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Old 09-27-2006, 01:30 PM   #1
Shaky Stomach
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Extreme intolerance to background noises


I am a 25 year old male who has no stress from work (as right now I'm looking for work and have been self-employed for 2 years, so I haven't had to deal with workplace stress) but I couldn't figure out which forum to post this on, so if it's in the wrong forum, well....someone will have to move it

For the last 3 years or so I have been completely unable to tolerate even the tiniest background noises. Even the sound of someone doing housework is enough to completely throw me off, and ruin my ability to concentrate to the point where I have to sit and wait until the person has finished doing whatever it is they're doing so I can concentrate. It doesn't always make me irritable but sometimes it gets so bad I literally want to punch something.

I initially solved this problem by wearing earplugs so I can read/write/concentrate (sometimes I have earplugs in the entire day) but as you can imagine I can't do this all the time.

Do you know of any medical/nutritional/mental conditions which cause this intolerance to background noise?

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Old 09-28-2006, 06:15 AM   #2
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Re: Extreme intolerance to background noises

How about ADHD?

Old 09-28-2006, 08:00 AM   #3
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Re: Extreme intolerance to background noises

Definitely not that, but thanks.

Old 09-30-2006, 03:45 AM   #4
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Re: Extreme intolerance to background noises

SHAKY STOMACH********* in my case it is a mixture of anxiety which i have suffered from for years and right now depession which i have never eally experienced. the other night my husband shut our air of since it was beautiful out. i went up to bed to watch TV and in 60 seconds was in a panic. we live right off a main street and between the traffic, kids playing, dog s barking i was jumping out of my skin. this has never happened to me before so it scared me. i had to put the air back on and close all the windows. the noise was making me crazy.

Old 10-01-2006, 10:24 PM   #5
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Re: Extreme intolerance to background noises

i have this problem too, but not to the extent that I wear earplugs. I have other "sense" problems as well, such as with touch or bright lights. I always thought I was slightly autistic in a way, but I know anxiety has a lot to do with it, and I'm *always* anxious.

Old 10-02-2006, 01:37 PM   #6
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Re: Extreme intolerance to background noises

Yes, it is almost like background noises hit "reset" on my brain, and I have to start all over again reading a sentence, etc.

I do have anxiety, and I get irritable/jumpy quite a lot, and for some reason it gets much worse if I have too much sleep, like 12 hours or more. There always seems to be a ringing in my ears when the irritability is at its worst.

If the noise is constant like a whirring computer fan or air conditioning I can filter it out, otherwise it really annoys me.

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