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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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 Part 1 – Caffeine,Nicotine and More

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I 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 the most part. I quit smoking cigarettes when I started seriously smoking weed in 1979. When I quit smoking weed for good (that time) in 1987,I was afraid I would go back to cigarettes. I had small children so I made the very rational

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Sensory Defensive Nail Trimming –an Adventure in Motherhood

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It 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.

I work with my hands:I draw,type,sew,catch Frisbees,garden –things I cannot do comfortably or efficiently with long nails. When the nails get to a length where they interfere with my daily activities,or (more accurately) when they bother me unrelentingly,

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Motion Sickness

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As a child,I suffered severe motion sickness. This presented a problem for my mother who was known to wake up any morning and (preschooler in tow) spontaneously drive across the country in her Mercury.

When I was four, Janie discovered Dramamine.  Since I couldn’t swallow a pill and chewing it was out of the question,she crushed the vile yellow powder in a spoonful of water. Car loaded with overnight bags and five hundred miles worth of Cokes, Janie stood in front of me with the watery spoonful of Dramamine in one hand and a cookie in the other.

“Come on,” she’d

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