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

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Mother of the Bright Star – Movie for a Highly Sensitive Adult

ShareI watched a lovely movie last night, Bright Star, the story of Fanny Brawne’s love affair with the poet John Keats. More than a historical romance, this was a work of visual and emotional art that celebrated deep immersion in the sensory world. I give this movie my highest rating – 5 stars. It’s not …

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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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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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Sensory Processing, Arousal & Rumsfeld

ShareWhen anything moves in the backyard, Rumsfeld, the 75-pound poodle, leaps to attention. His DNA was programmed over eons to be ready at any moment to eat, defend against or have sex with anything that moves. In Rumsfeld’s canine world, motion equals novelty. Novelty creates “arousal,” a power surge in the nervous system. His body …

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Lost 2 – Dead Reckoning

ShareOrienting ourselves in space is one of the most complex activities our brains perform. It relies on a myriad of cognitive functions. Different individuals rely on different mechanisms to perform this challenging feat, everything from observation and memorization to intuition. If you have no “intuition” for it, you must rely on complex cognitive functions to …

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