I just found out about SPD a few days ago. I was on another forum and someone asked about where to get weighted blankets for their child and I was intrigued because I love weight and a weighted blanket sounds amazing. (When I was little I had a tent bed sheet and I would fill
the tent with enough blankets to smoosh me and it felt so good falling asleep was easy).
After the explanation for the weighted blanket came out to be for Sensory issues I looked around.
I found this adult checklist: http://www.sensory-processing-disord...checklist.html
Have any of you done the checklist? Have any of you been evaluated professionally?
I was shocked after I went thru it. I think there's some confirmation bias to it and I think, like others have mentioned above, it probably only "matters" if it affects your life negatively; but it sure seems like a good place to start.
My number one issue is being overwhelmed by too many sensations at once. I can handle up to two sounds, but like many of you mentioned when one more sound is added I start to freak out. I yell and get angry. I've had many a fight where my anger was stemmed more in being talked to over other noise than over whatever we're verbally fighting about.
If I have to pee it's like a sound and I can only handle one other thing in addition. I've learned to go ahead and stop my other chores to go pee so that I don't loose my temper
I'm not a fan of being touched. I'm OK with nursing little babies, but once they get big (14ish months) it gets really hard and I need to put limits & make sure there's nothing else going on when I nurse or I get snappy.
I prefer hard touches to light touches and when I'm intimate with DH I go batty when he tries to be tender and gentle
. A semi-exception is when he tickles me it feels really
intense and hard. I do think I could go insane if someone were to tickle me for too long.
I love really spicy & really sour flavors. I eat a lot of pasta and it *NEEDS* to be underdone (3/5ths aldente
) or it feels horrendous and tastes wrong.
Same with veggies--lightly cooked only.
I can't wear my hair down. It must be up or I get angry and snippy with those around me. I've had many a rage-attack due to hair touching my face, neck, or shoulders.
I can't stand the sound of people eating. If I'm eating the same food as the other person it toally ruins it for me.
I have nightmares about gum. Gah. I can't type it out because I'm gagging.
I have to wear pants, preferably soft pants, unless it's REALLY hot (because being too hot is another sensation that's too much to handle if anything else is going on). I will wear shorts to bed though because pants sometimes make me feel like my ankles are being choked. I also only wear socks below the ankles for the same reason. I prefer flip flops and bare feet, but I will wear light-weight shoes snugly if I have to wear shoes.
I feel bad that I get so frustrated and loose my temper because of these things. I feel bad for my family
Just learning more about it is helping me cope though
. I would love to get to the point where I don't loose it anymore. I think my family would appreciate it too.