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Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight: What to Do If You Are Sensory Defensive in an Overstimulating World Paperback – December 2, 2003
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“Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight is a completely wonderful book about a completely misunderstood topic. Dr. Heller writes clearly and often lyrically, as well as humorously, as she brings forth all that anyone needs to know about this very common, very overlooked, very interesting condition that seems to afflict the most fascinating people. A superb book.” (Edward Hallowell, M.D., author of The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness)
“Clear…jargon-free…reassuring. Will wonderfully supplement medical treatment for people with SD.” (Publishers Weekly)
“A fascinating account of how sensation can run amok and cause problems. ” (New York Newsday)
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In the publishing tradition of Driven to Distraction or The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing, this prescriptive book by a developmental psychologist and sufferer of Sensory Defensive Disorder (SD) sheds light on a little known but common affliction in which sufferers react to harmless stimuli as irritating, distracting or dangerous.
We all know what it feels like to be irritated by loud music, accosted by lights that are too bright, or overwhelmed by a world that moves too quickly. But millions of people suffer from Sensory Defensive Disorder (SD), a common affliction in which people react to harmless stimuli not just as a distracting hindrance, but a potentially dangerous threat.Sharon Heller, Ph.D. is not only a trained psychologist, she is sensory defensive herself. Bringing both personal and professional perspectives, Dr. Heller is the ideal person to tell the world about this problem that will only increase as technology and processed environments take over our lives. In addition to heightening public awareness of this prevalent issue, Dr. Heller provides tools and therapies for alleviating and, in some cases, even eliminating defensiveness altogether.
Until now, the treatment for sensory defensiveness has been successfully implemented in Learning Disabled children in whom defensiveness tends to be extreme. However, the disorder has generally been unidentified in adults who think they are either overstimulated, stressed, weird, or crazy. These sensory defensive sufferers live out their lives stressed and unhappy, never knowing why or what they can do about it. Now, with Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight, they have a compassionate spokesperson and a solution-oriented book of advice.--Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A., author of The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Integration Dysfunction
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However, the book increasingly made me doubt that scientific basis, especially once I got to the last part. There is an unfortunate amount of pseudoscience in this book (leaky gut syndrome, aromatherapy, color therapy, to name a few concepts without scientific backing) to the point that it gets very difficult to separate it from the reality of sensory processing disorders. I found some good advice in here, but I had to pick it out of things that I know to be false, and I'll need to do some independent research to cross reference it. There are some citations, but not nearly enough from credible sources to reassure me.
It's unfortunate because I think there is some good information in this book, but it feels discredited by all the junk "science." Hopefully I will find a better book about sensory processing disorders.
This book will be kept where I can refer to it often.
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Paid £12 delivery for 4 books which took 3 weeks to deliver by snail!!!!
Knowing was good, but still there was no help to be found.
Most books on the subject call you 'a high-sensitive person' now and all you get from them is a list of symptoms (which you know already) and maybe a few case studies. No one tells you how to live with the problems your sensitivity causes in everyday live let alone what to do about them.
THIS book finally does!
I found the explanations and advice of Ms Heller extremely helpful, now I'm practising breathing and I feel so much better already.
What a brilliant and lovely book!