I was randomly poking through 23andme after getting an email from them about new relatives when I saw this report. At long last – I could prove my uncontrollable hatred of sound!

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Truly, this was a RELIEF to see. For as long as I can remember, this has been an issue for me. I always felt insane as I’d grapple sitting at the dinner table listening to my family madly chew their food. Me in a blind rage – them completely unaware. I’ve often had to leave rooms just at the sight of a family member reaching for a glass of water knowing the sound of them swallowing would soon make my heart pound. I’ve begged my mom to just wait until I’m out of a room before she begins eating something. It’s absolutely terrible and there’s no cure that I can find.

To better adapt, I’ve started playing music during meals if I’m one on one with someone. They tend to not mind and it at least distracts my little ABSURD brain from beginning to freak out.

Oh how I wish this was not something I dealt with – thank goodness I work remotely.

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