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Hannah

Hi Kirsty,

I feel your pain so acutely.

We had new neighbours move in a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been on the verge of losing the plot ever since. They talk very loudly and they play music that I can hear too. I think they could be a lot worse, and we do live in a terrace, so I’m trying to treat it as my problem rather than theirs. Since we can’t really change other people, only control how we react. Do you know what I mean? But it feels impossible.

I have OCD and I do think for me this is a new obsession the OCD bully has latched onto. But, at the same time, I don’t think someone would have to have OCD (or Misophonia)to be bothered by it. Which makes it tricky, and messes with my head.

Noise has always been an issue for me too. Noise cancelling headphones have been a blessing and a curse. At the moment it’s not an exaggeration to say I wear them almost 24hours a day, which isn’t healthy. I’ve felt shaky since they moved in and have several panic attacks.

Have you had any respite since you posted?

Hope to hear from you,
Hannah