Does your open-mouth-chewing, pen-clicking, foot-tapping co-worker drive you wild? You may suffer from Misophonia

Certain sounds that are simple background noise to you may trigger anxiety, insomnia, feelings of rage/fear, and even depression in others. 

Misophonia is defined as the hatred of sound, but you don’t need to hate all sounds to suffer from this sound-sensitivity syndrome. The most common triggers of misophonia are background noises encountered in daily life, making them difficult or impossible to avoid. And ignoring or simply tuning-out an irritating sound is not an option for those with misophonia.

While misophonia isn’t considered a psychiatric condition, psychiatrists can prescribe medication to treat those who suffer. 

You can learn more about misophonia and common trigger noises using the link below, but be warned: some people with misophonia find that reading a list of triggers can actually create new triggers.  

Learn more here: The Symptoms & Triggers of Misophonia

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