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An answer to a life long question,
This review is from: Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight: What to Do If You Are Sensory Defensive in an Overstimulating World (Hardcover)
I have spent my entire life dodging bright light and loud music/noise. My inability to handle The simple sound of crunching or a change in the temp. during the day made me feel crazy and lonely. After years of this, my system has shut down so badly that I am physically ill to the point that I have had to take semesters off from school and shut out my entire life just to get by. This is the first time in my entire life that it not only makes sense but it changes it. I can't believe the diffrence it makes just to know what is wrong with me and that it is 't in my head. This book should be read, not just by people suffering this horably debilitating disorder but everyone. When u think your friend is being picky or emotional, it may not be. S/he could be suffering more than u know. Possibly one of the most important books I have ever read.
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Initial post: Jan 24, 2011 9:56:24 AM PST
I can certainly relate to your condition; I can't count the number of times my oldest sister has dragged me to a busy restaurant where I just want to crawl under the table and curl up into the fetal position. She gets annoyed or angry if I flinch when a child makes a sudden loud noise, or if there are bright lights. I'm sorry you deal with it too, but glad to know I'm not alone. I'm working with Dr. Aron's book for Highly Sensitive People, but in reading about this, I think I may be both. Good advice you have for friends of SDs or HSPs! Thank you!
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Patty I. says:
Great review! Sorry that SD affected your health and general wellbeing. I'm glad you are getting better. My story is similar to what you experienced. Being a "true" HSP, with some cross-over characteristics in SD, I too had a complete system shut down for many years. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, anxiety, chronic fatigue, and depression. I couldn't believe it, my body was just giving up on me. I have taken very good care of myself, never sick, athletic, and a positive happy person. Looking for answers, I read Dr. Aron's book The Highly Sensitive Person, what a relief her information provided. I realized I was misdiagnosed and misunderstood. Immediately, I started repairing (renewing) myself with success. Your review has convinced me to read this book, gather more information about SD, and work on building coping methods, without medication. Thanks again, take good care of yourself!!!
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