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 Transition from Wellbutrin to Celexa for Anxiety

Celexa vs Wellbutrin

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I’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 4am wakeup time for weeks now. I am a person who must have at least eight hours of sleep each night. Otherwise,I chug through my day cranky,sore and brittle with despair.

It was never uncommon for me to wake every couple of hours,

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Understanding the Occupational Therapy Needs of Adults with Sensory Processing Disorder

Adult with Sensory Processing Disorder

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SPD does not magically disappear with childhood. Problems with sensory processing are commonly found in adults.

The American Occupational Therapy Association published an article in the June 6th,2011 edition of the journal “OT Practice” that summarized the results of dozens of studies confirming reality for adults who live with SPD.  [Open PDF in separate window]

Although we adults often develop coping strategies,Sensory Processing Disorder may continue to impact aspects of our lives,from how we spend our leisure and social time to our career choices and our ability to have romantic relationships.

Informing Health Workers and Policy Makers

Most of the world

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

Sensory Modulation - Exhaustion or Depression

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“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 phone. “I’m losing my mind.”

I set the receiver into the base as gently as I could. If I wasn’t careful the ringer made a startled sound,like I had hurt it.

I sat on the sofa too weak and demoralized to do anything but

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

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Before 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 they give you drugs for that.

“You spoiled brat,” The voice of reason interjected. “Do you realize the majority of the world would trade a kidney for unfettered access to abundant food?”

Yes,I realized that. And feeling bad about myself did not make grocery

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Addiction and Adult SPD –Prelude

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SPD?  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 uses a psychotropic.

The first step on that continuum is the discovery that the substance solves a problem. A person with an undiagnosed or unmanaged sensory processing disorder has plenty of problems,chief among them – little to no control over how she reacts,how

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Stimming with Cockroach on Freeway

Cockroach on the Freeway!

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I 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. Why were so many other drivers on the Katy freeway? It was after 9 pm. Don’t these people have a life? It had been a long day;I was whipped. But it didn’t keep me from thinking of a question I heard on the Sensory

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New technology for diagnosing Sensory Processing Disorder?

Q-Sensor for diagnosing Sensory Processing Disorder?

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Marketers 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 drew colored spikes onto mile-long rolls of graph paper.

Measuring arousal is big business. Over the years equipment has become sleek and specialized. No longer confined to a laboratory,the research subject wears a wireless biosensor attached to an elastic wristband,and carries on unencumbered

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Getting Relief

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I 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 and denying exhaustion. I chalked up the horrible days I spent moving through a dark grey fog to depression. Still,I often don’t realize I am exhausted until the pain in my neck and shoulders becomes unbearable.

I eventually did learn that the proper response to

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