ADD ADHD and hypersensitive — ADD Tip O the Day 539

Is it me or is it my ADD ADHD?

I’m hypersensitive to some noises – the dishwasher bothers me, the washing machine drives me up the wall, nose blowing is very unpleasant. I hate jarring – getting my chair bumped in the restaurant, a pillow dropped on the bed. Shock waves in the air feel like they’re killing my brain cells, and I have few to spare – snapping the wrinkles out of a pillowcase or a towel. I can’t stand having a breeze blowing on me.


I like most music. If it’s not too loud. I play music while I’m writing.  Touch and smell don’t usually bother me, but please don’t sit next to me and hog the arm rest.


I researched this and found that it’s quite common with ADD ADHD.  It’s not just me.

Is it a part of the syndrome, or a separate problem that often runs with it, like dyslexia?

How much of this is like autism? One comment was about liking being enveloped and deep pressure.

Some of the  comments  suggest the sensitivity is due to the distraction. Maybe some of it, but it’s the thing itself  that gets me.


Here’s the links                                                                            

ADHD sensitivities

ADHD sensitivities  2

it’s not just us

sensory integration dysfunction

emotional and physical

That would bother me!

 Crystal responds that her son hates silverware scraping on the plate. I had forgotten that one! Especially when they’re sawing something with a knife and trying to cut the plate.

About doug with ADHD

I am a psychiatric physician. I learned I have ADHD at age 64, and then wrote two ADHD books for adults, focusing on strategies for making your life better. I just published my first novel, Alma Means Soul. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at, or (for e books) Living Daily With Adult ADD or ADHD: 365 Tips O the Day ( e-book). This is one tip at a time, one page at a time, at your own pace. It's meant to last a year. As a child, I was a bully. Then there was a transformation. Now I am committed to helping people instead abusing them. The Bully was published in January, 2016. It's in print or e book, on Amazon.
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7 Responses to ADD ADHD and hypersensitive — ADD Tip O the Day 539

  1. I struggle with those things, too. I also can’t stand turtle neck shirts, layers of clothes or sleeves too long. I don’t like necklaces – they make me feel like I’m choking. I don’t mind bracelets and earrings. I hate background noise when I’m working, especially music. I had a small fan running the other day while I was blogging and turned it off after about 3 minutes. I couldn’t stand the air blowing on me or the noise. When I’m at church, if the music is loud, it gives me a headache. And the boom boom music you hear in cars driving by nearly sends me through the roof. I’m not sure I could go to a concert because the loud, booming music makes my heart race. Oh, my gosh! I sound SO messed up!!!

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    • Homey – I don’t think you sound messed up, just sensitive. I’m still trying to figure if that’s just a part of ADD ADHD or something separate but I know it’s real.
      Thank you for commenting.


      • I forgot I can’t handle fragrance either. It gives me a headache. Fortunately my husband is the same way (no ADHD for him) so it works for us. Sometimes at public events we have to move if someone is nearby with a LOT of perfume.

        Once I had a co-worker who work a lot. We worked closely together and I finally said something to her. I just told her about my sensitivity and what effect it had on me and she toned it down a bit. She didn’t seem offended, thank goodness. I hated to say anything but I was getting so sick.

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  3. Scott- yeah, I’m not that fond of high-pitched noises either. Thank you for the compliment, glad you like the blog, hope it’s helpful.
    And as always, thank you for the comment.


  4. Scott Marckx says:

    High pitched noises do it for me, like pennywhistle in a small room. I actually like pennywhistle, just not in close quarters. Sometimes, when I’m really still, in a quiet place, even the ringing in my ears can bug me. Then I have to really concentrate on perspective to get out of that feedback loop.
    Thanks Doug for your great blog!
    All the best,

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