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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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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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

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

Bright Star

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I 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 a rating I give lightly;there are only a handful of movies that ever earned it.

As a sensory defensive adult,movies are more likely to offend my senses than to delight them.

I cannot bear the physical torture of sizzling my synapses with dizzying,flashing,

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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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