What is misophonia?

Misophonia is a condition characterised by strong emotional reactions, such as irritation or anxiety, triggered by specific sounds. Individuals with misophonia often experience intense negative emotions in response to certain repetitive noises, known as “trigger sounds.” These sounds are typically human-made and can include chewing, lip-smacking, breathing, pen clicking, or other repetitive noises associated with daily activities.

People with misophonia may find it challenging to be in environments where trigger sounds are present, and the condition can impact their daily lives and relationships. It’s important to note that misophonia is different from a general dislike of certain sounds; it involves a heightened emotional response that can be distressing for the individual.

While misophonia is not yet officially recognised as a distinct psychiatric or neurological disorder in diagnostic manuals like the DSM-5, it is an area of ongoing research, and there is a growing awareness of its impact on individuals’ well-being.

Misophonia treatment

Treatment approaches may include cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, sound therapy, and relaxation therapy aimed at managing emotional responses to trigger sounds.

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