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    adrian

    one of my biggest misophonia triggers is lip smacking/chewing in general. i cannot stand the sound. everytime i hear it it makes me twitch and start shaking. i find it absolutely disgusting and i even start crying occasionally. it doesn’t help that everyone i live with eats loudly. i have to go to a different room or even outside the house when they’re eating. recently it’s been making me violent. i can’t help it. everytime i hear one of my trigger sounds i feel the urge to hit the person making it, and sometimes i can’t control the urge. a few months ago i hit my brother because he made a purposefully loud sound to annoy me. i’m pretty sure my family strongly dislikes me because of how i react to it. i have no where to escape the sound, i feel trapped. i tell my parents constantly to try and chew with their mouth closed or at least buy me some ear plugs. they just tell me to ignore it and that i’m overreacting. what can i do??

    #4053 Reply

    Hi Adrian, I’m so sorry to hear what you’re going through.

    Have you tried discussing what misophonia is with your parents (the science behind it, the research etc) and sharing articles with them to help them understand the condition?

    From my own experience, people tend to get very defensive and upset if they’re told not to do something (e.g. told not to eat a certain way), especially when they feel they’re not doing anything wrong.

    However, if they understand that you’re suffering from a neurological disorder and that this directly affects you, they’re more likely to be able to help.

    #4083 Reply
    Adrian

    i’ve attempted to discuss it with them, but they tell me that i’m just uptight, and they don’t think that it’s even a real condition. i’ve told them repeatedly and kindly to try to eat quietly but i’m ignored, or told i overreact…

    #4106 Reply

    Hi Adrian,

    That’s really great you’ve tried to discuss it with them yourself, but have you also tried giving them some outside information and research that they can look at? I think this could really help them to gain some understanding.

    For most people our condition must seem extremely odd and sound almost made up. It would be a bit like a friend coming up to you and saying “I’m allergic to the colour blue, please stop wearing jeans”.

    You could try giving them links to websites such as this one, or Misophonia International where they can read about the condition in their own time.

    I’m not sure which country you’re based in, but the BBC is a very reputable source here in the UK (where I live) and even they have been reporting on the neurological basis for misophonia. You can see an article here:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38842561

    I’ve also included some articles from this site below, which I hope you mind find useful:

    https://www.allergictosound.com/articles/should-you-tell-friends-and-family-that-you-have-misophonia/

    https://www.allergictosound.com/articles/help-non-misophonia-suffering-partner-deal-with-misophonia/

    https://www.allergictosound.com/articles/where-to-find-the-best-online-misophonia-support-groups/

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