My Visual Triggers

A large proponent of my suffering with misophonia isn’t about sound at all. Now, there has been a proposed term “misokinesia”, but around here, we don’t like to use it. So far, scientifically speaking, there seems to be little reason to completely and definitively separate the two. Right now, I’ll just consider them both to be sensory overload, or sensory over responsivity.

My visual triggers are just as hard to handle as my audial triggers. Sometimes they are worse. I find it nearly impossible to escape a sight in the room. Even when I close my eyes, and even hours or days later, the memory is still there. I want to cry as I think of these triggers. Legs shaking, people swaying, fingers and toes tapping. Even improper grammar have been known to become triggers. Double spacing after periods is so intensely anguished, that I’ve had to block people from communication.

I’ve had people tell me, that have misophonia, “You can’t have visual triggers, or be triggered by grammar”. This has been frustrating. As I fight tooth and nail for advocacy, to be told by my own community that I am “wrong”.

Having severe visual and audial triggers has made life more challenging. The grammar and typing, and light effect triggers are so severe that I find it nearly impossible to surf the web, play video games with the use of overwatch boosting online and experience.

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Atlas February 9, 2018 - 1:09 pm

As someone who also experiences misophonia in more than one sense, thank you for bringing attention to this. No matter the triggers, people with misophonia need to stand together because there’s a whole world out there that doesn’t know how to deal with us. Since we do, it’s important to remember that though some of us have seemingly unrelated triggers to stimuli, we all experience similar reactions and can relate to the struggles of other sufferers. So, here’s to all of us with misophonia standing together!

Dawn April 3, 2018 - 10:46 pm

I have the same ….. fingers tapping, incorrect spacing, etc. I wondered if this was part of the misophonia so I’m glad you wrote this article! Thank you!!

Anonymous July 7, 2018 - 2:49 am

Good to bring visual triggers to the fore. I do know similar scenarios, but mine are very specific. I cannot stand bad table-manners, knives being waved in air while a person eats, with mouth open and food chewing in evidence. A crazy thing to worry about above the more usual foot wiggling, leg swinging moves, etc. I could go on. Snoring by others around me sends me wild. There is nobody out there who can understand this phenomenon.

Rach December 27, 2018 - 6:39 am

I can’t cope with my mums head picking and fing r picking even the thought of it drives me insane

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