Patient Comments: Misophonia - Symptoms and Signs

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Comment from: MrsDebt1, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

I've had misophonia since I was probably 12 years old. People chewing gum, eating loudly or with their mouth open, clicking pens, slurping, you name it, it drove me crazy. I particularly hated it in school when others popped their gum in class. It literally enraged me, but I felt trapped. What particularly put me in rage were people (including friends and family) who did it on purpose. Why they thought it was a good idea to irritate another person just escapes me.

Comment from: Chewwithyourdamnmout, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 17

Misophonia causes feelings of hatred and rage at the sound of someone chewing with their mouth open. This is the only trigger I've noticed as loud chewing with a closed mouth doesn’t seem to bother me.

Comment from: Jeni, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

I'm sad to read so many people suffer with misophonia the same as me. Noises have bothered me all my life. My mom smacked and popped gum in my ear to break me from being bothered by it. That only made it worse. I had to go to church with my dad, he whistled the entire drive which was an hour each way. I can't stand chewing, smacking, popping, tapping, loud background music, whistling, loud breathing, snoring, and any annoying noise. I'm a very miserable person. Nothing helps.

Comment from: Spud, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 02

People eating crunchy food, carrots, chips, cauliflower, cucumbers, ice, make me want to run away. The snap of the carrot being bitten off, then the crunching for the next 30 seconds... repeat... torments me because of my misophonia. My spouse loves these foods, I don't want to hurt his/her feelings so I keep it to myself. I do not suggest this. Once a crunching situation occurred. I was drinking a beer at that time and quickly drank the contents of the can. To my surprise the irritation of the crunching eased.

Comment from: Ian, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 31

My misophonia causes blinding rage. That’s the only way to describe it. A guy in the next cubicle used to crunch on carrots. I couldn’t work for an hour a day while he did that. I couldn’t think of anything. It’s like your brain turns off.

Comment from: Budgerigar , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 27

Since about a month new neighbors have moved in next door and put a bird in a cage on the open terrace approximately 10 m from our kitchen, lounge and general living quarters. Although there is abundant birdlife around us, this particular bird with its monotonous, but penetrating peep-peep-peep sound 40 to 50 times a minute 12 hours a day, from 6 am to 6 pm drives me insane with misophonia. I have asked them to kindly move the cage in order to change the acoustics, but they have not been forthcoming. I permanently wear earplugs.

Comment from: Cam, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 03

Misophonia started for me when I was really young, maybe 6 or 7. The sound of my mom or dad chewing would drive me insane. It usually starts with me getting agitated and leads to me being going way overboard at whoever is making the sound. Chewing gum, chips, apples, etc., clicking pens, tapping feet, slurping and many more, all agitate me. I find it's worse when I am tired and/or in a quiet place (movie theater, class room, car). I've lost jobs and it has caused major problems with friends and family.

Comment from: Tuggs27, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 28

I can remember my misophonia since I was about 7 or 8, getting so upset at the sound of my dad playing his guitar that I would be reduced to tears. I was that kid telling my friends to not chew with their mouths open, I hate going to the movies because all I can focus on is the sound of people chewing and drinking and candy wrappers, and if the theatre I am in is next to an even louder movie and I can hear the low vibration type sounds coming from that movie I will spend the rest of the time getting stressed to the point of wanting to scream; I will focus on the sound. The sound of tapping nails or clicking pens irritates me. I literally get angry when I hear most of these sounds. The absolute worst though, was an old neighbor. He would play loud bass music from his car for what seemed like hours while he would just stand out there staring at his car. One day while this was going on I became belligerent, I was screaming at my roommates, screaming at my boyfriend, and pacing the house passive aggressively looking out my window at the neighbor while he sat out there oblivious to just how much he was annoying me. It has had a huge negative effect on my current relationship and has been the root of many arguments (his loud breathing and snoring).

Comment from: Rene', 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 29

Misophonia started for me when I was a young child probably around 9 or 10, I am now 49. Gum cracking, crunching, chewing, nail tapping, pen clicking, any repetitious noises drive me up a wall. I either have to leave the room or put on earphones and listen to music to drown out that particular noise. I find myself apologizing for this often, but I can't help it, even if I see a repetitive motion in my view, like a cat licking itself or wiggling of a foot drives me crazy! I hate it that all this bothers me, but it seems it's going to stick with me for the rest of my life! Ugh!

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Comment from: Suffering, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 27

I don't remember when I started with misophonia. But, as a kid, I couldn't handle listening to my father chew. I sat with my left side to my father and would have my hand over my ear to block the sound. My mother was always screaming at me to put my hand down. I could not. There are people who I would never have dinner or socialize with because of the noises they make. When I hear certain noises my body twists in pain and my temper rises uncontrollably. I need to leave that area right away and get to a quiet place. I don't like music, it sets me off. I have to sit in the last row in the movie theater so I can't hear people eating. I would have to say that over the years my misophonia has gotten worse. I didn't know there was a name for this condition or it was a condition. It is a condition that has affected my entire life and the people around me. I hope this helps someone who has the same condition.

Comment from: NanaJosie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I experience anxiety and anger with my misophonia. I have experienced symptoms since I was a young child. Loud chewing or other noises associated with eating, my husband's gnawing at his fingernails, and people sniffing are my main triggers. I have been able to control my responses until recently. I find that I am now at a stage where I have to leave the room in order to escape the situation and to control my responses. I haven't been able to talk about this with anyone.

Comment from: CC, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 11

This individual who has misophonia 'snaps' (exhibits anger and intense irritation) at the slightest sounds of chewing. Any chewing noise or related sounds in the mouth causes a negative outburst.

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