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How Can a Parent Figure Out if their Child has Misophonia?

As an individual with misophonia, a mother of an adult child with misophonia, and a coping skills counselor, I know how hard it is to find doctors who are familiar with this disorder. As many of you know, misophonia is not in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) or in the new…
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Misophonia, Misokinesia, and the Brain

In the past few years, we have experienced breakthrough research in misophonia. First, we saw Dr. Sukhbinder Kumar’s et al.’s study “The Brain Basis for Misophonia” (2017). This exciting study added compelling evidence that the brains of individuals with misophonia are different from the brains of those without the disorder. Recently, Dr. Arjan Schröder and…
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Misokinesia, or “Visual Triggers”

I’d like to first start by saying that misokinesia (hatred of movement) is a term that oversimplifies things. Research-wise, there’s not enough to go on to say whether or not visual triggers are different from misophonia. They might both be related, they could be part of SPD, or they could be two interlinked disorders. The…
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As a Psychiatrist or Psychologist How Can I Treat Misophonia?

As a psychologist or psychiatrist, you are likely to be searching for ways to help your patients, and treat misophonia. Most-often, doctors and LPCs faced with misophonic patients have never heard of the disorder before now. This can lead to assumptions and inappropriate ‘treatment’ regimes. I commend you for seeking answers for your patients! I…
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What are Misophonia Triggers?

Triggers for misophonia are unique to the individual. However, there are some that been reported by many. This does not mean one person will have all the triggers, or that they will not have other misophonia triggers. Misophonia triggers are events that set off the fight/flight/freeze portion of the brain. Since misophonia is most-likely neurological,…
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How Do I Get a Misophonia Diagnosis?

Because misophonia is not currently in the DSM-5 (the standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health professionals in the U.S), finding a misophonia diagnosis is nearly, if not literally, impossible. Because of insurance codes, American medicine relies on diagnostic codes to classify disorders. However, this is changing. More and more conditions are being…
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Is Misophonia Genetic?

What can modern genetic theory tell us about misophonia? Is misophonia genetic? At a basic scientific level, the answer is “we don’t know”. This answer is because misophonia has yet to be fully researched. Because of this, answers are still lacking. However, before scientists can even answer this question it is important to for the…
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Misophonia is not just a chewing disorder!

So many people refer to misophonia as a disorder in which people aversively respond to chewing and breathing. There has been a culture that has conformed to the idea of “chewing rage”, unfortunately this does not tell the entire story. While there seems to be a high incidence of severe reactivity to chewing and other…
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Misophonia Symptoms and Signs

Misophonia symptoms do not necessarily follow a strict pattern. Sufferers experience a mixed-range of misophonia symptoms and triggers and are often faced with varying degrees of discomfort. If you believe you may have the disorder you can use this check-list. The following are common characteristics that have been reported by misophonia sufferers. Currently there are…
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How To Explain Misophonia

Do you want to explain Misophonia to others, but have trouble bringing it up? When you know that you have to tell a person about your disorder (especially trying to explain Misophonia), it can be stressful – the anxiety, fear, and anticipation can be enough to keep your mouth firmly shut, and continue your suffering.…
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