What are the symptoms of misophonia? They vary from person to person, and some sounds may cause someone to have a more intense reaction than others. Some people are triggered by one sound only, while others may have difficulties with a range of different noises.
A 2018 research study by Rouw and Erfanian suggests that the emotions associated with misophonia include:
- Stress and anxiety
- Feeling trapped
Sufferers may feel all of these to some degree, or have one dominant emotion that’s associated with sounds, such as anger, and they may feel them to a lesser or greater degree depending on how severe their misophonia is.
If you have a mild form of the condition, the signs and symptoms of misophonia for you may include feeling uncomfortable, anxious, disgusted, or having the urge to remove yourself from the situation.
People suffering from more severe misophonia may feel hatred, anger, panic, fear, rage or extreme emotional distress.
Whether you feel mild or more severe emotional symptoms of misophonia, you may also experience some physical symptoms as a result of sounds, such as the feeling of pressure in your chest, sweaty palms, an increased heart rate, or a desire to stop the person from making the sound – although it’s rare for people who suffer from misophonia to actually lash out or assault someone making a noise.
Misophonia and anxiety often go hand in hand. People who suffer from misophonia may be reluctant to put themselves into situations where they experience sounds they find irritating, which could lead to isolation. If the noise of other people eating is a trigger, for example, then you might eat your meals alone in your room, or avoid going to restaurants. That can have a big impact on your social and family life.