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Of course I don’t see this happening any time soon, nor do I see a 12-step program for misophonia popping up.
So until medicine comes up with an operation that can undo the hyperconnectivity between my auditory and limbic systems, I’ll rely on my old standbys—passive-aggression and headphones—but with the newfound conviction that I'm an innocent victim of a seemingly hopeless condition and not just a nightmare girl snapping at you to keep it down.
This is not terribly practical nor ideal for sugar addicts.
Further, there is some debate about the accuracy of reported desensitization success rates.
Then I could just announce that I have it and hope folks reduce their masticating.
When I tell people that I’m sober, for example, they stop insisting on pouring me a glass of wine.
I’m not a researcher, but I am a consistent complainer who has talked about this issue with uncountable people during my lifetime, and last year, I met the only other person who has ever been able to relate to my experience.
An Emotional Freedom Technique therapist I saw a few years ago in search of relief told me my irritation was connected to trauma; in vain, she tapped on my, um, "energy meridians" to resolve the issue.
I hate the embarrassment and shame those conversations have brought, but it’s better than the kind I have when I’ve swept past the anger-controlling point and snapped at people that they're driving me to madness.The discovery that I have a "Pavlovian conditional physical reflex problem" reminds me of how I felt when I learned that I suffered from alcoholism—an immense , not only because by then I was in the midst of a solution, but also because it took the onus off of me: I wasn’t actually a crazy, out-of-control, life-destroying person.Of course, I’m not in the midst of a solution for my “miso." (As someone who has it, I feel entitled to a nickname that makes us all think of soup, even though I have an immediate association with the horrible slurping sounds some make while consuming it.) Some sufferers seek out CBT or SSRIs mentions desensitization therapy, a practice that includes giving people chocolate chip cookies when they’re around those who smack their lips so they can create new associations with intolerable sounds.(When participating in the chat room, please remember to be patient.There may be multiple users online at any one time.