Surprising 11 Words for People Who Hate Certain Things

With the Greek roots mis- and miso-, haters can hate a whole lot of stuff.

Someone who hates practicing the piano. See also: Someone who isn’t very good at playing the piano.

Don’t like smoking? Well, it kills these people. Misocapnists hate tobacco smoke in any form.

Misoneists hate novelty, trends, or innovation. You can guess how fun they are at social gatherings.

Someone who hates beards. (Strangely, we haven’t found the name for someone who hates mustaches.)

Lighten up! Victorian novelist George Meredith coined the term “misogelast” to describe people who hated laughter, or at the very least, considered it low-class or crude.

Misogynists hate women. Misandrists hate men. And misogamists hate marriage, no matter who’s getting hitched.

Someone who experiences nomomisia, hatred or disgust for a particular name, like Gertrude, Chester, or Kardashian.

Why can’t we all just get along? Misopolemists hate war or strife.

Meanwhile, misologists hate arguments, debates, or enlightening discussions.

Someone who hates undressing in front of others, even a romantic partner.

Many of us experience some form of misophonia, an extreme intolerance for certain sounds. Nails on a chalkboard is the ultimate example. Or perhaps it’s gum smacking, open-mouthed chewing, crunching on ice, or other sounds regularly heard in public. Ugh



What It’s Like to Have Misophonia on Christmas Morning-term life

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Wake up, it’s Christmas morning! That means it’s bound to be a great day full of carols, family, food, and presents, right? Wrong. It’s about to be one of the hardest days for someone like me who has misophonia.

7:15 a.m. All is fine in the world… so far. You walk into the living room and wait for the rest of the family to wake up so you can partake in opening Christmas presents. You enjoy these last solid few minutes of peace and quiet because you know, at any moment, someone is going to come in and disturb the stillness.

7:22 a.m. See, that didn’t last long. The youngest of the bunch is awake finally and the family is ready to rip open gifts. The dreaded sounds of paper tearing open, the crunching as the paper gets crushed and thrown aside, and sometimes there’s even bubble wrap to pop. Joy. But you smile through the noises that are killing you because 1. This is family time 2. Your family will just think you’re being rude anyway, and 3. How do you explain that noises make you genuinely angry?

7:45 a.m. By this time, all the presents should be unwrapped. In my family, that means it’s time for stockings! This is the worst of all. Why? Because there are snacks in the stockings. That means now you have to listen to wrappers being slowly opened while you wonder, “Why can’t you open that any quicker?! Why can’t you open it more quietly?!” It only gets worse. Everyone suddenly seems to start smacking their lips, crunching loudly, or chewing at a volume that shakes you to your core. “Chew with your mouth shut, please,” is what you hope comes out of your mouth, but at this point all you can really say to your brother is, “Why can’t you chew with your mouth shut?” It’s not your fault that it came out rude, but no one is going to understand that.

8:30 a.m. As if stocking snacks weren’t enough, now it’s time for breakfast. More smacking of lips and utensils scraping against teeth. This is why you’ve mastered the art of eating either quicker than or less than everyone else so you can leave the room to get away from the noises, but you play it off as though you’re going to go check out some of your Christmas goodies.

Fast forward into the day where you head to your extended family’s gathering: More presents. More paper ripping. More paper crumpling. More snacks, lunch/dinner, smacking, chewing, and the list goes on and on in a vicious, repetitive cycle.

The only hope today is the silence you find comforting when you make your little escapes to another room, outside, or the bathroom. Peacefulness is waking up before anyone else just to enjoy the first few minutes of quiet on your Christmas morning, and restfulness is when everyone goes to bed at the end of the day as pleased as possible and you finally get the rest of the night to regroup. The day will have been hard, but you survived! You made it!




The Unique Ways Misophonia Messes With Your Relationship

It’s date night and my boyfriend and I are heading in to a small, but typically busy, restaurant in central London. There are two tables left – the dregs. We can choose between the drafty but isolated table by the door or one inward but just inches away from another table.

As usual, I desperately want to sit in isolation but it’s nearing 5 degrees outside so we walk inwards to said table. Seconds after I sit down, I feel the familiar rush of anger, panic, upset and general loathing of people come over me as the couple to my right eat their meal.

What’s the issue?

I have misophonia, which literally means the hatred of specific sounds. Since I was 12, I have suffered mental and physical reactions to certain noises, like a person eating or irregular breathing. Depending on my mood that day, I can be sent into a flying rage or hysterical crying.

The list of sounds that affects me grows with each month: music from distant headphones, the tapping of computer keys, nail biting, heavy breathing, cracking knuckles, and ticking clocks.

To better understand, when I hear someone eating, rage takes over my usual level headed brain and all I can think of is: ‘you are the most disgusting human being in the world. What is wrong with you? Who raised you? Why do you not have manners? Maybe I should give them a dirty look so they’ll get the point. OK, we made eye contact and they’re still doing it. Was my face not bitchy enough? Should I have raised an eyebrow? Maybe I should move seats.’

Misophonia is an increasingly common problem. But while it is increasingly recognised by some professionals, it remains relatively under-studied and little is known about the real cause. So much so, the NHS still doesn’t list it as a condition on the website – which I am shocked and frankly, quite appalled about. This rejection from the NHS doesn’t help public opinion that we are purely over reacting to everyday sounds everyone finds just a little bit annoying.

Misophonia explained

The truth is that the set up at the restaurant is a familiar one. My boyfriend is now used to the inevitable scenario that unfolded that evening. We spent the night ‘chatting’ and by that I mean he tried to tell me about his day while I frantically stuffed pieces of makeshift earplugs (wetted napkin) in my ear, while glaring at the couple innocently eating on the table next door.

What’s more is that on the way home, we had to change buses on our way to the train station, as someone was chewing gum in the vicinity. After that, I make us change carriage on the train because someone two rows away is breathing irregularly.

Visits to the cinema are plagued by popcorn-eating fellow film-watchers, train journeys are ruined by distant music emanating from headphones and I stay clear of anywhere that there may be people tapping away on laptops or computers.

But, it’s not just strangers’ sounds that bug me to the core. In fact my boyfriends innocent breathing and closed-mouth eating bothers me the most.

Dr David Scott, a clinical psychologist who treats patients with misophonia, says that this is common. “The most extreme reaction is reserved for people closest to them – their family.

“People with misophonia can get very angry with strangers but there’s something different about it when the sound comes from someone who knows about the problem – and you’ve told them what to do or what not to do before. It triggers a very strong rage.”

David’s words have instantly reassured me. I have always thought I’ve been so inconsiderate that two of the closest people to me – my boyfriend and my mum – have annoyed me more than people I don’t even know.

What’s it like to be the other person?

Let’s face it; misophonia is not a people-friendly condition. It is intimate and only the sufferer really knows how they feel when they hear certain trigger sounds. As you are consumed with emotion, it’s often easy to forget about the other people involved.

While, for the most part, I am able to control myself (and refrain from verbally abusing loved ones while they’re eating) I experience a surge of emotion that makes me feel like I want to behave in that way almost every day. The thought of that is bad enough for me, but what about for him?

And, perhaps selfishly, it wasn’t until writing this that I asked him how he felt.

“Sometimes it upsets me because I can’t help but breathe or eat. Even though I sometimes eat too fast…” he joked, most likely trying to make light out of the situation and not offend.

“But I’m getting used to it now and I know it’s not something that you can control and you do your best to not make a fuss – like when you sneak off to put earplugs in.”

So, can a relationship work when you have misophonia?

That being said, can you love someone when, on occasion, you genuinely want to beat them to a pulp when they breathe, eat, sniff, or even cough?

Simply, the answer is yes. My boyfriend and I have not only survived misophonia but we have lived together for the past two years in relative peace. I’m not going to lie – each day is difficult but it’s getting easier.

If we’re sat on the sofa and he starts breathing loudly, I’ve learnt to quietly, without fuss, go and get earplugs. Or if he’s eating, I’ll eat too. After ear plugs, mimicking is one of the most vital coping mechanisms I use to get through the day.

But, without a doubt, the tool that has enabled our relationship to survive is communication.

While there is no cure for misophonia, David Scott uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to talk through the problem and he says the most important thing they do is urge people to communicate with their loved ones.

“One of the things about misophonia is – because of the anger which results from it – it causes relationships to break down. The most important thing is that people communicate the problem rather than let things bubble up.

“People often think they’re doing it on purpose – they think ‘they’re doing it to hurt me’ or ‘they’re doing it because they don’t care about me’ – all of these ideas turn into anger.”

And I can’t express it enough – that age old saying that communication is key, is 100 percent applicable here. From the very beginning, my boyfriend knew that I had some form of dysfunctional relationship with sound – even if he didn’t know the full extent. Before we started dating, I worked with him and he sat just one seat away. I remember every time he was in deep thought, he would click his pen uncontrollably. This happened to the point that I emailed him one day basically telling him, in few words, to stop. From then on, I told him everything. 

I recently found out that at the beginning of our relationship – when we were in the same bed – he rarely slept. It turns out that he was so terrified of annoying me that he didn’t let himself go to sleep on the off chance he snored.

I instantly felt bad and completely unreasonable*. Was my misophonia that terrifying that my boyfriend didn’t sleep for the first few months of our relationship? Apparently so…

*Since he told me this – when it’s 3am and he’s snoring next to me – I often wish that we were back at the beginning and he was too scared to sleep. Don’t judge me, it’s the misophonia talking.

Aside from those 3am selfish moments of madness, I now make an effort to gently tell him when he is making a trigger noise. Admittedly, I have been aggressive in the past when I hear a sound and I find that it can often depend on my mood. Say if I’ve had a horrible commute home and I’m hot and tired, I’m more likely going to react badly to triggers.

Because his chewing is not conscious, when I let him know he’s making a noise that aggravates me, he stops immediately.

In essence, it just takes understanding for both people involved – for him to know when he’s making a trigger noise and for me to know that he’s not doing it intentionally.

Since writing about the instance in the restaurant, I have felt the same anger and panic I felt that night bubbling away. My boyfriend? Well, I asked him about how he felt that night and he said: “What happened? I remember the food. That was good food. We should go back there soon.”

Next time, I’ll take my earplugs – and my boyfriend, misophonia and I will be just fine.



What Misophonia Is Not and What It Is-Networks

Misophonia is a neurological condition where a person has a strong emotional response of anger or disgust to specific sounds. For some, it might be hearing someone chewing. For others, it is the sound of sniffling or breathing. Many people also have the misophonic response to visual triggers such as seeing someone chew gum. With misophonia, a person has specific soft sounds (and sights) that they cannot tolerate.

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Misophonia can be upsetting and annoying, or it can be a debilitating condition. It may vary in intensity but generally gets worse with time. There are important management techniques that are helpful to almost everyone. Although there are no proven treatments that work for everyone, there are treatments that work for many. With proper management and treatment there is hope for reducing the horrible effects of this condition.

This book will help you understand what this mysterious condition is doing to you, or help you understand what someone close to you is experiencing. It explains how misophonia develops and expands with time, and why those little sounds cause a person SO much distress. It also gives you many techniques that will help you manage this condition and explores the existing treatment options.

With proper management and treatment, you can greatly reduce the effects of misophonia in your life. Developing misophonia has been a journey. Overcoming misophonia is also a journey, and it is a journey that can provide much relief for this horrible condition.

What Misophonia Is Not:

Misophonia is not just being annoyed by someone chewing oddly or a loud noise.

What Misophonia Is:

The Short Answer:  Misophonia is a rare neurological disorder that results in a severe reaction to common everyday sounds like chewing, loud breathing, tapping a pencil; repeating motions like wiggling a foot; and sometimes even just the anticipation of someone about to take a bite of food.

These items trigger a reaction that feels like an electrical shock to the body.

Misophonia is also referred to as Select Sound Sensitivity Syndrome (4S).



Misophonia; 4 Ways How to Have an Out of Body Experience

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Do you want to float around the astral plane without dying first? Are you longing to leave your body at home for a few hours to explore the cosmos? People report out-of-body experiences (OBEs) while dreaming, during near-death experiences, or through relaxation techniques such as meditation. For some people, having an OBE can be like being Alice in your very own Wonderland. Read on to learn how to experience this on purpose


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Ready your mind and body. Choose a quiet place you find relaxing. You can be indoors or outdoors, as long as you are comfortable. Make sure you won’t be interrupted. OBEs are most common in the morning at 4:00am-6:00am, however trying this at night or when you are tired will probably just make you fall asleep.
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Find a comfortable position, either sitting or lying down. Many people choose to lie down on their backs, but be forewarned that temporary sleep paralysis is more likely in this position if you do fall asleep. These may consist of dark figures, ghosts or whatever you fear entering your room. Though this may sound scary, the more you realise they cannot physically harm you for they are your mind’s creation, the less scary it is to endure.
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Affirm to yourself that you are going to have an out-of-body experience. Say to yourself “Mind awake-Body Asleep” or “I will have a lucid dream.” Repeat this several times until it is the only thought left in your mind.
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Close your eyes and relax. Become less conscious of your external surroundings. Empty your mind of thoughts and ideas. Meditation techniques can be helpful here to maintain an empty mind while still remaining focused and aware.
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Allow yourself to almost fall asleep. Actually sleeping would defeat the purpose. Instead, let yourself drift close to sleep while concentrating on being conscious of your sensations and mental state.

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  1. Feel a vibrating sensation in your body. As you relax further, you should become more aware of what’s happening inside your mind and body than anything happening in the room around you. Try to feel the vibration of your body, coming from both the larger pulse of your blood and breath to the individual movements of your cells. You may think you hear sounds like a tornado/wind. The urge to move here will be tremendous, especially if it’s your first time. Just relax deeper and deeper until the sounds passes, but avoid falling asleep.
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    Try to slow the vibration. Visualize the movements of your body slowing and the sounds and sensations of vibrations getting fainter. Soon everything will be completely silent and your body will be still.
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    Let your body become paralyzed. Some say it feels like a lead blanket has been placed over you. You may notice all of a sudden that you can’t move your arms or legs. Don’t panic! If you try to force yourself to move you may wake up. You will, however, be able to move your eyes, mouth, nose, and face, so try moving those slightly instead.

Leaving Your Body With the Rope Approach

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    Feel your hands grasping an invisible rope. Don’t move your actual hands or visualize the rope. The “rope method” relies on the imaginary feeling of the rope, not a mental image. Focus on the texture, thickness and heftiness of the rope. Feel the tension in your arms between the strength of the rope and the pull of your weight.[1]

    • If you have trouble using the rope technique, try imagining a ladder instead. Some people find this easier, especially if they are more accustomed to climbing ladders than ropes.
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    Use the rope to pull yourself up and start climbing. Feel your muscles contract and your body move upward when you pull. Don’t visualize: imagine you are doing this in pure darkness. Keep going up. Soon you will find yourself out of your body, triggering the “projection reflex.”

    • If you experience vibrations in your body as you climb, try to relax more, or else you will only lose more energy and it will become harder.
    • If you have trouble, try climbing up as you inhale and then resting as you exhale.
    • The rope method is a more practical variation on the more iconic technique of visualizing yourself floating up. Though floating out of one’s body all at once makes for a better image in the movies, it’s not as effective in real life.
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    Open your astral eyes. Once you know you are out of your body, open your eyes. You should be viewing your room from the side of your bed, with your body still lying there still with eyes closed.

    • If you want, try to open your third eye first, low on the center of your forehead.

Leaving Your Body Using the Point-Shift Approach

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    Visualize every detail of the space around you. Make sure you get a good look at your surroundings before you lie down. Now try to recall and feel the location and shape of every object in the room, as it looks from where you are resting.[2]
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    Visualize the space around you as seen from a different point in the room. Once you have the image of the room clear in your mind’s eye, shift that perspective to try to see that image as though you were standing over or near your body. In some ways you should already feel like you have left your body.
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    Rise from your body to the spot you were visualizing from. Stay very relaxed, but be forceful in your will to gently bring yourself to that point. Feel yourself moving up and over to that space, and visualize your perspective changing. Then open your astral eyes.

Leaving Your Body Using the Interrupted Sleep Approach

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    Set an alarm clock for the middle of your sleep cycle.
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    When it goes off, shut off and lay back and relax.

    • This can be done in a comfortable chair, also.
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    Try to feel the sensation of ‘falling’ very close to sleep then mentally ‘pull’ yourself back awake. Try to feel falling into the mattress as you near sleep, then pull yourself back up to near awake.
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    Repeat as you attempt to get very close to sleep then back to near awake.Eventually when you pull yourself back to nearly awake, you will actually pull yourself up, out of your body.

When I Realized Why Mealtime Noises Make Me Irritable

I was a teenager when my grandmother moved in with us. My grandfather had passed away and my grandmother suffered from Alzheimer’s. My parents brought her back to Virginia so we could help care for her. Grandma was an “old school” kind of gal. She wore polyester dresses, stockings with heels, she had her hair done weekly and carried a pocketbook.

My mother and older sister were her primary caregivers. She enjoyed sitting with me to watch television in those days. She also had false teeth. I would cringe at the sound as she played with the teeth in her mouth while I was trying to watch a show. That was just the beginning.

Many years and four kids later, I started to notice how moody I became when my kids would chew with their mouthes open while eating or chewing gum. I was also easily annoyed at repetitive noises such as the tapping of a pencil or the sound of a dog licking. I felt like such a “mean mom.” I was constantly saying “chew with your mouth closed” and “stop making so much noise.” I convinced myself that this was normal because I was teaching my kids manners. I worried I was becoming less patient with age and chalked it up to being overwhelmed. During that time period, I had read somewhere that when you are stressed, your senses are heightened. I am not sure if that is true, but considering what I was going through, I embraced the theory.

Many times we would hang out with our family and friends on the weekends. We traveled frequently during the summer and spent most holidays together. They became our extended family. We have seven children between our two families. An average get-together included slamming doors, toys being thrown, movies playing, temper tantrums and kids screaming in laughter. The kids usually ate before the adults due to space and the urgency of playtime. As the kids grew older and actually sat with us for meals, I started noticing the sounds of mealtime became less and less tolerable. I remember specifically on one of our trips to the mountains, their daughter was sitting next to me during dinner and eating. I heard every scrape of the fork on her plate and every slurp of her drink. It sounded as if it were in stereo. The sound sent a “rage-like” feeling to my brain. I literally wanted to punch someone (of course I wouldn’t). From that moment on it became common knowledge that I was moody and irritable with noise. However, for me it was frustrating. It wasn’t all noises. It seemed to center on meals and repetitious noise.

Out of the blue one day I received a text from my friend with a link attached. When I clicked on the link, it was an article talking about Kelly Ripa and her struggles with misophonia, also sometimes called selective sound sensitivity syndrome. Miso-what? I thought. I read the article and other information that surfaced after the announcement. I was finally vindicated! There was finally an explanation for my peculiar mood swings!



I Have Misophonia, And We’re Being Exploited

Many sufferers are scared, confused and living with a disorder that has taken over several aspects of their life. Unfortunately, there are little to no available options. Doctors may be confused about treatment and whether or not the disorder exists. For some one with misophonia, this is a terrifying reality.

For those who don’t know, misophonia is (most-likely) a neurologically based disorder that causes an aversive reaction to audial and visual stimuli. In laymen’s terms, this means that noises like tapping, whistling, crunching and chewing can cause a fight/flight/freeze reaction. There is no cure or treatment. 

Several doctors and other professionals have decided, without much medical merit, that certain treatments may be beneficial to misophonia. However, misophonia has not been classified as a disorder (nor has it been effectively researched to the point of understanding origin, let alone treatment). Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), neuro-feedback, hypnotherapy, a “Trigger Tamer App” and other treatments have been used with little to no regard for the origin of the disorder. This, of course, is worrisome.

In a recent article via the NY Observer, Dr. Jennifer Jo Brout talks about her worries for the disorder. Dr. Brout has been an advocate for over-responsivity for the past two decades:

Misophonia has been hijacked by a bevy of charlatans, many with spurious credentials, selling “cures” for the disorder. On social media and on the internet, “specialists” of various kinds with no apparent expertise deluged me, selling misophonia “apps” and potions that promised to “calm misophonia rage.”

When you Google misophonia, you get them. When you read mainstream articles about misophonia, you see their treatments and groups referenced in the articles. Instead of informed doctors or researchers, you find people promising “cures” to desperate sufferers. I know people who have been have bilked out of over $10,000 (and more), nevermind the emotional cost incurred.

Dr. Pawel Jastreboff, who coined the disorder in 2001, has worries about doctors jumping the gun and moving on to treatments so fast. He asserts that when it comes to the toted treatment methods that, “we do not have any clear clinical data.” Since there is not enough clinical data, this furthers worry when it comes to misophonia providers.

As of now, misophonia seems to be worsened by exposure.

The program at Duke University (Sensory Processing and Emotion Regulation Program) furthers this sentiment by saying, “[t]here is no evidence-based behavioral or device-based treatment for misophonia.” The program, run by Dr. Rosenthal, urges sufferers, “[a]t this point, there only are early small scale uncontrolled and pilot studies that have not yielded definitive results.”

When asked specifically about the “Trigger Tamer App,” by Tom Dozier, Jastreboff had his doubts. While the trigger tamer app claims to be different from CBT, it involves exposure to sounds. This exposure is theorized to help users become “immune” to triggers. Despite lack of clinical trials, the description reads, “This (patent pending) app lets you ‘rewire’ or “repattern” your brain to reduce or eliminate reactions to your misophonia trigger.” Retail price of the app is $39.99. The Google Store ad for the product suggests that the “treatment” will be beneficial to misophonia sufferers, however it featured this warning: “AS OF THE END OF 2013, THERE HAVE BEEN NO SUCCESSFUL CASES OF ‘REWIRING’ A GENERAL TRIGGER SO THAT THE SOUND NO LONGER CAUSES A PROBLEM RESPONSE IN A REAL LIFE SITUATION.”

In Dr. Jastreboff’s opinion some of the available treatments may not only be false promises, or unable to help, but they may actually be making the condition worse.

Since he does not have the clinical studies and data to refer to (due to the providers failing to provide results that have been scrutinized in an ethical lab situation), Jastreboff makes his remarks based on what he has experienced. In regard to the Trigger Tamer App specifically, Jastreboff says, “I am familiar with this application, and I am concerned that it actually may make misophonia worse.” In regard to other treatments proposed, he believes neurofeedback is “neutral ― it will not help, but it will not harm” and that hypnotherapy is, “rather neutral, but with potential negative side effects.”

Right now patients should be cautious when approaching treatment providers. Doctors can be informed about the disorder via an information packet. This packet will explain to your doctor what misophonia is and any available coping methods. While there is no official treatment, the world of research is ever-evolving and there is great hope that research studies will lead to a better understanding of the disorder.

For sufferers an exploitative approach to medicine has led to turbulence across all aspects of the board. Some doctors have been fighting out against this (like Dr. Linda Girgis, The Healthcare Apocalypse) ― but that doesn’t mean that it’s going to change any time soon. While misophonia is just one lesser-known disorder, every day patients are struggling with the guides, diagnostics, and boxes that insurance companies and current health care systems have scrunched them in.

“People’s health and lives are at stake here. Those responsible for damaging the way healthcare is practiced in this country must turn over the reigns. The very hearts of the American people stand in jeopardy.”

— Dr. Linda Girgis, The Healthcare Apocalypse

Unfortunately, patients have been placed in a terrible position. Since medical providers aren’t given the proper tools to assess new conditions and connect properly with researchers, we are left in a disconnect. This has left us at prey for those that want to take advantage and earn a dollar off our misery. Disorders should not be cash grabs. We are human beings and we all, no matter our condition, deserve ethical care.



My misophonia triggers have changed over time — have yours?

One thing that has been particularly frustrating about my misophonia is that the trigger sounds I’ve had have increased and evolved over time, and I’ve even developed certain visual triggers. When I was in middle school, it seemed like the only thing that really triggered my condition was the sound of people smacking their lips when they ate. I was mostly bothered by people who didn’t chew with their mouths closed. If they ate something crunchy but their mouth was closed, that was fine.

I can’t remember the precise order, but eventually crunching bothered me, and gum popping, and then even the sound of a food packaging rustling. Perhaps because I associated that noise with the trigger noises of eating that would soon follow? Then there was nail biting, then anyone picking at their fingernails.

One day I sat by my mother in church and just began noticing her foot tapping as she had her legs crossed. I found this incredibly disturbing because I was feeling the same emotions I would feel from hearing a trigger noise. But this wasn’t a noise. At that point in my life, I did not know about the condition I had and that others had it. I was certain that I was losing my mind, and I worried about what could possibly be next for me.

I’ve since learned through research that many people with misophonia also have visual triggers like foot tapping or seeing people put their hands near their mouths. Others have reported particular trigger feelings such as having one’s chair kicked repeatedly in an auditorium. That last one is another trigger I have.

This year, breathing noises have started to bother me. Learning this was devastating. You can still have normal interactions with people if you’re bothered by chewing noises; people are not constantly eating. But they are constantly breathing. So far, the only person whose breathing upsets me from time to time is that of my partner. I started to notice it one night when I was trying to fall asleep next to him, and I panicked. It doesn’t bother me all the time, but I’m worried about what it could mean if my breathing trigger worsens.

Having sounds that trigger anger and anxiety seems bad enough, but when those triggers evolve or get worse, it makes it harder to cope. I’m curious: have others with misophonia found that their triggers evolve? Have the triggers gotten worse? Have they ever gotten better?

Hey, I can dream.





Not everyone is paying a visit to their doctor for a case of the common cold.

Some unlucky patients are diagnosed with diseases so scarce — and sometimes just plain strange — that even medical professionals are left scratching their heads.

Here are five peculiar, but very real conditions that plague people across the world:

1. Erotomania

Some celebrity stalkers suffer from Erotomania, a condition that involves the delusion that a person of status is in love with them.

Some celebrity stalkers suffer from Erotomania, a condition that involves the delusion that a person of status is in love with them.


Nearly every adolescent has once daydreamed about dating a heartthrob — perhaps even plastering posters of their favorite celebrities on his or her bedroom wall.

But some people take the obsession too far — to the point of compulsion.

Erotomania is a condition where a person is under the delusion that a celebrity is truly in love with him or her.

The disorder often accompanies other psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar mania and presents itself in individuals with a family history of mental illness — suggesting a strong genetic component, according to a study published in Comprehensive Psychiatry.

During an “erotomanic episode,” the person hallucinates that his or her object of affection has professed his or her love for the patient via subtle signals, messages in the media or even telepathy, according to a report in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry.

The patient may proceed to send incessant letters, phone calls, gifts and even pay visits to that person.

If this illness sounds familiar, that’s because many deranged celebrity stalkers are laden with the disorder.

2. Cotard’s Syndrome


Cotard’s Syndrome involves a person believing he or she is dead or devoid of a soul, organs or blood.

This wacky but all-too-real condition may give the television show, “The Walking Dead” a run for its money.

Individuals afflicted with this rare mental illness are under the illusion that they are a walking corpse, believing they are devoid of a soul, organs, or blood — that they are simply dead.

A 53-year-old Filipino woman was admitted to the hospital after complaining that she was dead, smelled of putrid flesh and wished to be transported to the morgue so that she could be with the dead, according to a case report, which appeared in the journal Psychiatry.

The patients ridden with delusions of rigor-mortis, are often inhibited from normal functioning sans treatment.

An amalgam of heavy medications is the stiff solution to this macabre malady.

3. Foreign Accent Syndrome


Foreign Accent Syndrome can occur in patients, who suffer from brain damage following a stroke, tumor or other physical trauma.

No, this is not a case of putting on faux accents for sport à la Madonna.

This serious disorder afflicts unlucky patients following brain damage — making for an awkward first encounter when they begin to communicate while encumbered with an English accent.

The part of the brain that is damaged regulates the rhythm and melody of speech — accounting for this dramatic shift in speech, according to the Mount Sinai Hospital website.

Strokes, brain tumors and physical trauma are predominantely to blame for this odd affliction, according to a report conducted by the Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences department at Brown University.

Treatment includes speech therapy and counseling, but symptoms can last for months, years, or may even be permanent.

4. Todd’s Syndrome

Todd's Syndrome earns the nickname, "Alice in Wonderland Syndrome," because it involves a distorted perception of size and distance.

Todd’s Syndrome earns the nickname, “Alice in Wonderland Syndrome,” because it involves a distorted perception of size and distance.

Sufferers from this outlandish disorder have good reason to yell, “Off with our heads!” during an episode.

The condition involves debilitating headaches that distort people’s perceptions of size and distance — earning the moniker of “Alice in Wonderland Syndrome.”

“More often than not, the head and hands seem disproportionate, and in general, the person perceives growth of various parts rather than a reduction in their size,” according to a report published in the Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences.

“Another most significant symptom of the (syndrome) is that the patient perceives the sizes of various other objects inaccurately.”

There are no medications that directly target the condition, but doctors often treat the underlying catalysts — like migraines, epileptic seizures and even mononucleiosis, the report said.

5. Misophonia

Some Misophonia sufferers feel compelled to mimic the very sounds that irritate them as a coping mechanism.

Some Misophonia sufferers feel compelled to mimic the very sounds that irritate them as a coping mechanism.

A little light chewing and nose-whistling every now and then might irk the average person.

But some human noises provoke such an intense emotional response in individuals, that it actually constitutes a veritable chronic condition.

“Misophonia,” which translates to “hatred of sound,” is a disorder in which certain seemingly innocuous social sounds — including chewing, pen clicking, tapping, heavy breathing and lip smacking — can rile severe anger, anxiety and disgust, according to a study published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

“(These experiences) drive the sufferer to avoid situations in which they may be produced, limiting one’s ability to interact with others and often leading to severe problems in their social and professional lives,” the study said.

Some Misophonia sufferers actually find solace in emulating these “trigger” sounds themselves — reporting mimicry as a viable coping mechanism, according to the study.



What It’s Like To Have Misophonia In College (part 2)

First things first: nobody knows what you’re talking about.

To be honest, I didn’t even know there was a name for what I had. About two years ago, I became more and more sensitive to particular kinds of noises. Originally, I’d figured I was just getting a little sensitive to noise because of college stress. But before I knew it, my strange sensitivity was suddenly engulfing every aspect of my life. I couldn’t eat without music. I couldn’t eat with my parents. I couldn’t talk to my sister. I didn’t know what was wrong.

It wasn’t until I saw somebody online talking about misophonia – describing themselves in ways eerily like myself – that I looked it up. Roughly two-years after that first Google search, misophonia has become the primary objective of my academic career in psychology. It’s what I’ve made an investigation proposal about, and what I’m currently making another investigation about as well.

But just what is this mysterious malady?

Misophonia is a relatively recent condition in which the person subject to it has a particular sensitivity and often sudden, negative reactions to what are mostly everyday sounds. It comes from the greek words “miso” and “phonia” (no surprise there), and literally means “hatred of sounds”. Most misophonics hate sounds that have to do with other people’s mouths and noses but these triggers could be pretty much anything. They are almost always made by somebody else. The causes are as of yet unclear, but the effects are more than documented. People who have misophonia suffer greatly in their day to day lives. I am a living example. Here’s a little sample of how it affects me:


My day as a misophonic starts with breakfast. I don’t get bothered by hearing myself eat – it’s when a friend drinks her coffee and I try with all my might not to get upset by her smacking her lips when she opens her mouth to talk. When I leave, I’m constantly on my guard hoping that nobody will breathe or tsk or chew straight into my ear. I don’t just walk briskly because my classes are far. It’s harder to hear people when you nearly run past them.

In Class:

Once I get to class, it’s a game of strategy – I refuse to sit in front of someone that is eating or drinking because I won’t be able to concentrate in class at all if I do. Of course, if I’m late to class I might not have a choice, but I’ll despise it anyway. I’ll be so vexed by another student chewing gum in class that I will literally twist around in my seat to look for the source of noise and hope that maybe my pointed look will make them stop. (It doesn’t always work. It also doesn’t always seem to register to some people that while it’s okay to eat in certain classes, chewing gum is not.) Don’t even get me started on exams! More often than not people are decent and know not to bring food or chew during a test, but sometimes…not. Protip: don’t bring really crunchy foods to class. I’m not the only one that gets super distracted.

After Class/During Lunch:

Once I finally get out of class, I probably eat out. I try to make sure it’s in a place where there’s a lot of noise so I don’t hear anyone else eat. If it’s not, or if deciding is making me anxious in and of itself, I just take it to go. At the end of the day, I get to my dorm sweaty, tired, and moody.

The hardest part about all of this is not just the noise, it’s that nobody understands. Most people have never even heard about misophonia – not my parents, not my classmates, not even my psychology professors or any mental health professionals that I’ve personally asked. I can’t exactly blame them, of course, given that it is a relatively recent theme being investigated. Moreover, all the pros and know-abouts are everywhere but Puerto Rico. The only place where I can for sure find someone who knows what it’s like is to look up on forums outside the country. It’s terribly lonely.

Still, there’s always a good side. Little by little, awareness about misophonia is being brought to light; more and more people are interested in the subject, academically and personally. Forums have popped up. Conferences have been organized. People want to know more about how they can help those with misophonia live happier lives. So far, it is a growing community that I can’t wait to contribute to, as both an investigator, and a misophonic collegiette. Here’s to hoping others closer to me will join in as well.