I have disliked noise for as long as I can remember, but as I have got older it has got worse to the point where I find it difficult to be with people. I am naturally a bubbly person, but of recent times I have become more withdrawn and want to be on my own. To read other people’s stories is of great comfort, because as much as you may have the most loving family, I don’t think people truly understand unless they have experienced it.
Hey Laura, totally agree, there are some great stories on there. It’s great to know that we’re not alone.
I just want to add some counterbalance on the age/misophonia issue – as this has come up a couple of times recently.
My own personal experience is that my misophonia hasn’t worsened with age and that it has more or less stayed the same, but with peaks and troughs which can sometimes last weeks or months.
For me those peaks and troughs almost always seem to be related to one of two things:
1) Stress levels (how much work I have on and how things are going with my relationships)
2) My environment (i.e. have the sounds in my day to day increased/decreased recently?)
As an overarching theme, and an addition to the above, is that I’ve found learning more about misophonia and reading about neuroscience and the brain has really helped me improve the way I can cope in the day to day.