6 Symptoms of Misophonia

The sound of nails on a chalkboard can produce a cringing reaction from many people. But for some, certain sound-based triggers can produce negative reactions much harsher and stronger. The disorder known as Misophonia (directly translated: Hatred of Sound) is a condition where specific sounds provoke abnormally powerful negative reactions in sufferers.

It’s important to understand that Misophonia isn’t triggered by all sounds. For someone suffering from it, it will usually be one or a few specific sounds that causes the reaction, with no abnormal reaction to other sounds.

When a sufferer hears a noise that triggers him or her, it causes a reaction that ranges from moderate irritation or discomfort to extreme rage or panic. Misophonia sufferers can be fully aware that their reactions are far stronger than the situation would seem to dictate, but this doesn’t prevent them from having the reaction.

1. Anger

Anger characterizes the frequent reaction to being triggered by a particular sound. A person suffering from Misophonia often feels an irrational and disproportionate anger or even rage upon hearing a trigger sound. This anger reaction will occur any time the sufferer is exposed to it.

From a physical standpoint, a Misophonia sufferer may feel pressure in the chest, or elsewhere in the body. They may feel muscle tightness and an increase in body temperature. They also may experience an increase in blood pressure and a faster heart beat. Any or all of those symptoms will be accompanying the anger they’re experiencing.

The spectrum of anger can run from closer to irritation all the way to near-uncontrollable rage, but any feelings along these lines can be a symptom of Misophonia. People suffering from Misophonia usually tend to be aware of the fact that their reactions are problematic, but nevertheless the sounds will provoke these feelings of anger.

Misophonia sufferers may or may not direct their anger at the person or object responsible for the noise. In some cases, a person with Misophonia may aggressively confront or lash out at the source of the triggering noise, while in other cases the anger may be internalized or manifested in some other way.