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Aug. 25th, 2011 | 07:16 pm
posted by: lexie0478 in o_c_d

Hi everyone!

Does anyone here have a sensitivity to noise and if so, does this have anything to do with OCD?

I get extremely angry if someone sneezes loudly. To the point where I could hit them... (I don't, by the way :o)) I also hate it when people make loud noises when they're yawning.

Random sudden noises also make me very cross, and whistling puts knots in my stomach...

To name but few things... Other than that I'm quite chilled out, believe it or not!

Like my obsessions and compulsions, this gets worse when I'm stressed and is always there to some extent...I'd be really interested to hear if other people get like this?

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demiraks_world

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from: demiraks_world
date: Aug. 25th, 2011 06:23 pm (UTC)
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A coworker clicks his pen all the time and it DRIVES ME NUTS.

And I can't stand when someone is leaning on my chair (like standing behind me while I work or pushing on my chair while I drive).


Seems like there are certain little things that I just have the hardest time tolerating - and like you said, sometimes it's worse than others.

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lexie0478

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from: lexie0478
date: Aug. 25th, 2011 06:43 pm (UTC)
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I'm so glad it's not just me! Yes, people standing right behind my chair at work make me really angry too!

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livygrrrl

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from: livygrrrl
date: Aug. 25th, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
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Oh, yes. I've been told by the psychiatrist that the sound sensitivity is related to OCD. There are several sounds that agitate me or make me angry. Ice cubes clinking in a glass, nail clippers, someone slurping a drink, esp. coffee...there are some others, but those are the worst.

Now that my partner understands that it's not a random annoyance, she is at least careful to warn me of the nail clippers and tries not to swirl the ice.

The noises make me irrationally upset and it's hard not to yell out, "would you STOP THAT!" in the middle of staff meetings sometimes after the coffee's been slurped for the 20th time. But I deal with it. :)

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lexie0478

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from: lexie0478
date: Aug. 25th, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
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I can really relate to that...

The guy I sit beside at work is the loveliest guy in the world... he's always very calm and level headed and we have a good laugh together. Everything's fine until he sneezes and suddenly I'm so angry that he's the rudest most thoughtless man I've ever met, and how DARE HE make that noise while I'm trying to work...

And then I turn to him and say 'bless you'. :o)

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livygrrrl

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from: livygrrrl
date: Aug. 25th, 2011 07:00 pm (UTC)
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:)

I'm guessing that you know how it feels to have your blood boil, then, and pretend it isn't! :)

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lexie0478

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from: lexie0478
date: Aug. 25th, 2011 07:19 pm (UTC)
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Oh yes... Although sometimes people notice. My manager today noticed me scowling at his whistling. (I'm glad I've already had my appraisal!)

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livygrrrl

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from: livygrrrl
date: Aug. 25th, 2011 07:23 pm (UTC)
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Oh dear! You know what, though? Whistling grates on me, too. At least, indoor whistling. It's not appropriate in most workplaces, really. Outdoor whistling is fine, for some reason. Maybe because the sound dissipates over a wider area?

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shoujo_sparkles

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from: shoujo_sparkles
date: Aug. 25th, 2011 06:39 pm (UTC)
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YES. I am extremely sensitive to noises. All the things you listed above make me anxious and drive me crazy. I hate repetitive clicking noises or unknown sounds. I actually can't sleep if someone in the room is breathing too loud or snoring. I sit and obsess over whatever it is. I also can't stand loud noises, such as jackhammers and trains- I always plug my ears when I walk past these things and feel a surge of anxiety.

I know it's normal to be annoyed by noises, but I think in my case (and probably yours) it's a little excessive. I was actually curious too so I looked up OCD and noise sensitivity. There are cases where it seems to be a subsection of OCD- its own particular obsession and debilitating. I am not at that extreme, but I suspect the sensitivity to noises comes from our (wonderful!) OCD ability to latch onto harmless things and blow them out of proportion, and to make sure everything is just so. That's just my guess, though.

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lexie0478

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from: lexie0478
date: Aug. 25th, 2011 07:09 pm (UTC)
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I did wonder if, as you say, it's a subsection of OCD.

I'm sure you're right... If I didn't have the OCD I wonder if I'd be irritated to such an extent. I look around me at work and people don't seem to be as annoyed as me. We are very good at blowing things out of proportion. I wondered myself if these things irritate me because they're not something I can control. I can sneeze very loudly if I want to and it doesn't annoy me! And I do like to have control over my environment...

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shoujo_sparkles

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from: shoujo_sparkles
date: Aug. 25th, 2011 11:59 pm (UTC)
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I agree. People always tell me to relax and such, and I just feel annoyed so often! I'm the same way- need to have control...that must be another OCD thing.

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Ryn

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from: ryntha_doghare
date: Aug. 25th, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC)
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I'm agreeing with some of the others here and add that I'm a very light sleeper and wake up at any sort of repeated noise whereas others might sleep through it. I'm very intrigued by it being related to OCD though as I never even considered that...could provide me with a lot of answers!

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lexie0478

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from: lexie0478
date: Aug. 25th, 2011 07:14 pm (UTC)
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I know! I've had OCD (as far as I know/can rememeber) for about 25 years and it's only just occured to me today... Everything else about me seems to have come from the lovely OCD, so I wondered if this was too!

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shoujo_sparkles

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from: shoujo_sparkles
date: Aug. 26th, 2011 12:02 am (UTC)
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when I was growing up I hated that for family vacations, I always had to sleep in the same room with the rest of my family. I'd wake up like 10 times during the night to the sound of someone breathing/snoring. My mom would say things like "just ignore it." But it's kinda hard when it's something you're doing when you're asleep- you have no choice over the matter :/

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from: cittenscollar
date: Aug. 25th, 2011 07:21 pm (UTC)
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I have VERY sensitive senses. Smells are the worst. But sounds are pretty bad too.

The worst for me is whistling. I get SO stressed out just by the very sound of hearing somebody whistle, and I start becoming convinced that they're doing it specifically to bother me, even if I know that's completely irrational.

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lexie0478

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from: lexie0478
date: Aug. 25th, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC)
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Whistling is an awful sound....
And the thing is, you can't say to someone "I don't whistling" because you may as well say "Please continue whistling. Annoying me is amusing to you and other people. In fact, why not whistle louder and for a longer period of time!"

Do you feel your sound and smell sensitivity is OCD related?

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You don't have to go home but you can't stay here.

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from: lai_lai_ranma
date: Aug. 25th, 2011 07:33 pm (UTC)
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Yes, this happens to me a lot.

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DRINK YOUR GODDAMN TEA!

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from: bee_york
date: Aug. 25th, 2011 07:47 pm (UTC)
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Oh man, this totally happens to me! I feel better to know I'm not alone in this. :)

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CreativEcstasy

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from: creativecstasy
date: Aug. 25th, 2011 08:06 pm (UTC)
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I have an extremely difficult time having conversation while music is playing. I feel like I have to listen to the music and have to listen to the conversation and both simultaneously is overwhelming.

I'm also sensitive to high frequencies that electronic devices emit, but I doubt that's related.

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lexie0478

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from: lexie0478
date: Aug. 25th, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC)
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It's really interesting how many of us seem to have this in common!
Although it's a royal pain in the you-know-what, I'm glad that I'm not the only one! Kind of makes it easier...

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96seconds

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from: 96seconds
date: Aug. 26th, 2011 04:14 am (UTC)
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YES! I am terrible with noises. Interestingly, I also get really, really agitated with touch (like people brushing against me, being poked, velvet)...it's like a sensory overload or something. People always make comments that I get annoyed so easily and that I overreact all the time (which also bugs me haha)

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The Multilingual Kitten

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from: kali_kali
date: Aug. 26th, 2011 05:14 am (UTC)
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Bone movement noises, especially people cracking their knuckles. IT DRIVES ME UP THE WALL. WHY IN THE WORLD DO YOU HAVE TO DO THAT.

Also people making frequent mouth noises, such as sighing, panting, grunting, throat clearing, whatever. Makes me want to puch people in the throat and tell them to JUST STOP.

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Thesme of course!!

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from: thesme_01
date: Aug. 26th, 2011 10:15 am (UTC)
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Oh oh sudden loud noises - I HATE THEM SO MUCH! Especially when stressed. HATE.

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lexie0478

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from: lexie0478
date: Aug. 26th, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC)
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So that's a 'yes' to my question!

Today at work, I very stupidly said to my manager "Can you stop whistling?" To which he replied "Don't you like it?" So of course everyone started.

Should have kept my big mouth shut!!!

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from: pugsong1a12
date: Aug. 26th, 2011 11:01 pm (UTC)
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The sound of people clipping their fingernails and toenails is awful. I leave the room. It's worse when people are chewing. IT DRIVES ME INSANE.

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insane_emotions

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from: insane_emotions
date: Aug. 28th, 2011 03:02 am (UTC)
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i have sensitivity to the noise of pots and pans. it's so annoying and i get so irritated.

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Rosemary

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from: sophy
date: Aug. 29th, 2011 12:58 am (UTC)
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I think because OCD is an anxiety disorder, it makes sense that we'd be extra sensitive to things that can set us off. I also have PTSD, which is yet another anxiety disorder, and I'm easily freaked out by sudden loud noises - I scream and jump. But my friend who has general anxiety gets enraged by sudden loud noises. So I do think there is a connection there.

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lexie0478

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from: lexie0478
date: Aug. 30th, 2011 05:07 pm (UTC)
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I don't know about you, but the more I'm conscious of being stressed by too much noise/sudden noises, the worse it becomes.

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n.l.

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from: scherepache
date: Sep. 5th, 2011 03:28 am (UTC)
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I'm not the only one! I've been like this since childhood. When I live in cities, I sleep with earplugs. Makes a world of difference!

(For some reason, when I live in more rural areas, crickets and bears and coyotes don't upset me.)

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Que sera? Erotic Hurrah

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from: hashishinahooka
date: Sep. 15th, 2011 02:46 am (UTC)
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Yes! Gum chewing, loud food chewing, and nail baiting send me over the edge. Hate it. Oh, and Styrofoam.

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