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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Organization or Obsession?

Visual System using PostIts

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What happens when a person is unable to adequately filter or sort sensory information from her environment?

She spends a lot of time feeling threatened.

Not emotionally threatened but physically threatened. Her body reacts to sensory input. She can tell herself,“You’re fine,relax.” Other people can tell her. But all the emotional soothing in the world can’t change the fact that,when she is in a sensory intense environment,stress hormones are being released into her bloodstream and her central nervous system is reacting. She is growing increasingly more uncomfortable and if she doesn’t control her exposure she is

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The Madness Memoir –Adult SPD

Lane Reads the DSM for Memoir Madness

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Sometimes 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. I could have a chapter for:learning disabilities,major depressive disorder,Asperger syndrome,obsessive/compulsive disorder,hypomania,substance abuse,anxiety,etc. I could also have chapters for disorders which have not yet been named,categorized or quantified. Like the one my friend,the sociology major,and

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Books! For adults with SPD

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The 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 will do what they will do,regardless of how I feel about it. Because there are no expectations to taint my relationship with a fictional character,I feel no guilt,no stress and no regret. There is no social unease. I don’t have to worry

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Discovering the Moon –the atypical brain

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When I was eleven years old,living in Albuquerque,NM,I witnessed a total eclipse of the moon. Let me preface this by saying,the sky in New Mexico is different than anywhere else I’ve been. There is something that goes beyond its cluster of fine qualities;more than just being bluer,having more stars,and a richer palate from which to color its sunsets. It is a sky that inspires art. Nowhere,in my opinion,is there a more perfect place for viewing the moon.

The eclipse occurred just after the full moon rose above the horizon in the

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