I cant believe there are other people just like me, I feel now that there are others that understand.I have had this condition all my life, Belted for it by my mother,hated by kids at school, it caused me so much pain. I have been thru three marraiges, 80 jobs,and I am now 56 and still struggling with the irratations all around me.I have been living on my own now for the last two years, and I have no freinds and dont socialize at all.At work I faced a diciplinary hearing for my anger and was forced to do a 6 month anger management course or lose my job.This did absolutely nothing for me, as it didnt fix the problem.I have tried antidepresants but quit them when they took away all my emotions and left me like a robot. I am a person with feelings and want to love and be loved in a natural way. I hate crowded places like shopping malls with all the loud radios blaring, I buy what I need then run out of there.And yet I have a very happy and bubbly outgoing personality and everybody at work likes me. I wish I could be normal. Hope to hear from others.
Thank you, I am exactly the same. I have a very bubbly personality and am such a happy person... Until all of the sudden I am irritated beyond control and suddenly hate any and everything. I just started taking Welbutrin today. Sounds like I shouldn't get my hopes up, but maybe something eventually will help.
hi ya'll! i'm 54 yrs and have struggled for as long as i can recall with irritating noises. if someone is whistling in the supermarket it takes all my will not to approach them and ask what right they have to polute my air space!!!
and trust me, there is always someone flippin whistling! i could screaaaaammmmmm!! chewing, part. gum, even seeing them chew. slippers/shoes tapping, sliding, scraping on floors,, oh and people sniffing.....oh boy!
spoons scraping the pattern off a cereal bowl.like i read in a similar post... hello, the flakes have gone already! i have recently thought of seeing doc about opting to go deaf! currently having stress/depression probs.and all seems intensified. neighbours got a droning digger in garden all day and every day! driving me mad. have to go out.. anywhere. even the dog licking his leg sends me off. nuts or wot. gosh.. better stop, for now.
I haven't read all the posts but I wonder if at least some of the irritability is due to undiagnosed food allergies. I was very cranky as a child and only as an adult found I had huge amounts of allergies. Now I take a daily anti-histamine and I feel so much better. Also try magnesium and all the B vitamins. I agree that depression can cause irritability.
My mom is a teacher and recently she has been extraemly strest. She gets mad at everything i say and do and i dont quite don't know what to do about it. Its gotten to the point were i have gotten woried about her and im not quite sure how to tell her or what to do with-out her getting mad. if some one could help me that would be great.
Hi everyone. I am so glad I found this site. I too have a horrible sensitivity to certain sounds. I haven't been to a movie in years because I can't stand the chewing, crackling noise. Very distracting to me, and can't enjoy the movie. I have been like this ever since I was a child. Work is now driving me crazy. I had a nice office where I worked and a year ago, they needed the space and sent to up to third floor in a cubicle. I am surrounded by people typing away all day. The click, click, click noise drives me crazy. I know I click as well, but I am pretty sure no one else feels the same way and get as irratable as I do. I keep my mouth shut because I don't want to make waves. But it is slowly eating away at me. I wear ear phone all days with the misuc as loud as I can stand. I am looking for another job - even though I like my actual job, just can't stand the noise. If I happen to get a job offer I will make sure I get an office. Otherwise no go. Thanks for readng this. I always thought I was weird - even my family thinks it's kinda funny, but they don't understand how it is. I am glad to know I am not alone. I hope I can support all of you. It just feels better knowing I am not alone.
So this thread has been going on for two years, and still no-one has come up with an answer. That is pretty disappointing to me, as I am also a sufferer.
The one that is (literally) driving me insane is tooth-sucking. I haven't seen that particular irritant mentioned here yet, which surprises me. My father used to suck his teeth throughout my teens, and I was driven insane daily by it. Leaving home was like a rebirth. Now, my wife is doing it. I am quite honestly in a panic about how I am going to deal with it. It just seems impossible to contemplate going on like this.
Why is it so irritating? You see the person sitting there, watching telly or whatever, and you notice their lips are sealed together like a rubbery clam. But there is something going on inside there - you can see the subtle movements and the slightly glazed distraction in their eyes. Suddenly, there is that awful pissh as the air breaks through their lips. Why is it so irritating?? I still haven't worked it out.
Other irritants include:
Televison ads - "New!" "Call now!" etc. Also excessive volume.
Cats soiling the garden
Drivers sounding their horn on leaving a house
Drivers ignoring the rights and needs of others
Stupid grammatical errors, or spelling mistakes (such as:"I am loosing my mind.")
Any suggestions out there? This is looking a bit grim.
Getting extremely irritable, its a common symptom of any anxiety disorder, also a lot of other disorders for that matter. Ive had GAD all my life, im 16 and I get annoyed if anyone talks or if they dont hear me when im speaking, do you ever picture in your head that your smashing up things?
Thanks for the reply. It doesn't sound like me, to be honest. I experience generalised unease, I suppose, but mostly because I don't like the way people behave and i have become a bit locked in to that. But otherwise, I don't tend to worry. I sleep OK.
The thing with me is that there are specific things that irritate or annoy me. I appreciate you trying to help, though. Thanks.
I find it incredible that other people have this same problem.... a lot of sounds trigger me, but the sound of coffee pouring into a cup makes me want to hit the ceiling!!!! Hearing someone gulp makes me want to scream.... I can even hear my mom's saliva ducts release in her mouth when I am or have been incredibly stressed!!
Saliva ducts?! That's amazing sensitivity! I am totally deaf in my right ear and moderate to severe high frequency loss in my left. I am looking for the "deaf" switch, since my word-recognition is less than 50% now when people talk to me at normal volume in a quiet environment.
Dripping sounds that can make it above my hearing threshold, or just about any sound that can penetrate my hearing threshold for that matter, causes a fight or flight reaction. It almost like having a heart attack or something and leads to cussing and frustration.
I have fetal rubella and am lucky to be alive, actually. But this extreme irritability and frustration and cussing and temper tantrums is going to be my downfall if I can't find a solution soon.
I experience pretty much the same symptoms as everyone listed. I NEED to know how to feel better!! WHAT is wrong with me??? I work in an office and rattling bags, crunching of food, clicking on the keyboards ALL of it drives me nutty!! I feel like I am PMSing ALL the damn time! PLEASE someone tell me what I should do.
I got extremely choked up reading this. I'm 21, Ive had this problem as far back as I can remember, but lately its been getting worse. Stress, i'm finding, is a HUGE trigger that makes mine worse. I just started school full time, work and interning and my irritation is higher than ever. Everything you guys have said irritates me as well. I start off with just irritation, then try and breath and when that doesn't work and I'm still trying to breath, I feel like it's hard to breath or like im going to start hyperventilating then often i'll either want to cry or get really nauseous and dizzy. I've never mentioned this to anyone, and for the last couple months have been trying to figure out how to say something to someone without sounding weak and crazy because I really don't know how to deal with it anymore. I'm really glad i found this forum, and hopefully now i'll do something about it any information i get i will post back here.
Obsessive-compulsive Disorder, anxiety over others' activities
Okay, so I didn't read all the responses, but I have your answer. You have Obsessive-compulsive Disorder. I didn't know other people had the exact same things annoying them, but I have it and that's what causes me to obsess over things like that. I'm surprised no one immediately responded with this answer since it's a common condition. I've had it since elementary school. I had lots of stress from bullies and bullying teachers, so I think that made it come out more. Mostly, people concentrate on the compulsions when they talk about OCD. I was diagnosed over a decade ago, while I was still in high school. They said I was textbook and that the things I'd done to try to treat myself were exactly what they would have done, but those addressed the compulsions (washing hands, etc.). The obsessions I have never seen treatment for other than drugs. I used to be on several things, with Risperdal making the largest difference. But it made me feel ravenous all the time, and when I had to come off of it so I could become pregnant, I suddenly found I had control of my appetite again. I had forgotten it was caused by the Risperdal. But the Risperdal DID make a HUGE difference. In fact, my husband knew I had OCD before we married and didn't know all those annoyances bothered me until about two years into the marriage when I got off the Risperdal. That's how effective it was. I could sit in church and not even notice that the person behind me was chewing their gum with their mouths open. I do remember the doctor saying it was an anti-psychotic (whatever that means), but that it can help with OCD.
So how am I doing today? Well, I'm thinking of changing my new psychiatrist (I moved a few times) to someone else 'cause this one doesn't give me anything that works for my extreme Anxiety Disorder (yes, that's an actual diagnosis), severe Major Depression, and, of course, my OCDs. I think he's more concerned with me losing the weight I've gained (I'm not quite 5'2" and I stopped weighing myself when I thought I was over 200 lbs, since I figured I would give up if I confirmed my suspicions. But I've lost a lot of weight...the twenty I gained being on one pill (can't think of the name right now, but I did nothing different and gained ten pounds in twenty days, LITERALLY)and I've started to lose the rest. I'm around 171-175 now, if you're curious, and that happened when I stopped that one drug...Lexipro maybe? And then later stopped the second treatment drug they ever tried on me, which I have been taking since diagnosis as a senior in high school (I'm 29 now). That one was called Celexa (generic: citalopram, one of those $4 prescriptions you hear about since it's gone generic now). It helped a lot, but I stopped taking it and had even more control of my eating. But now I'm depressed again. And I can't sit through church or even some movies. And I'm worried all the time. But I will find a new doctor and see what can be done to get me back in line. I have hesitated 'cause I ALSO want to lose the weight, but I also want my loved ones to not have to be afraid for me.
Also, if my last post doesn't automatically get sent to other sufferers, let me know. I only joined this site because I couldn't believe no one on this thread knew what it was right away. I'm getting anxiety just thinking that some of you won't find out what this is, since it's not only treatable (to the point that it doesn't interfere with your life anymore!), but much more common than you all think (I used to think I was just a control freak because no one I knew showed any of the same problems. That's what my family used to tell me I was before they discovered that it was something medically wrong with me that could be diagnosed, not that diagnosis suddenly makes your problems valid). Please, please, PLEASE tell me if you all get this because I KNOW you can get help. You just have to find a psychiatrist who actually has a clue. And this is common enough that the show Monk stars a character who has Obsessive-compulsive Disorder (aka OCD)...but they don't actually really show any obsessions (repetitive movements, sounds, etc. bothering him...he's mostly just all about order and cleanliness) in the show because the creator didn't know it was an existing condition when he invented the character. But tell anyone you meet who has these problems that they are treatable (as in, you can get meds that block the problem...I've never been "cured", but the treatment gave me my life). I feel like dying inside just thinking people are going through this their whole lives and thinking they're alone. Do some research, guys. I think I found out about it 'cause of a couple on Oprah in the 90s. Take it seriously and get help BECAUSE YOU DON'T HAVE TO LIVE THIS WAY!!! (And now I'm obsessing about other peoples' compulsions....lol, I need to get back to a med that takes it all away again but doesn't make me hungry all the time, either.)