From the scraping of nails on a chalkboard to whatever it is that your annoying neighbors are doing upstairs, sounds can definitely be unpleasant. But these aural stimuli can be more than merely irritating - they can be misophonia triggers. For people who have an intense hatred of certain sounds, a seemingly innocuous disturbance can send them into a blind rage.
What is misophonia? It's a disorder that was recognized by the Current Biology journal in 2001 as a genuine brain abnormality. Misophonia causes sufferers to feel anger at sounds that can include chewing, loud breathing, or the clicking of a pen.
For now, there's no known misophonia treatment. However, specialists like psychologists may be able to help misophonia sufferers cope with the stress of hearing certain sounds.
It Involves Changes In The Brain
It Can Trigger A Physical Response
It's Mischaracterized As "Chewing Rage"
It Can Be Triggered By Five Types Of Sound
It Shows Up In Your Tweens
It Affects More Girls Than Boys