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Misophonia: what it is, whether and how it is treated, stories from sufferers

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It started with the sound of an apple being bitten. A characteristic crunch, then swallowing. The sound reaches the brain, it gets hot and an avalanche of reactions begins: sweating, increased blood pressure, tightness in the throat, anger. You try to cut yourself off, not to listen, but it's no use, only the crunching sounds in your head. And it pierces every cell of the body. You're going numb. You feel like hitting the person who is eating this apple, but you know you can't do it, it's irrational. You feel powerlessness and fear. Crunch, crunch. The sound intensifies in the brain. It is like a hammer hitting the head. As a result, out of a sense of powerlessness, you start crying and running away. This is Joanna's first clear memory from childhood.

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