Every website,every discussion,every interview about Sensory Processing Disorder is an opportunity to answer the question for someone,somewhere,who has been wondering all their life,“What’s wrong with me?”

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Yes! Adults can be Over-Responsive to Sound in the Grocery Store

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Before I learned I was an adult with Sensory Processing Disorder,specifically hypersensitivity (or sensory defensiveness) I had no idea how over-responsive I was to sound.

Screaming children weren’t the only thing I hated about the supermarket. All in all,food shopping topped my list of dreaded activities. I’d rather have my liver biopsied – at least they give you drugs for that.

“You spoiled brat,” The voice of reason interjected. “Do you realize the majority of the world would trade a kidney for unfettered access to abundant food?”

Yes,I realized that. And feeling bad about myself did not make grocery

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Addiction and Adult SPD –Prelude

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SPD?  Addiction? A match cast in my neurons before I was born.

Although it has been many years since I imbibed in any recreational drug,including alcohol,I must admit to a somewhat sullied past regarding controlled substances.

Please remember,addiction is just a point on a long continuum of when and why a person uses a psychotropic.

The first step on that continuum is the discovery that the substance solves a problem. A person with an undiagnosed or unmanaged sensory processing disorder has plenty of problems,chief among them – little to no control over how she reacts,how

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Addiction and Adult SPD Part 1 – Caffeine,Nicotine and More

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I have a poignant love/hate relationship with caffeine – as I do with all mind-altering substances. I am convinced sensory processing disorder is intertwined in its roots.

Caffeine was not my first love. That was nicotine. I didn’t become a full-fledged caffeine addict until I quit smoking marijuana. I was a one-dependency-at-a-time girl – for the most part. I quit smoking cigarettes when I started seriously smoking weed in 1979. When I quit smoking weed for good (that time) in 1987,I was afraid I would go back to cigarettes. I had small children so I made the very rational

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If Sensory Processing Disorder had been in the DSM

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Had Sensory Processing Disorder been in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual my life would have changed when I left home to go to college. There,my first act of total independence was to go to the psychology building at the university and ask for help.

“Can you please tell me what’s wrong with me?” I asked the head of the department.

Growing up,I was “a problem.” I didn’t fall asleep or wake up like I was supposed to. Fancy clothes made me itch and complain. I did my best to avoid group activities. In school,I couldn’t keep my

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Sensory Defensive Nail Trimming –an Adventure in Motherhood

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It is for the moms of young SPD children that I write about nail trimming. To anyone who would judge me for writing about such a ridiculously trite topic,I ask,“What the hell are you doing on my blog,anyway?”

So,Moms,let me bestow upon you 50 years of high-sensitivity nail trimming experience.

I work with my hands:I draw,type,sew,catch Frisbees,garden –things I cannot do comfortably or efficiently with long nails. When the nails get to a length where they interfere with my daily activities,or (more accurately) when they bother me unrelentingly,

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Sensory Defensive Nervous System –drawing

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I created a drawing that illustrates how a person with a “sensory defensive” nervous system may react differently to ordinary stimuli than a person with a “normal”nervous system.

Feel free to print it. Sometimes we need a drawing to explain to others what it’s like.

Click here to open the printable PDF