One of the most extraordinary things about misophonia is just how little we know about it.
While it’s now a recognised disorder in many places it’s still massively underfunded, under-researched and misunderstood.
The current lack of regulation has made misophonia a prime target for abuse – both intentional and otherwise – by an army of quacks, ‘have-a-go’ gurus and self-proclaimed experts.
Do some online research and you’ll find everything from hypnotherapy treatments and exposure therapy apps, to flat out ‘cures’.
Right now a lot of people are jumping on the bandwagon in the pursuit of financial gain, recognition and goodness knows what else.
Please do not waste your time or money on any of these so-called cures.
I hate to be the finger wagging harbinger of doom, but the truth is none of these techniques are properly tested in controlled environments by impartial observers under agreed conditions.
But if these techniques work, who cares, right?
I set up this website to help others to understand misophonia. To find ways to cope with and live with the condition.
If I had personally found that any of these techniques were a) safe and b) worked, I would be the first to let you know.
I would say: “Hey guys, it ain’t backed up by science yet, but this method seems to be working for me.” I would then go on to put in a truck load of disclaimers and warnings in place and make it very clear that this was just a working theory.
The problem is I can’t even do that, because they simply don’t work.
Worse still, they could be damaging.
It is incredibly irresponsible and dangerous for unregulated misophonia treatment centres and individuals (with a vested financial interest) to suggest that they have developed a proven cure or treatment when their methods are NOT supported by stringent and impartial research, trials and testing.
We don’t stand for it in other disciplines and we shouldn’t stand for it with misophonia.
If someone set up a website tomorrow and announced that they could cure cataracts by jumping up and down and whistling loudly, they’d be laughed right off the Internet (and rightly so).
But when it comes to neurological conditions… mental illness… behavioural problems (effectively anything that cannot be *seen*) people are far more susceptible to the slick promises of smooth talking salesmen.
Please stay savvy and steer clear of any unregulated quick fixes. I’ll point you towards as much independent research as I can on this site so that you can keep abreast of any developments in the field. If you want to read what some of the leading researchers are working on at the moment over at Duke, take a look here.
In the meantime you can be rest assured that if I hear about any genuine, independently verified and endorsed treatments I will let you know about it. You won’t even need to visit this site because you will hear me screaming about it from the rooftops.