This is the #16 edition of our My Misophonia Story series. This week features Zofia (16) from the UK. Each week we’ll feature a new reader story, so if you’d like to share yours, please drop us a line. Zofia, take it away…
Where are you from?
Currently living in Manchester, England
What do you do for a living?
I’m still a student but I do work in a café part time
What are you passionate about / what are your hobbies?
I love drawing and painting and pretty much anything to do with art. I also love music and movies.
How old were you when you first realised you had an issue with certain sounds?
I think I was quite young, must have been about 6-7?
When did you first find out it was called misophonia?
Couple of years ago
What are your 3 biggest triggers?
Mouth sounds, whistling, whispering
Do you have any other sensory quirks?
I hate seeing people shake their legs under tables, looking at people chewing and repetitive movement
Have you told other people about your misophonia and if so what was their reaction?
My parents know and they’re both thoughtful when it comes to eating, however my mum has used this against me in arguments before.
What’s your funniest/most ridiculous misophonia-related moment?
I don’t really have funny moments but I did discover that one of my friends also has it and we ended up laughing about it
What helps you to cope with your misophonia?
When hearing trigger sounds I try to leave the room. I also put earphones in all the time.
What are you misophonic superpowers?
I really wish I had some but I haven’t found any yet.
What’s the single most useful piece of misophonia related advice you’ve learnt?
I heard that when people are chewing gum it’s helpful to also chew gum as if you’re mocking them and that was honestly pretty helpful.
What’s your very best life hack?
Camomile tea works wonders when you’re skin is breaking out.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with your fellow misophones?
I know it’s hard when people don’t understand what you’re going through and it’s disappointing seeing the lack of treatment, however more and more things are being discovered about misophonia so don’t give up. Remember that you’re not the person misophonia makes you be when you hear triggers.
And finally! The quick fire round…
Favourite place you’ve visited:
Can’t pick a favourite but definitely something from arctic monkeys’ whatever people say I am that’s what I’m not album
Fight Club which I read recently
Favourite work of art:
The Kiss by Gustav Klimt
5 things you couldn’t live without:
Art, Mexican food, orange colour, French movies and fun socks