This is the #17 edition of our My Misophonia Story series. This week features Rhia (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. Rhia, take it away…
Where are you from?
What do you do for a living?
Sales assistant in retail
What are you passionate about / what are your hobbies?
Photography and making YouTube videos 🙂
How old were you when you first realised you had an issue with certain sounds?
When did you first find out it was called misophonia?
What are your 3 biggest triggers?
Controller/remotes, eating and chewing, and breathing/coughing/sniffing
Do you have any other sensory quirks?
Bad smells are never good
Have you told other people about your misophonia and if so what was their reaction?
I’ve told my family but not my friends, but my family are not really supportive and don’t understand it.
What’s your funniest/most ridiculous misophonia-related moment?
I wouldn’t say there is ever a time when I can make my condition funny, but I was distracted in my recent maths final exam and I had to report it.
What helps you to cope with your misophonia?
Listening to the sounds of rain and thunder (you can download these online) helps distract any of my trigger noises.
Listening to music.
Moving myself away from the trigger sound to give myself some headspace.
Explaining my condition to someone who may be the cause of the trigger sound.
What are you misophonic superpowers?
I wouldn’t say it’s a superpower but my misophonia has made me pay more attention to the little things in life, which makes me present more gratitude to small things.
What’s the single most useful piece of misophonia related advice you’ve learnt?
There are ways to deal with it, and you are not the only person in the world who is suffering! It gave me so much more peace of mind.
What’s your very best life hack?
Put a water bottle in a freezer and once frozen, place it in front of a fan to cool you down on hot days (this blows cold air into the room).
Is there anything else you’d like to share with your fellow misophones?
Last year I was housebound for a month because of my anxiety and depression.
And finally! The quick fire round…
Favourite place you’ve visited:
London, it’s such a beautiful city!
Anything Kanye West!
The Hunger Games
Favourite work of art:
It sounds materialistic but my photography final piece for my exam!
5 things you couldn’t live without:
My friends, my grandparents, my memories, my music, and my photography work