Thursday, November 14, 2013

I Probably Hate You....

....but don't take it personally.

Seriously, I'm about to get real with you. In order for you to conclude if part of Chelsey hates you, ask yourself these questions.

1. Have you ever enjoyed a meal with me?

2. Have you and I ever been at any function where food was provided? (Snacks, candy, etc.)

3. Do you chew with your mouth open?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, the answer is yes. I hate you. 

But don't leave yet, IT'S NOT ON PURPOSE, I PROMISE. I really don't hate you. However, you may have put me into a rage or given me extreme anxiety. I have a condition called misophonia. Basically, I cannot tolerate when I can hear people chewing. It oftentimes can extend to include, the clanking of silverware against your teeth, biting popsicles, and grinding of teeth. {These are the biggest ones that send me into angry and dark places.} 

Yes, I am aware that I do most of these things myself. They are natural, human things, yet I can hardly tolerate hearing myself doing them, let alone others. 

I used to kick my siblings under the dinner table when they would do it. I have yelled at my darling husband many times for doing it. And yesterday I almost went ape-sh!t on a client for doing it. To these poor people I would like to extend my sincerest apologies, but although my mother taught me that "by saying sorry means you'll never do it again" I can honestly tell you, I will do it again. I will try not to, but it will happen.

From what I learned through recent research: The first documented case of misophonia was in 1997. Before that, doctors just classified it as a fear of sound. {Which it isn't, I love sounds, I just can't stand to hear certain sounds.} Researchers believe that misophonia is genetically linked, it is easier to become present in people who also have traces of OCD and ADD/ADHD either in them or in their families. There isn't a certain time when misophonia starts, however it generally develops in late childhood/early adolescent years. There are currently no known "cures" for misophonia. 

As much as I would love to chomp on Otter Pops with the rest of you, I don't believe that day will ever come. 

Do any of you suffer from something crazy? It might just be real! You never know! Let me know if you are in the same boat as me, I'd love to connect with people who suffer the same!

10 comments:

  1. I have misophonia too haha! The chewing of gum is what sends me into a tailspin.

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    1. I hear ya. I could rip off someone's head for doing these stupid and innocent things!

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    2. This is Erron Chelsey's husband, I would like to let you all know that I am not allowed to eat chips in the same room as her. :( currently I fear a day will come when we will eat in separate rooms as well as sleep in separate rooms as sometimes I grind my teeth at night :'(

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  2. One of my friends has the loudest chew ever. It's not squelchy and wet-sounding or anything (ew ew ew) it's just loud. And yeah... maybe runs in families.

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    1. I really think it does! And as hard as I try not to snap at people, I really can't seem to shake it!

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  3. My SIL can't stand to hear or see people brush their teeth. Same kinda thing maybe?

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    1. Becca! That sounds like the same thing--just a different "set off." Haha by the way, I checked out your blog & I love it! Let's be friends (:

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  4. I can't stand the visual annoyance of "leg bouncers" and "foot shakers." People who bounce their legs and feet when sitting.

    There are three main offenders. There's the knee bounce (one or both knees bouncing up and down with both feet on the floor,) the foot dipping (typically from a women with her legs crossed, and the foot of the crossed leg dips down and up, often accompanied by an undeniably unnecessary extension of the knee,) and the foot shake, (often in school or office chairs, legs are crossed under the chair at the ankles, and the crossed foot is shaking back and forth.)

    The visual annoyance of this can be compared to the auditory annoyance of chewing sounds. I cannot. Stand. To see it. Even (especially) in peripheral vision. It's a problem. And a frequent point of frustration with my family members.

    I feel ya, sister.

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    1. Oh my goodness, that would almost be worse. I mean, food isn't necessarily everywhere, legs ARE...

      And I'm totally guilty of bouncing. I cross my legs all the time & when I get anxious nervous or frustrated I've noticed that the bouncing gets bigger & faster.

      I feel terrible for you, best of luck!

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