anxiety and HSP (hyper sensitive person)

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anxiety and HSP (hyper sensitive person)
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Sat, 09-08-2012 - 11:09am

Don't know if this will help abyone but it helped me a lot last year.  Here is a link to a book (I found it at my library) http://www.amazon.com/Highly-Sensitive-Person-Elaine-Ph-D/dp/0553062182/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1347116707&sr=8-1&keywords=hypersensitive+person

 

It's about being a hyper sensitive person - smells, internal feelings, chaos, sleep deprivation, etc.  Pretty much everything.  It explained a lot of what was making me anxious - not everything but a lot - I feel everything in my body - every ache, pain and stomach rumble and I would freak out about them all.  Smells really got to me and I would often feel dizzy and panicky at restaurants - I realized it was because I would smell everything from my dinner to the person's coffee near me to the BO of the waiter.  It was overwhelming.  Target and other big store with their lights.  Once I read the book, I really started to understand that I didn't have to panic in these situations - that I was NORMAL (for me, at least) and it really helped me get through those situations without a panic attack.  Maybe it will help someone else too.

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Wed, 09-12-2012 - 8:33pm

Thanks Ms Buzz!

I have a super sensative sense of smell as well.  I just recently found out that there are people out there that get paid for that talent.  I never thought of it as a talent.  I always thought it was pretty cool that I can smell 'warm' because it has saved us more than once from electrical fires.  

I think it is extremely important that people understand that bright neon lights and strobing lights can aggrevate anxiety as well as any hyper activity disorders.  I think it is important to know so that we can prepare ourselves for those situations.  I don't like being blind-sided by this sort of stuff.  

Knowing makes it so much better imho.  

I'm also a big fan of libraries.  Coolest places on Earth.  

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