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The Madness Memoir – Adult SPD

ShareSometimes we just have to laugh at ourselves… As an adult with sensory processing disorder, I am contemplating a memoir with each chapter named after a mental illness found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Each chapter could highlight a scene or reflection that illustrated how that mental illness manifested in my life. …

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Books! For adults with SPD

ShareThe adults I meet on SPD forums (with few exceptions) love to read. I hope none of my loved ones will be too offended when I announce to the world… books have always been, and still are, my best friends. I love an excellent book, fiction or nonfiction. Good fiction is filled with characters who …

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Coming Soon! The Sensory-Friendly Section of your Favorite Restaurant

ShareIt feels like we sensory defensive adults only have two options: deal with the crazy overwhelming world the way it is or keep a safe distance away. Imagine there was a restaurant in your neighborhood that had a special spot for sensitive people, a section of the restaurant out of the main traffic area. Imagine it …

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

ShareBefore 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 …

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Addiction and Adult SPD – Prelude

ShareSPD?  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 …

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

ShareI 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 …

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If Sensory Processing Disorder had been in the DSM

ShareHad 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 …

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Sensory Defensive Nail Trimming – an Adventure in Motherhood

ShareIt 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. …

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Sensory Defensive Nervous System – drawing

Share 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

Sensory Processing Disorder verses Autism

ShareWhat is the difference between Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD)? People with SPD & ASD exhibit difficulties with high-level tasks involving the integration of different brain areas. Specifically, both disorders result from transmission glitches in the long distance neural pathways that connect different brain areas. Excellent connections result in smooth perceptions …

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