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View Poll Results: Choose all that apply: any of the stimuli listed below too much for you?
Sensitivity to clothing (elastic, tags, etc.) 283 57.64%
Sensitivity to food textures 193 39.31%
Sensitive skin (slimy, to describe smooth surfaces, etc.) 182 37.07%
Sensitive to heat/cold 270 54.99%
Sensitive hearing/to certain noises 396 80.65%
Sensitivity to being touched 314 63.95%
Claustrophobia 156 31.77%
Sensitive to certain smells 262 53.36%
Other (please post your Other stimulus below) 76 15.48%
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Talking ADHD and Hypersensitivity (for the 2nd time)

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.

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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?
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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.
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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?!
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Re: ADHD and Hypersensitivity (for the 2nd time)

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.
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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.
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No. you don't sound terrible.

You sound too wired direct.

I think that happens in ADHD too.
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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.
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Kassie! NO!! You don't sound terrible! You sound NORMAL to me!
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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.
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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 )
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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....
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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
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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!!!

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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....

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