Getting Relief

Celexa vs Wellbutrin

The Transition from Wellbutrin to Celexa for Anxiety

ShareI’m starting a new life today. In my new life, when I wake up at 4 in the morning, I get out of bed, drink a cup of warm soy milk and write down the words that elude me the rest of the hours of the day. I’ve been fighting this new life with its …

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Sensory Modulation - Exhaustion or Depression

Sensory Modulation Disorder and Depression? Move It! Move It! Move It!

Share“In 1979, I needed to learn more than biology or chemistry or how to deconstruct literature. I needed to learn how to navigate my life as an adult with a sensory modulation and sensory motor disorder.” – Lane “Can you take me to a doctor?” I said into the brown plastic hand piece of my princess …

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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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Cockroach on the Freeway!

Stimming with Cockroach on Freeway

ShareI caught motion in my peripheral vision – driver’s side window. It was over an inch and a half long, reddish brown. It was in the car with me as I drove 65 mph in the middle of six lanes of freeway traffic. But first… I was driving home from my weekly writer’s critique group. …

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New technology for diagnosing Sensory Processing Disorder?

ShareMarketers and scientists love to measure arousal. Arousal – whether Lizzy is alerted or sleeping through a specific environmental cue is a key component of Sensory Processing Disorder. In the olden days researchers corralled subjects into laboratories and attached electrodes to their bodies. They introduced potentially interesting objects or situations and then watched as pens …

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My Blanket

ShareFor those of you reading about weighted blankets for the first time, professionals suggest twenty minutes under a weighted blanket has a calming effect. It will smooth tangled senses and refresh an overwhelmed mind. I use mine once or twice for a quick refresher, on a good day.  I use it every hour on a bad …

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Squeezed into Calm

ShareI have heard multiple interviews with Temple Grandin, on NPR, over the years. When she talked about her cattle squeezing machine, I found it interesting on an intellectual plane. It never occurred to me that deep sustained pressure might help me. Mostly because I felt I had very little in common with Grandin; she has …

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Getting Relief

ShareI have evolved a complicated routine for “resting.” Exhaustion is a common byproduct of every type of SPD. The past few years, it has followed me like a stealthy phantom, waiting for any opportunity to jump out of the shadows and take over my body. When I was young I was pretty adept at ignoring …

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