The post on rejection sensitivity dysphoria (RSD) lead to the post on emotional hypersensitivity but we ADHDers are hypersensitive to many things, not just emotions.
I’m hypersensitive to noise in general, and certain noises in particular. Certain smells. Even my pet peeves could be an example of hypersensitivity, probably based on irritability, which could also be a part of hypersensitivity.
There are also positive examples of hypersensitivity. There are certain sounds that I really like, like my tapping in rhythms, or making a glass ring, and I can spend time just making them to enjoy them. A slight touch of autism?- I don’t think so, although there is an overlap of ADHD and autism genes.
We could be hypersensitive because our frontal lobes may not do a good job of tamping down our amygdala; controlling our emotions. Or of tuning out distractions, which I call the gating function, which I think is a big part of schizophrenia.
Our strategies can come from being aware of our hypersensitivities, like dealing with irritability for example
Pet Peeve Number Two:
Representative on the phone, after my long long wait: “Thank you for your patience.”
Me: “Who in the hell told you I have patience? I’ve never had any patience.”
Poem O the Day:
I’ve gained so much weight
It’s a terrible thing to see
I blame it all on the virus
What else could it possibly be?
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