Does the sound of listening to someone eat or even breathe really bother you.? Anger and even high levels of anxiety to such everyday sounds may indicate you have a condition called misophonia. Michelle R. Berman, MD, editor of the medical information site CelebrityDiagnosis.com, has explained that misophonia usually begins at the ages of 10 to 12. It has been observed that the closer the emotional relationship between the person reacting to a noise and the person creating the sound, the stronger the reaction level.
Though most experts believe misophonia cannot be cured, there are a number of treatments including, antianxiety medication, habituation therapy and cognitive therapy. This is an issue I have worked with a number of times using hypnotherapy. In almost every case, the client was around 10 or 11. The cases did tend to involve the eating or breathing of a family member. In most cases, the family member was a parent. In one case, I recall, it was a sibling.
Though misophonia cannot be cured, it is certainly worth trying a treatment to relieve the symptoms. Hypnotherapy can be of particular value because it is brief therapy and does not involve medications. If those intimate sounds connected with eating and breathing are bothering you or a loved one, seek help and BE WELL,