Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight
About the Book
Introduction: Too Sensitive for Your Own Good (excerpt)
???Relax,??? people would tell Dr. H., a college professor, ???stop letting everything bother you.??? But she couldn???t and she didn???t know why. The labels in her clothing, the sound of someone opening a bag of potato chips, the odor of her new car, the flashing pointer on the computer screen, the computer???s hovering noise ??? everything seemed to drive her crazy.
Driving in traffic, or going to the mall, a restaurant or even to a friend???s could feel like maneuvering through a sensory minefield and at times she needed to brace herself to go out. Her skin, ears, eyes, nose, taste buds, and teeth were all overly sensitive.
What???s life like for everyone else, she wondered?
She felt old, vulnerable, and weighted down by a pervasive underlying sense of terror. By turns drained and wired, by the end of the day her body was exhausted but her insides vibrated. At night she was unable to rest or concentrate but would lie awake for hours, hoping she could quiet her nerves enough to face another day. Why couldn???t she shut out unwanted sensations and relax?
It wasn???t for lack of trying. She took yoga, practiced deep breathing exercises, used aromatherapy and tried to meditate. But during yoga, the overhead lights, the whirring of the air conditioner, the rough carpet touching her feet, the body odors of others in the group, and her instructor???s squeaky voice would grate on her nerves, even when she was not unduly stressed. During meditation, noises slit open her inner sanctum. If her cat brushed her arm with his whiskers, her skin crept and she had to break from the stillness to rub the spot. Moreover, whatever relaxation these activities afforded seemed short lived.
She worried that this might be as good as it gets.
Fortunately, it isn???t. I am Dr. H. This book is my attempt to enlighten others whose senses are also in overdrive and explain why this happens, what it means, and what they can do about it.
Posted January 10, 2013 at 1:22 PM