crazy (there were no lights on it or anything), but I kept feeling it and went up to it and just hit the power button for the hell of it, and ZOOFFffff....

...and they all bowed down in wonder to my superhuman powers.

Culdo
07-27-09, 09:43 PM
Ew ew ewwwwwww does anyone else get freaked out by holes?

Not before I read this! .....maaaaan..... :eek:

Seeker_Radon
08-16-09, 05:22 PM
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arrested_truth
08-16-09, 05:34 PM
THE STITCHED LINING IN SOCKS is what gets me everytime. I hate the feel of it.
Tags in shirts, of course.

doiadhd
08-16-09, 06:12 PM
I had seven from the poll.
When I think about it normally.I see them as individual problems,but just then remembering them in a gathering of problems/annoyances,it is eye opening,for want of better wording.

Dashieldog
08-16-09, 06:28 PM
OK. Heres mine. LOL. I am a vegetarian because meat grosses me out severely. I don't like to touch it to break the package up say if you by it in bulk. Don't get me wrong I don't eat it also for the fact that its an animal etc but one of the major motivating factors was texture and just too gross!! I also hate sneezing or when someone else sneezes it just irritates me for some unknown reason. oh well just thought I would share.

Dashieldog
08-16-09, 06:44 PM
Oh I almost forgot. Feathers. I hate feathers lol. I have chickens but if they are on the bird its ok. Its just if they are loose or on a duster of something like that they just give me the chills and flip me out if I touch them or go near them.I swear I can feel them later if I accidently touched them earlier on. How strange is that?

sortawicked
08-17-09, 05:56 PM
Other:
My eyes are really sensative.I cant stand sunlight thats shining too bright, (even if its overhead and not setting or rising)

or any kind of air blowing in them the air vents in the car drive me nuts and sometimes even the ceiling fan.

and If its too dim in a rom.

it makes my eyes water and hurt and the worst is when its really cold and windy out.I hate that.

Logic
09-21-09, 06:08 PM
Clothing, I have to tear/pull/cut the tags out of the majority of my stuff or it drives me nuts scratching on my skin all day. I'm always careful when I choose socks too, anything that has a large seam on it is a no-no.

Certain foods, but generally only when I get a texture or flavour that I wasn't expecting, such as finding a piece of celery or onion in my rice (at a restaurant or from a take-away) thus giving me an unexpected 'crunch' in something that should be crunch free...

Hearing is definitely sensitive, most 'background' noise can irritate me, I can remember being able to hear somebody using an oscilloscope in a science class in another corridor at school and the teacher telling me to 'stop being silly' and to take my fingers out of my ears, until she went to investigate as I wouldn't settle down - to discover that they were indeed using an oscilloscope through there. She was amazed that I could hear it so far away from where it was being used.

Tactile sensitivity has always been an issue, it has also affected my parents as I used to scream when they picked me up as a baby.
I hate being touched lightly, but I can stand a heavier contact for some reason (can't stand being tickled or having my skin stroked, but don't mind contact sports or heavy/deep pressure contact/holding).

Certain light bothers me; flourescent, the blue kind that they have in public restrooms sometimes, and anything that strobes.

Logic

equilibrium
09-28-09, 09:38 PM
I thought I didn't have too many until my partner and I started talking about them. I do have a lot but hardly any food texture issues.

There is a difference for me between a pet peeve and a hypersensitivity. I can tell my the reaction/reflex etc that I have.

Some of them are:
Vacuume and loud noises although if I am using the vacume it is better. Other people using them, drives me chilly.
Smell of toothpaste on people's breath (my partner) at night. I cannot give kisses after freshly brushed mouths-too sweet and minty. Yes, strange I know.
I find that at night I am more hypersensitive to noises (I can hear the smallest things), smells, touch (hate cuddling for the most part at night), tastes (hate strong toothpaste or other strong sweet taste).....
Nausea from the smell of lamb, taste of cilantro.
Cuddles, light touching---very hard. Have to pretend I enjoy it.

Stronger hugs okay sometimes, back rubs (not light touch).
Hate my watch on at night...like will try to sleep for two hours but can't strictly because of my watch feeling like its weighing me down...
sock lines, yuck.
hearing teeth cling when people eat
I know there are more....

PickMeUpRoadie
11-22-09, 12:06 PM
About the hearing, I can pick up really high pitches, I don't know where the sounds come from. I used to pretend I was the Bionic Woman.
I have the same thing, but with bass tones. I realized that I could physically hear down to about 12 Hz (in music terms that is a minor sixth below what the average human can hear which is alot in that range), and I often hear these very low vibrations in the air and get quite p*ssed because I usually can't do anything to get rid of them.

sans_serif
06-05-10, 04:23 PM
Sensitive to seeing things, smells. I notice every little detail on every little letter of almost every font. It's great because it's like I have a superpower (fontvision). I notice a lot of things visually, and they often bother me. Maybe that's why typography is good for me; I can see it all but in a small context.

equilibrium
06-06-10, 06:42 PM
cardboard. Can't be around it when someone is breaking it down, or for myself..trying ot squish it. Yuck. Makes me have goosebumps.Hate the sound, the feeling of the sound. ICK.

My arms on paper...like if I need to write on a piece of paper or something. Ugh, yuck. SHivers, goosebumps. Hate the feeling. Especially wrists area....

Barefeet after walking in sand. I can't do anything until they are cleaned and not that dirty dry feeling. Ew.

I can always hear things before others and they think I am hearing things....until they eventually hear it too.

Werl
06-08-10, 02:34 PM
Any sudden noises make me jump. Someone walks silently into the room and just says "hi" I'll jump out of my socks.

elmadresuperrior
06-15-10, 01:11 AM
hahahaaaaa ahhhh! i cannot STAND the sound of people eating. it makes me want to hit them. i cant write with pencil because the way graphite feels rubbing on the paper. the way velvet feels makes me nauseous. that little high pitched wine that electronics make when they're on... AHHh. i thought i was going crazy. it was actually searching for help with the hypersensitivity that i came across this forum and began talking to my doctor about the possibility of my childhood ADHD still being present as an adult

Werl
06-15-10, 01:16 AM
I just found that I have a new one, people dragging their feet when warring flipflops.

Kay.
07-30-10, 04:30 AM
This forum made me feel so much more 'normal'!

I'm still pretty hypersensitive but as a kid it was unbearable! I was not diagnosed with ADD until age 21, but my family and myself always thought there was 'something wrong with me'...

I must have had 1000 pairs of underwear per year (no exaggeration) and still I often had trouble leaving the house because they were 'crawling up my bum!' Socks bothered me especially with seams. It was difficult to get me to wear anything out of the 3? accepted outfits because everything was just too itchy.

As a kid I walked on my tip toes to avoid the sensation of carpet and flooring. Even now I often have a hard time getting comfortable because something just doesn't feel right (but less so now that I'm getting treatment..)

What do you guys think about the genetics of sensitivity (and ADD)?
It seems to run down my mothers side and I have 2 cousins that are tactile sensitive on that side, both of whom walk on their tip toes because of it. One in particular has fits and meltdowns like I did as a kid, over sound, touch, clothing, smell, etc. etc. They're trying to diagnose her but can't quite figure out what is going on...but I look at her and I just remember that feeling.. Thoughts?

manismom
09-25-10, 10:57 AM
[quote=andreaa000;22396]I have a cotton ball phobia. They squeak. I refuse to touch them. Just thinking of them makes my face pucker up. I also have to smell everything.

Did you know that the sticky side of scotch tape (only certain brands) smells like pineapple? My friends get a kick out of me because anytime there is a scent in the air, I can usually identify it or at least identify what it smells like.

Is anyone else really good at guessing voices? Like when you hear a commercial with just a voice or watch an animated film. I can always guess the celebrities voice.

OK Are you inside our house???

My Husband has a serious cotton ball phobia because he can't stand the texture/squeakiness. I really thought that he was the only person. He claims to have met other people who fear cotton balls, but I didn't really believe him :) His co-workers found out about this at an old job and filled his cube and desk with cotton balls. He was really mad!! He can take a joke, but it was too much!

I have also noticed that tape smells like pineapple. Although I don't purposely smell things (unless I am trying to choose shampoo, deoderant, etc.), the smells just find me. I cannot handle being stuck in a close space with someone who is wearing a perfume with chemicals. I'm OK with all-natural frangrances, but the chemical ones I can't handle (like Chanel #5). I will literally vomit if I am around a cigar for too long. If a skunk walks by our house in the middle of the night, it wakes me up and I can't go back to sleep until the smell is gone.

Then back to Husband who can ID a voice in no time flat. He could win a contest with this, he's so good. And he remembers the name, too. So freaky!

I never really thought of myself as being particularly sensitive, just particular and appreciative of the finer things in life (HAHAHAHA). Filet Mignon doesn't have those little unidentifiable bits in it like hamburger. Cashmere isn't itchy like acrylic. Boutique stores aren't crowded like Mall Stores.

I have got a freaky good palate and sniffer for someone who smoked for 15+ years. A lady once handed around pieces of chocolate with a "mystery ingredient". Not my favorite phrase, but I will try almost anything once, so I threw the whole piece in my mouth and chomped. In a room of about 30 people, I was the only one who identified the mystery ingredient as bacon. Yes, chocolate and bacon. I coudn't get the bacon taste out of my mouth for like 6 hours.

As I have gotten older, I've found I can handle these irritations better. I think I just tune them out. Or maybe as you get older, you start to be able to rationalize that the discomfort won't be forever.

Only thing that has gotten worse is sound sensitivity. When my kids start up that whining/crying thing (especially the shrill crying of "I didn't get my way"), it makes my head want to explode. I usually end up snapping, which isn't such a great discipline strategy. But when my younger daughter was a baby, she had colic and the sound of her crying would literally make me want to start screaming myself. The sound of colicky baby (along with several other major stressors) landed me in the hospital for a weekend. I coudn't understand how I could ever be a good mom if the sound of my child crying and in distress made me want to run away instead of comforting her. Still a little unsure about that. I do "feel her pain", but feel unable to respond in the loving way I would like.

manismom
10-01-10, 02:29 AM
I, too, say "Down with Celery!" (taste and stringy texture.) Also, the smell of cauliflower cooking has always made me gag.

And "silent" meals, too - eek- Please turn on the radio! And the worst is chewing and mouth breathing at the same time! (Whew.)

Almost all perfumes give me an instant headache! I have to hold my breath and run away if I accidently find myself in the perfume section of a store. I too, must gingerly smell every product I buy. And "fragrance free" is a lie.

Food textures - yeah. Anything with lots of textures mixed can be a problem. (Salsa, potato/egg/chicken.....salad, soup with greens...) And anything that's not the texture I expected from the look/smell of the food.

I mute almost all commercials on tv because they're too loud, and all amplification is pretty much painful. I've embarrased some of my friends by wearing ear plugs at movies or concerts or clubs.

Also electrical noise. There's some sort of adapter on the electrical cord to my keyboard (piano) that buzzes even when the keyboard is off. Drives me nuts, others don't seem to notice it. I was sitting in the dentist's waiting room the other day filling out paperwork when I heard the sound of a tooth being drilled. A sharp pain went through my mouth.

I have to sleep with a fan on and have since college, even in the dead of winter.

I'm never comfortable in my clothes! Any new shirt I buy must have a v-neck or be button-up. Waist bands on bottoms and underwear that don't match up are maddening. Sometimes I want to tear off a shirt if it suddenly feels too tight in the wrists or shoulders. But then I'm bothered if they're too big because the material bunches up.

And cold bothers me, especially humid-cold. On a day with high humidity and temps in the 70's, I feel like all my clothes are damp and I'm freezing. Everyone else is walking around in shorts saying it's hot, and I'm putting on socks and an extra shirt.

And yes, empathy. If someone is hurt, I instantly grab the part of my body on which they are hurt, as if it will keep me from getting hurt there or something. I can't stand anyone being bullied, I either get angry or tearfully sad, depending on how the person being bullied reacts.



Get out of my head. :)

mimi'sdreaming
10-01-10, 09:42 AM
My biggest thing (at this point in my life ) is cotton in my mouth at the dentist. I almost have a come apart and will gag if it's in there more than a couple of minutes! :eek:

As a child, I hated labels, dressy clothes, panty hose etc. As an adult (after college) I got over all those things.

My son has a strong sense of smell (from his dad) and sniffs food if it's new. He also hates labels and rough clothes.

I also wanted to add that I'm very particular when it comes to looking at someone's feet!

lorac
10-31-10, 08:14 PM
I can remember from an early age my Mom having to use cloth diapers because the plastic ones caused rashes and extreme discomfort. I can also remember at various times being super sensitive to "silent alarms" at banks, flickering lights (noise) and other sounds most people don't notice. I am also super sensitive to smells ie. perfumes, lotions, chicken, some foods, and other smells that people don't always notice. I just wondered how many others there are with this same/similar issue? I have been tested for allergies multiple times, hearing tests etc. Nothing comes up on those tests, which makes me think it is a brain/adhd issue. Does anyone else have any ideas??

manismom
11-01-10, 01:36 PM
I can remember from an early age my Mom having to use cloth diapers because the plastic ones caused rashes and extreme discomfort. I can also remember at various times being super sensitive to "silent alarms" at banks, flickering lights (noise) and other sounds most people don't notice. I am also super sensitive to smells ie. perfumes, lotions, chicken, some foods, and other smells that people don't always notice. I just wondered how many others there are with this same/similar issue? I have been tested for allergies multiple times, hearing tests etc. Nothing comes up on those tests, which makes me think it is a brain/adhd issue. Does anyone else have any ideas??

Lorac - My mom told me she used cloth diapers for me. She didn't mention why, but it was back in the 1970's and they were pretty poor, so it could have been a price issue. I have always had sensitive skin, though. Can't use deoderant type soaps, have to wash sheets and clothes before I wear them, I get a rash sometimes when the weather changes drastically.

I am also sensitive to noises (especially repetitive ones) although I can't recall ever "hearing" a silent alarm. Flourescent lights tend to bother me because I can see the flicker before most people notice it.

Smells are a biggie for me too. Most perfume makes me head-achy and nauseated. Chicken smells AWFUL when it cooks. And I am the first one to notice stinky feet and when the dog has rolled in something. If a skunk so much as walks past our house, the smell wakes me up. And don't get me started on public restrooms and porta-potties. My younger daughter LOVES these places for some reason and she's not quite old enough to go by herself. She would linger in the public bathroom for hours if I let her. Meanwhile, I've got my shirt pulled up over my nose, trying to hold back from throwing up. And worse is when there's air freshener in the bathroom. Ugh!

I think these kinds of things fall into the "Sensory Processing Issues" category. Raising my younger daughter taught me all about this stuff. There's a book called "The Out-of-Sync Child" that talks all about sensory processing and how your hearing, etc. tests can fall into normal ranges but still cause issues because of how your brain processes the information.

LaVieEnRose
11-01-10, 09:14 PM
The only other one I don't see here that applies to me is light sensitivity. I've actually been reading online that eye doctors can special order "prosthetic" contact lenses that act as sunglasses! I'm ready to get some today! Except that I'm worried the sensation of wearing contacts would bother me. I'm going to talk to mine about them. Anybody tried these?

I just really wonder if I have Sensory Processing Disorder on top of ADHD.

The only other thing is I have a lot of food/med allergies. I don't know if that's really ADHD/Sensory Processing Disorder related. It seems like it would be more of an immunological problem. It seems hard to decipher what's what!

ADDisme2010
11-01-10, 09:20 PM
Sensitive to fluorescent lighting, Hate lace touching me, hate the sound of styrofoam rubbing against styrofoam.

Also have multiple food / drug allergies...but also have auto-immune conditions.

fracturedstory
11-09-10, 01:03 AM
I ticked every box except for other. Uh oh.

Sensory problems really irritate me.

As a kid I hated strong flavor foods like salt n vinegar chips. It stung my mouth! I hated stewed apples but liked raw apples. I hated and still do hate onions. They make me gag. However I always had dirty and sticky hands.

Now I can't tolerate dirty or sticky hands. I cringe if my hands are dry. I have dermatitis and eczema so they usually are. So I put a tiny bit of emu oil on them so I don't leave to much cream on because that can also irritate me. I'm also allergic to every cream except for sorbolene, emu oil and gels like aloe vera or Pau Pau ointment. But I just use sorbolene and and emu oil to be safe. Even aloe vera can sting my skin.

I have an ongoing war with shirt tags. I hate when they put tags inside the shirt on the lower left side. I used to wear tight cardigans, jeans and more thin girly clothes but they itched me too much. Stockings feel like knives on my legs. I don't care who calls me a lesbian but I'm never wearing a dress again. Not only do I feel really awkward in them they too itch me.

I can't wear sockets or tight socks. I love wearing loose clothes but I try to make them not look sloppy. My glasses frames sometimes annoy me but I have to wear them because I'm hypersensitive to light which means with them off my eyes will sting and I keep thinking they're going to burst. I used to get away with watching TV without them on but noooooo...we had to go and get a digital HD TV. Don't get me started on 3D Movie screens.

I still can't take big flavors. Sweet chili is too hot for me. Sometimes I can prepare myself for it but usually I just eat handfuls of plain white rice or scoop yogurt into my bowl. It's an Indian thing. I can't even hold rye bread in my mouth. It's horrible. Gluten free food is especially disgusting.

My sound sensitivity has become considerably worse since I acquired tinnitus after I wore earplugs to bed and one got lodged in there. I was having difficulty sleeping and I thought background noise was the problem. It wasn't. And I have hyperacusis which makes me really confused about where sound is coming from. I used to think people were breaking into the house when they were just across the road.
A particularly painful experience was when I was playing Nintendo with my sister and her friend and they just decided to eat chips. So for 20 minutes I sat there in a silent pain. Ticking clocks are also not allowed in my bedroom. And I got irritated with my mum when she decided to watch YouTube videos as soon as I decided to go to bed.

The worst part is my visual hypersensitivity. Temple Grandin talks about people on the autism spectrum having this problem and I am quite autistic. Anyway, I get overwhelmed by seeing a lot at once; a menu in a restaurant with all that text, TV's in an electronics store, crowds and strobe lights.

I'm a band photographer so crowds and flashing stage lights are my Kryptonite. I have really severe meltdowns around strobe lights and get close to it during intense flashing lights. I've been seeing a lot of green laser shows around too. And I get upset that it doesn't bother anyone else inside the venue. Fluorescent lighting gives me severe headaches too.

I also find it difficult to cross roads because I don't know how fast a car is going and how much time I have to cross. When people cross with barely looking to consider the cars I call them fearless and I shout at them that I'm crossing at the lights. They always cross from wherever and walk in between traffic. Fearless. Or maybe just stupid.

I also have motor and speech problems and problems with transitioning to one activity to the other.

Sorry for the long post but this stuff has really been getting to me.

Velvetdragon
12-02-10, 06:21 AM
Wow, I checked everything in the poll. *lol* And they're all to the point of "interfering with my life", not just passing annoyances.

I have some pretty severe hypersensitivity and sensory defensiveness.

When I was a little kid I drove my mom nuts -- I'd change my clothes seven or more times a day because the clothing would get uncomfortable. My mom hated how much laundry it ended up making her do! I refused to wear anything except specific items of clothing because seams and tags and scratchy fabric bothered me so much.

I still have major issues with clothing. I love pretty clothes, but most of the time I can't wear them. Some days are better than others. I have several shirts that some days I can wear them and some days I can't. On bad days I put them on and it HURTS all over. It's like fire against my skin.

I wear PJ pants and other soft, loose flannel clothing most of the time. I've never really been able to wear clothes that are rough, stiff, or tight, like jeans.

I can't stand if clothing is damp and against my skin.

I have sensitivity to food textures and tastes. I stopped eating meat when I was very young because of the mix of textures in it (chewy, squishy, gristley, whatever). Foods like mushrooms and eggplant and cooked zucchini I can't handle because it's slimy. I can taste all the differences in flavor in different kinds of sweeteners (natural and artificial) and can't stand most of them. I usually only like light agave syrup. Stevia, honeybush and rooibos (red "tea") leave a weird feeling in my mouth I can't even seem to describe to people. I get horrible aftertastes with artificial sweeteners.

The weirdest one is that I can't stand the taste of water. Anyone else have that? It actually makes me gag.

No one -- absolutely no one, not even myself -- is allowed to touch my feet. Any skin-on-skin contact on them makes me scream. They can't even touch each other or my opposite leg. It's like how nails on a chalkboard "feels". I wash my feet with a washcloth or shower puff and sometimes even that makes me feel horrible. Unexpected touches by pretty much anything will make me yelp, all touching of my feet by anything has to be deliberate and firm. I put on my socks and shoes without EVER touching my feet with my hands.

Skin-on-skin on other parts of my body can be very bad as well. If my husband has dry skin, it can make me want to cry if he touches my hands or arm. It's like fire.

I'm very sensitive to touch on my body in general. Some days I can't handle any, some days I can handle more than others. In general, firm deliberate touches are better than light brushing.

Certain fabrics bother me. If they "catch" in any way on my skin, I tend to freak out. However, on the flip side of that, when there is a sensation I really like, I loooove touching it.

Smells can definitely set me off. I seem to notice smells more and be more bothered by them than other people. Or at least I'm the one who points them out and says they're bothering me!

Lights and sounds can make me very defensive as well, I got it all going on. Haha. Certain colors of lights bother me more than others. There's a light in the bedroom that flickers that makes me feel sick unless the room has other lights on to diffuse it. I have a "dark room" with "theater" (black out) curtains. I turn my alarm clock face down so that the light from the numbers won't bother me.

I seem to involuntarily react by covering my ears more often than other people around me do. Do I just have lower willpower? I don't know. Heh. But high pitched or screechy noises make me whimper and leave or cover my ears, and it hurts for a long time after the sound ends. It's definitely not a function of "excellent" hearing. Other people can hear what I hear, they just tune it out or it doesn't bother them as much. One thing that REALLY bothers me and makes me cringe is whispering. I can't STAND it. It makes my eardrum feel funny, I swear. I don't know how to describe it.

I have very poor temperature regulation. I get heat exhaustion several times a year, and I don't live in a very hot place. More than once I've been found wandering around in the sun in total confusion. Heh. I had to be led to the shade and taken care of with electrolytes and liquids. Heat makes me panic, because I feel like I'm dying. I can't breathe, and I feel like my body is shutting down. I have a very clear limit where I start having trouble functioning normally, from 75 to 80 degrees. Over 80 I feel very ill. I know it's just me having trouble coping with the normal body sensations of being hot.

In the cold I shiver VIOLENTLY. It doesn't even have to be that cold. My teeth chatter. People always react to this as if I'm some poor little urchin shivering in the streets. *lol* They pile coats on me, ask me if I'm okay, and so on. I've been this way my whole life. My hands turn red at a seemingly mild temperature compared to other people and get stiff and its hard to do anything. Being cold, even though I have a very physical reaction, doesn't bother me like being hot does.

And I'm definitely claustrophobic... not in the sense that being in an elevator or closet would bother me, but being restrained really bugs me. Often, it's just something leaning against or touching me that makes me feel panicky. For example, lying in bed, if my husband's arm, pillow or body is touching my back, I feel like I can't breathe, and end up having to sleep on the couch.

Sorry for the novel. This is just a huge part of my life. I have no idea if it's related to my ADD, but it's definitely a huge part of my life that makes functioning difficult sometimes.

manismom
12-02-10, 07:29 PM
Holy Crap Velvet Dragon!

I thought I was the only person in the world that hates the taste of water. I can drink filtered water if I have to, but well water and tap water gross me out. Filtered water has a very mild chalky flavor to me. Tap water tastes like sucking on a ball of aluminum foil.

I don't know if you would call it claustrophobia, but I hate being in large, tight crowds of people. I went to Disney World with my family and we left the park one night at closing time and got stuck in this HUGE crowd of people that were grid-locked. Strangers touching me on all sides and people's weird body odors and I'm 5'1", so I'm looking at lots of arm pits. I couldn't see where I was going, I couldn't walk or move. I was afraid that if I started to scream and push people out of my way, I would start a panic and end up getting myself or family trampled. It was awful.

Velvetdragon
12-02-10, 07:45 PM
I've never met anyone else who couldn't drink water either! People really can't understand when I say I don't like the taste of water. It's either bitter, or metallic, or otherwise very strong tasting to me, depending on the source. A lot of bottled waters taste salty or baking soda-y or whatever. Icky. Supposedly we have "wonderful" tap water here, but it's still nasty to me. Heh.

I also have major issues with crowds. Part of it is my agoraphobia, but I also can't STAND being touched by strangers, and BO freaks me out. Heh. (There have been several instances in class where a fellow student would have bad BO, and I would avoid them like the plague for hours, even if it meant not getting my work done.) The situation you described gives me major goosebumps and shuddering and I am not even there.

manismom
12-02-10, 09:44 PM
A sister in weirdness. Ha!

I was thinking about this thread as I was making my drink for dinner. Crystal Light Lemonade. The sweetener may be artificial (which is yuck, but I do get used to it), but the flavorings are real. I don't like to drink it if it isn't at least a little bit sweet, but I'm trying to cut back on sugar.

nomannomad
12-10-10, 06:01 AM
My biggest is actually visual hypersensitivity. I do much better in life if I have an uncluttered retreat, I grew up in large overly detailed house that I absolutely hated. I do like visual stimulation, things like art and nature and even cities, but I require a refugee for calming.

fracturedstory
12-10-10, 07:17 AM
I can't stand the taste of water too. I can tell the difference between tap water in my town and Sydney water. I'm pretty certain Sydney water is radioactive. Kidding. But it is terrible.

My sensory sensitivity is far worse than before. I shut off to people because of the noises and visual stimuli. Also lights and temperature can make me worse. Even light hitting an object can be too much.

Igby
12-25-10, 07:02 AM
Err, hi. I'm new. OK, obligatory, perfunctory introduction over! Please forgive me as this will be quite long...

I LOATHE the sound/feeling of cotton balls. I hate to hear them rubbed together, I hate to touch them. Touching them makes my teeth hurt and makes me want to bite them for some highly disturbing (in my opinion) reason.

One word: Styrofoam. The sound...the feel. I have had massive freak outs over the sound of that stuff. Can't take it.

Chairs being scraped on certain surfaces. Kill it with fire.

I do not like the feeling of chalk and I also feel the need to put it in my mouth. Touching things...gives me an idea of how they will feel in my mouth (i am a near constant chewer as is evident by the holes/frayed bits on my shirt collars and sleeves). For whatever reason, touching something that bothers me makes me want to try chewing it despite the fact that I am already certain that to do so would unleash a thousand unspeakable horrors unto my senses. Regardless of this fact, I still tried chalk and I nearly cried. I do not advise biting chalk. It produces a sensation akin to hearing nails dragged across a chalkboard.

I do not like the feeling of chalk boards. I also feel the need to bite THEM after my fingers touch them.

I cannot stand the feel of naked crayons. It makes me gag.

Death to all tags on the insides of clothing and seams sewn into socks.

I do not like to hear people chew mushy things. I can handle crunchy. Crunchy sounds, I find mildly amusing. I do not like to hear people drink. I hate slurping sounds. I hate hearing other people grind their teeth. I hate hearing MYSELF grind my teeth (but I can't seem to stop.). I DO NOT LIKE TO HEAR PEOPLE BREATHE LOUDLY OVER THE PHONE/SKYPE. I do not like the s sound. At all. Sentences containing too many s's make me want to scream.

I don't like the sound of certain fabrics being touched. It does my head in.

I cannot stand the feeling of the insides of certain sinks and bath tubs. I accidentally allow my nails to graze them and it sends a shiver down my spine and an awful pain through my teeth (akin to the feeling of chewing CHALK).

Fluorescent lights should be outlawed. They flicker, they buzz, they MOAN. That high pitched sound emitted by televisions and computers needs to be done away with ASAP. I can hear every television in my home....from outside. That high pitched whine makes me batty. And on the subject of high pitched whines...the people that came up with the Mosquito ringtones need to be hanged by their toenails and forced to watch sex and the city ad nauseam.

Bright lights give me a migraine and make the words move when I read. I have to wear sunglasses when it is sunny, when it rains, at night to keep from being blinded by head lights and people that don't know to turn off their freaking bright lights when then get close to another car. I keep the brightness on my computer at 0 and the contrast on 45. And it is still too bright. White paper blinds me. Yellow paper blinds me. Blue paper freaking BLINDS me. :mad:

I have virtually no sense of smell (thank you various allergies) but seafood and foods being fried still manages to give me massive migraines. I cannot smell it. But I can FEEL it (which makes no sense to me whatsoever. anyone that can explain this...please feel free to do so). It is like this dull pulse in the back of my eyes. I get it as soon as seafood comes into the house and as soon as whatever is being used to fry the food gets hot.

I do not like to be touched unless I know to expect it. I only like hugs that are tight enough to crack my spine. I like massages that others find painful. I have a thing for deep pressure. I used to lie under my mattress to feel calm. I liked the heaviness.

I have no issues with the tastes of things. My issues lie with the texture. Certain textures make me gag, spit, and/or vomit. I don't know why. I try my best to be polite and deal with it when I am trying something new for my mother or when I am out. Slimy things are the worst. Boiled okra (it's like trying to eat snot). runny eggs, etc. I also do not like for my food to touch. I am not into mixing textures. Period.

GOOD THINGS, AKA The Bright Side:
I can spin for hours and hours and not get dizzy. So...yay. =]
I have "perfect pitch".
Obsessive attention to detail makes for good sketches.

I think I will trail off here. I must sound like an absolute nightmare. Happy holidays.

QueenTitania
01-31-11, 07:32 PM
I may have had a few of these at various times when I was younger I'm unsure I've caried many to be an adult though if I ever had many of them.

I 'develop' hypersensitivity to things though in particular moments. Any sort of noise in a certain situation can start irritating to me to point when I physically can't stand it and I might figit a lot more. It depends on the situation though, it won't neccessarily bother me but if I start focusing on it and letting it dominate my thoughts it does.

The only things I am always sensitive to is general noise I cannot stand loud tv's. It's fine for the most part if I am watching the tv - though if I'm watching on my own I'd probably choose a lesser volume. But in a group of people watching and it's loud - whatever I don't care as long as if I'm part of the group. If I am not the one watching it it drives me to the point of madness. I have gotten in so many arguments with my mother for this as her hearing is not as good as mine obviously and she likes her tv loud - also she likes it loud because she often smokes in her room and leaves the window open(we live on a relatively busy street so the cars make a lot of noise) combine that with the fact she keeps her fan on to help the smoke go out the window. So when she has all these noises going, naturally her tv needs to be louder so she can hear it. But it's SO lound and I cannot concentrate on anything else. It doesn't even matter if I don't need to be doing something that requires silence/minimal noise like, working on things or sleeping. I cannot stand it. No where in the house can I escape the noise because you can hear it from every room, including the basement. The house is three floors but it's very small and compact. I have been driven to the point of tears because of it and she doesn't understand it and used to get so angry at me for telling her to turn it down.

THANK GOD though, this dilemma for the most part has passed, as she doesn't smoke in her room anymore and she doesn't use the fan much anymore - and she now hardly ever watches tv as she watches everything online and often uses ear phones. Even without the ear phones, volume of a laptop is much more bearable than a blasting tv.

Another thing I cannot stand though is listening to conversations I'm not apart of. Not so much in a public place or out and about. But at home. I despise having to listen to others phone calls - well for the most part. Actually it's my mother who this bothers me as she often just sits wherever the heck she wants and blabs and blabs and blabs at a loud volume and it drives me nuts. I also can't stand when my mother has friends over and all you can hear is them talking and talking. Funny it's my mother who is the cause of all this. My sister doesn't bother me so much for various reasons.

Because I guess I don't do that stuff myself. I'm a total freak but I'm very private about my personal things. If I watch tv, it's personal - I only need to hear it and others don't need to hear it. I don't listen to music out loud unless at a low volume unless I am home alone. I don't get why I'd blast music when others can hear it? If I talk on the phone unless it's a general, quick conversation, I go somewhere private, like my room or something and talk at a normal volume. I don't like the idea of others being apart of 'me' stuff. My tv, my music, my conversations. No one else really needs to hear them!? I do have a bit of remedy to external noises I can't stand though, if there is noise in the house I can't control I blast my fan. I can stand noise I make myself but not external noises. I can sleep with a fan blasting at it's highest setting. I could fall asleep to my own tv probably or even my own music but not someone else's.

This actually makes things quite difficult because others aren't like this. Other people for whatever reason just tend not to care if others walk all over their personal space, some people have little need for personal space. I DO. I go insane when I don't have control over my own personal space. It's NOT OCD or anything like that. I don't care if someone touches my things(within reason) or leaves a top on the floor or whatever. I just need my space. Although I couldn't bear to live with a person who was a total slob either. Actually I have an anxiety of going away to school because I'm not sure how I'd cope with living with other people where I can't really control my surroundings?

I'm incredibly sensitive to touch, especially around my waist. I can barely stand to be touched there it's so sensitive. So basically conga lines and me don't mix so well. I have done them, and I can do them but I need to really take a minute to get used to someone touching me at my waist before I can handle it. I can allow it but don't be too shocked if I jump away in reflex the first try.

I'm not entirely sure if I am overly sensitive to touch in other areas though?

OH I can think of something. I used to despise chalk - not writing with it or even touching it but the leftovers on my hands disgusted me for some reason and I could never stand to not wash my hands immediately after using it.

Oh Ok so another thing. I like 'chewing' things, like pens and rubber things. It's pretty mental and I don't know why I like doing it so much. It makes me feel kind of juvenile. I don't really do it so much anymore but I do find myself enjoying chewing things still at times.

PixiePlumber
01-31-11, 07:49 PM
It's nice to know I'm not a freak here :)

I have some kinda problem with certain pitches of noises. For example. I live next door to a guy who plays the electric guitar. I can put up with the actual sound but the bass is enough to make me climb walls and cry. I don't mind my own music having bass... sometimes.... but someone else's which vibrates the walls....ugh.

And fortunately he's stopped drumming his fingers on the edge of the desk... enough to make me wanna rip his hands off. Really!


And yes, I also have an oversensitivity to food textures. A lot of things I don't like the taste of, like jam and other very sweet fruity things for no reason. Tomatoes are a good example I saw mentioned a long time ago, I love the taste of tomato in sauce, but a piece of tomato makes me gag.

Although my pickiness and fussiness of all food has started to turn into a full blown food anxiety. I nearly cried because my freaking flatmate (I don't think it was the one I talk about all the time though...) had left peas and sweetcorn in the sink. Cooked peas and sweetcorn drive me insane, everything about them. I can't pick up jars of certain things because they might be open and might have stuff dripping on them. Mayonnaise and salsa are examples...

I also hate bad smells but will seek out good ones, not sure that really counts though so I didn't tick it.

Although I will seek out things that feel different. Food is not one of them but I will touch stuff. Something that feels silky or soft will keep me quiet for hours. I used to stroke eyelashes and hair on people compulsively as a young kid. I have a furry blanket I got for christmas and stroking that calms me down a lot :)

Yet you know when you run your teeth up a metal pen cap (or other things in the region of nails down a chalkboard) it makes me shudder but I can't stop doing it over and over. The feel of hands after washing them with a bar of soap... sends shivers down my spine but I keep feeling them...


So annoying. If I could get rid of that food thing or that hearing thing it would be nice :/

Fortune
02-13-11, 04:57 AM
Oh, let's see:

Vision: I am sensitive to bright lights - I don't go outside during the day or even into most businesses without sunglasses on. Fluorescent lights are more painful than incandescent, as well.

I can't stand loud noises. But sometimes, someone talking at a normal volume near me is not just distracting but also occasionally painful. This is actually variable from day to day, too. Crowds are difficult. Loud conversation nearby is difficult, even if it's a few people.

I also have a lot of trouble with soft sounds like chewing and slurping and other noises people make with their mouths and noses. It drives me nuts to hear people coughing or sniffling or whatever. To deal with my noise issues in general, I run fans in my bedroom to generate a kind of white noise-ish effect that drowns out many things (except the loudest noises).

Perfume, cologne, and cigarette smoke practically shut down my breathing. I choke on these things and look for fresh air asap. I tend to get frustrated and lose my composure when this happens, too. I also can't stand the cleaning aisle in grocery stores. The smell is like a wall.

Clothing tags actually bite me, or so it feels like. I've been grateful that my new clothes lately don't actually have tags (although I'd just cut them out, so it doesn't matter). Soft touches are really annoying, and if I've been getting a lot of sensory problems from other senses, it can get so that they're actually painful (this doesn't happen often, thankfully).

Actually, all my senses become more sensitive if I've been overstimulated - sometimes it's enough that even the dim lamp in my bedroom hurts my eyes.

I also have issues with people moving around near me, such that it drives up my stress and frustration level. And I also find that pressure helps ease some of my anxiety/stress from sensory problems.

I've known I had sensory problems for a long time (I especially remember cigarette smoke being a significant problem when I was very young) and I never really thought of them as exceptionally bad until I finally talked to my therapist, and she suggested they might actually be severe. Apparently, most people don't get severely stressed by sound, light, and other people while trying to shop, sometimes to the point of simply leaving the store in utter frustration, anxiety, and anger without buying anything. Who knew?

(reposted some of this from someone else's welcome thread)

ljay85
07-20-11, 01:18 AM
Sight: flickering fluorescent lights and computer monitors. Strobe lights, but only when "in" them, not viewed from outside/afar. Can't watch TV in the dark, seem to react worse to camera flashes and fireworks, and stepping out of the mall into the parking lot on a sunny day.

Touch: microfiber/suede type synthetic fabric on blankets and jackets mostly I've seen. If my hands are not moisturized thoroughly, paper and eggshell paint finish are complete overload. If moisturized, it's better. Lips need constant chap-stick layers (mostly because I chew a fingernail and rub a bit off and it has to be re-applied)

Smell: I've noticed it mostly in hand-lotions, but it smells like industrial chemicals and poisons me instantly. It makes my head hurt at the first inhale, and lasts about 20 seconds per inhale (stacks, but I quickly change to mouth-breathing). Once it was so bad, my fingernails and teeth throbbed. The intended scent of that instance was country apple. Most perfumes give me headaches, as does marijuana smoke. Old cigarette smell is less bad, I have no problem with second hand.

Digestion: any non-natural food ingredient (which is shorter than listing all the crap they put in food), my stomach will read as chemical, and react no better than the time I got turpentine on my hands and chewed on my fingers. Ugh. I burp up raw veggie tastes up to 18 hours (so far) after eating.

Food in mouth: I don't like varying textures. Examples: Chicken and fettuccine Alfredo. Love all 3 ingredients, but can't handle meat fiber with noodle texture, and creamy sauce. Chicken has to be separate from noodles. #2, watermelon: appears solid, falls apart in mouth, surprises with hard seeds. I typically cut and wash the seeds/liquid from tomatoes before eating too.

Hearing: only hyper chatter of children. It revs me up to their energy level, but in a completely negative way and I want to break something. I will pace and disconnect from other stimuli. Otherwise I like kids, and don't have the same problem with the crying. I would say physical hyperactivity in anyone can rub me the wrong way very easily.

Other: I can tell when an electronic device is receiving power when others' can't. The television at my parents' house would be blank but on and I would have to stop any conversation, get up, and turn the power off because it was overwhelming distracting. I classified it as hearing, but maybe my arm hairs felt it.