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I spoke to a therapist about it once. I’ve had this problem ever since I was a kid, and I always thought it was just me, like I was just easily annoyed or was on edge or something. I also had tinnitus from birth, so I thought maybe it was actually the tinnitus that was causing some kind of noise distortion that was why I was particularly bothered and other people weren’t. I remember sitting in school and fuming inside about people next to me tapping their pencils or clicking their pens. Even when I liked the person. As I got older the anger would subside sometimes, but I always managed to find a new trigger.
The therapist I talked to didn’t know what misophonia was, but they said that it probably was a reaction to something deeper, like maybe I placed too much emphasis on the sound for other reasons, or I was less able to cope with the sound for other reasons, like stress, depression, anxiety, etc. I have PTSD so they thought it might also have to do with the symptoms of PTSD flaring up, and when those symptoms flare up, so does the misophonia. The first memories I have of pure rage with misophonia is with the person who r*ped me, and so it was logical to conclude that the misophonia may be something I attached to abuse over many years of living with my r*pist and now it’s sort of ingrained in my mind.
I hope you find answers!
Your roommate by the way – I grind my teeth in my sleep and sometimes it can sound like chewing. Didn’t know until I had a roommate. Now I use a mouthguard at night and I’m totally silent. 🙂