M.Erfanian, J.JoBrout, A.Keshavarz

Maastricht University, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, Maastricht, The Netherlands, International Misophonia Research Network, Sensory Processing Disorder, New York, USA, Azad University, Psychology, Torbat-e-Jam, Iran

Summary: “Misophonia is characterized by aversive reactivity to repetitive and pattern based auditory stimuli [1]. Misophonic sufferers demonstrate autonomic nervous system arousal, accompanied by heightened emotional distress… Some studies have found comorbidity with psychiatric disorders. However, most of these studies used small samples and few experimental methodologies…

This study identifies the possible relationship between misophonia and affective disorders, and any difference between the severity of misophonia in male and female patients… Among n = 50 misophonic patients, we found major depression (MDD) = 11, melancholic depression = 5, dysthymia = 11, suicidality = 10, manic = 3, panic disorder = 8, agoraphobia = , social phobia = , obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) = 14, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) = 15… There was an indication of a significant difference between men and women in severity of misophonia…

The presence of these varying affective disorders suggests that the sufferers are at high risk for affective disorders. Investigation of the co-morbidity will assist researchers to better understand the nature of the symptoms and how they may be interacting.”

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