Dutch research into the mental illness misophonia has been awarded an Ig Nobel Prize.

Misophonia is a condition in which people become aggressive with certain sounds, such as smacking, sneezing or slurping.

People with misophonia or parents who had to deal with it responded to the NUjij reaction platform and told how the condition affects their lives.

Misophonia is different from an irritation

Luca__Kijmen: "I myself have had misophonia since I was a child and have also been receiving treatment at the AMC. For people who are not familiar with it: there is a difference between finding a sound equally annoying or dirty and misophonia. The condition controls your life. even if there is no sound. "

"Often when I tell someone that I have it, I often get the response 'I have it too'. But people sometimes do not understand that misophonia is just that little bit different from an irritation when you hear a sound. Misophonia goes off. by, you have a constant fear of the triggers (sounds). You are always 100 percent alert with a hyper focus. "

"My biggest trigger is the noise from my neighbors. Because of this I am always alert and stressed when I am at home. Even when I am not at home because you know that you have to go home again. My friend's sneezing is also a problem. big trigger. Stimuli develop over the years and misophonia also makes you judge very quickly. If someone smacks hard, I don't like them. It's difficult to change that. "

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Reaction to sounds not only mentally, but also physically

Pivobivo: "In addition to misophonia, I have a problem with filtering incoming stimuli, so that I cannot mentally suppress sounds. This even makes me irritated when I hear myself eating, something your brain normally filters out."

"For most people it is a problem when they hear others eating, but I also have it with pets or other noises. Apple had a crinkling noise when the bin was emptied, which I can't bear. If I had to remove something, then I hit mute before I did. "

"The reaction to all these sounds is not only mental, but also physical. Sometimes I get an adrenaline boost, as if I was being attacked. One time I am completely tight with tension, at other times I am sick and sick of the sound. Or I get the same chills when your sugar level plummets and at the same time get goosebumps. It's not at all rational and I realize that. Yet after thirty years I still get this. "

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'Diagnosis gave peace in the family'

Bovenste_onder: "We always thought that our daughter (now nineteen years old) would act when she once again - and sometimes desperately - complained about internal eating noises. When she was diagnosed with misophonia, it brought a lot of peace to the family."

"Now she leaves the table when she is finished and the noises around her become too much for her. If the ambient noise drowns out the eating noises, then nothing is wrong, or at least, she is not complaining. Silly, misophonia."

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Problems at school

Margaretha_Spijkers: "Our fifteen-year-old daughter is increasingly hindered by it, we are very worried. Sitting in class is terrible for her, with thirty students turning their noses."

"She is in class with earplugs and headphones, we don't really know what can help her to relieve her. School is involved and thinks along very well, but it is very difficult."

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