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Getting Overstimulated? - March 1st 2013, 05:46 PM

I've always been sensitive to sounds and especially sound-oriented, but lately it's getting to an extreme. It's like when I hear sounds like two people laughing or a loud keyboard or a fan or a car, I start to shut down. I no longer register what is going on around me; it's like I go off in my own world. I basically go blank. I can be gone for hours and not know it. It isn't just sound either. Too much visual stimulus also affects me, and on my worst days lately touch has made me either panic because it feels like I'm overly sensitive and it hurts (even to wear my clothes) or makes me completely space and lose myself. Does anyone else experience this? How do I control it better?
   
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Re: Getting Overstimulated? - March 1st 2013, 08:55 PM

This is the sort of thing you should speak about with a physician. Overstimulation isn't all that rare with one sense, but when it happens to two, three or more of them, it's a significant issue. It's compounded by the fact that it interferes with your ability to function on a normal level.

While I must strongly reinforce to you that I am not a doctor or medical professional, my best guess would be that that your nerves are being overstimulated, or that your sensory receptors are being overloaded and have an unusually low threshold.

If, for some reason, you can't see a doctor about this, or it will be some time before you're able to, I recommend meditation and avoiding complex situations like loud social functions and cinemas. If the overstimulation really does overwhelm you on such a level, then you're probably better off in calm situations.


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Re: Getting Overstimulated? - March 15th 2013, 06:14 PM

Just letting you all know, in case you were wondering, I found out this is actually a result of bipolar disorder. It's apparently fairly common for people like me to have a low threshold.

And I'm going to try avoiding as many situations like that as possible. My biggest problem is school, like right now when I'm slipping because people are talking in the background.
   
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Re: Getting Overstimulated? - March 15th 2013, 06:37 PM

I have a disorder similar to bipolar and I experience similar issues so I can see that being the cause. Personally for me it's visual and sound oriented where something will just consume my mind to the extent where I have difficulty functioning. I find that if I take my medication properly I don't have this problem anymore.
Maybe you could consider talking to your psychiatrist about it and seeing if maybe they have an idea of how to help you cope or eliminate the problem?


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Re: Getting Overstimulated? - March 16th 2013, 03:37 AM

I have before, but she told me to get over it. Therefore I'm now looking for a new psychiatrist!
   
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