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Old 08-29-2017, 12:59 PM   #1
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I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 10 (with other learning disabilities). I also have had the diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety and depression along the way. I have managed to combat my ADHD symptoms and am not on any medication right now.

For the past 7 years I have worked beside a restaurant that blasts music. We have given up complaining to them and the landlord. Nobody cares.

Right now this music (the bass, the beats) is driving me absolutely crazy. I want to punch the walls. I want to go over and yell at them. I CANNOT block this sound out.

This has been an ongoing issue. I HATE NOISE, especially repetitive noises like ticking clocks, clicky shoes and basketballs. These thing actually enrage me and I cannot tune them out, I get so tense I end up with a headache. My neighbor snores and I can hear it through the wall and I end up smacking the wall because it's so annoying, my baby sleeps in the room with me and I have actually woken her up because I am trying to get the stupid neighbor to wake up and stop snoring.

I do my best to block noise out. At work I have a fan on right now trying to block it out-but of course it's bass that I am hearing so it's hard. Ear plugs won't help. At home with the snoring neighbor I have a white noise machine and I turn my head to the bottom of the bed, but my daughter sleeps with me a lot so I end up having to turn back to the side the neighbor is on because my daughter might roll out of bed if I am on the other side. I cannot move my bed to another wall because of vents and things. My husband doesn't sleep in the bed because he snores loud and likes to watch tv when he falls asleep which I can't deal with.

I am curious, do these kinds of noises bug anyone to the degree that they bug me? Is this an ADHD thing? Because I honestly think the level to which they bother me are similar to how much noises can bother someone with autism. I don't think I have autism, but I am just curious because I seriously go mental with noise. I have tried to explain it to people but nobody gets it. It's not a minor irritation, it's seriously causing me distress.

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I don't know if it's na ADHD thng or not. I'm bipolar and noise drives me nuts too. I being earplugs when I go to a movie. I have to grit my teeth from wanting to smack people who crack their chewing gum. Some people are hyper sensitive to noise. I wish I knew what to tell you but I don't
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I don't know either if it has anything to do with ADHD. I had an upstairs neighbor, once, years ago, that blasted music with a really heavy bass beat to it...drove me absolutely nuts. One day, I put my nine inch nails CD on shuffle, turned it way up on the stereo, and left. Came home the next day to peace and quiet. Didn't have any trouble after that!
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Me too like especially crinkling of a chip bag or scraping of a knife. Smacking food is the worst though. i know how you feel.
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Sensory stuff like misophonia is common in ADHD, yeah. I deal with it. I don't know what to offer RE: sleep because your bases are pretty well covered as far as circumstances will allow.

TL;DR, People naturally have a split attention, with the majority going towards what we're deliberately turning our focus to, and the rest going to idly surveying the environment. With ADHD, we can't really filter out useless information like someone else's noise. Things that eat up the rest of that attention are really helpful--that's probably why white noise is useful for you. I've found that steady, predictable stimming/fidgeting or putting on my own rhythmic music helps me cope with external stimulus I can't control. If I know what to expect, it's easier to ignore.

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I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 10 (with other learning disabilities). I also have had the diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety and depression along the way. I have managed to combat my ADHD symptoms and am not on any medication right now.

For the past 7 years I have worked beside a restaurant that blasts music. We have given up complaining to them and the landlord. Nobody cares.

Right now this music (the bass, the beats) is driving me absolutely crazy. I want to punch the walls. I want to go over and yell at them. I CANNOT block this sound out.

This has been an ongoing issue. I HATE NOISE, especially repetitive noises like ticking clocks, clicky shoes and basketballs. These thing actually enrage me and I cannot tune them out, I get so tense I end up with a headache. My neighbor snores and I can hear it through the wall and I end up smacking the wall because it's so annoying, my baby sleeps in the room with me and I have actually woken her up because I am trying to get the stupid neighbor to wake up and stop snoring.

I do my best to block noise out. At work I have a fan on right now trying to block it out-but of course it's bass that I am hearing so it's hard. Ear plugs won't help. At home with the snoring neighbor I have a white noise machine and I turn my head to the bottom of the bed, but my daughter sleeps with me a lot so I end up having to turn back to the side the neighbor is on because my daughter might roll out of bed if I am on the other side. I cannot move my bed to another wall because of vents and things. My husband doesn't sleep in the bed because he snores loud and likes to watch tv when he falls asleep which I can't deal with.

I am curious, do these kinds of noises bug anyone to the degree that they bug me? Is this an ADHD thing? Because I honestly think the level to which they bother me are similar to how much noises can bother someone with autism. I don't think I have autism, but I am just curious because I seriously go mental with noise. I have tried to explain it to people but nobody gets it. It's not a minor irritation, it's seriously causing me distress.

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Noise really bugs me too, similar to you.. Can't concentrate/focus on tasks or in conversations.... & seems almost every little tick, click & other noise, is bothering me more & more lately... Getting worse & worse every since I took a Vacation from my Meds🙄🙄
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There is actually a condition for this and I have it as well. I can't stand any kind of repetitive noises, clicking, sometimes even the sounds of some people's voices make me want to pull my hair out and I have an anxiety disorder, major depressive disorder, etc. Here is what it's called:
Misophonia, literally "hatred of sound", was proposed in 2000 as a condition in which negative emotions, thoughts, and physical reactions are triggered by specific sounds. It is also called "select sound sensitivity syndrome" and "sound-rage".
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I'm ADHD & Bi-Polar; I too have trouble with noise, especially bass. I had one neighbor, who would play his base music, & I would get really nervous; actually going into a panic attack! I also had another neighbor, who was a jazz dance teacher, & the repetitive movements did the same thing (as well as knocking the ceiling fan down in the living room!). I would have to move to another room, so she wouldn't be right over me. I find it disturbing when a get near a car that plays that bass noise.

After these attacks, my husband, did some research & found out that it was some sort of sound disorder, i.e. sensitivity to sound. (He recently emailed me an article about this subject!)

For years, I had a radio that I played 24 hours a day. If I was lucky, I could have a radio at work & I always used head phones for it.

What's really strange, I contracted a virus that caused mid-range hearing loss. I have problems hearing the frequencies that hearing speech falls into, but I can hear very low frequencies (bass) & very high frequencies. (Certain loud sounds, especially children screaming, makes my ear feel like someone is stabbing a pencil in it!) I can hear & understand a whisper but a face to face sentence is garbled.

I wear hearing aids to correct it. The hearing aids also have a "tinnitus" feature (I have a bit of it), which has a variety of sounds to mask tinnitus. There are several different sounds, but I have mine set to "waves crashing against the beach" & discovered that it helps with noise problem & helps with my concentration!
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I am curious, do these kinds of noises bug anyone to the degree that they bug me?
Yes. I have always been very sensitive to noise. Noise stresses me out and drives me crazy. I sleep with music cause of it.

I heard autists are also sensitive to noise. I was diagnosed with APD (audio processing disorder) when I was little, and I know those are sensitive to noise, too.

White noise does help a lot. Sorry you're going through that OP. I know how aggravating it is.
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I am relieved to hear that I am not the only one with this noise issue. Have been diagnosed with inattentive ADHD. i have been aware of noise issues since childhood. Dad vs. Pat(my name) constantly confused by this. Difficulty hearing on the phone. Went to a Doctor years ago for hearing test (audiologist put me in soundproof room and had me listen to words pronounced slowly and articulated every syllable) of course I aced that test. Doctor said I needed to pay more ttention when people spoke or I answered the phone (Say WHAT)? When we 1st were married my husband was involved in racing for himself and go karts with his son. The sound would get me so angry, I could have pushed in someone's face. (Never did but wanted to). Thought this was only my bizarre reaction to certain noises. Barking of hound dogs. It's not the short term, it's the ongoing sounds that disturb me. Thank you for sharing your experiences. It has helped.
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