This is a comprehensive list, a how-to, a survival kit, on what to do when misophonia threatens to prevent you from celebrating the winter holidays. You will find tons of recommendations from Shaylynn Hayes, Keith Jefferys, Paul Tabachneck, Robert Hakes, Victoria MacNeil Leblanc, and myself, Sharon. That’s a lot of us, but trust me, we have some pretty good tips. The winter holiday season is supposed to be a fun time for all of us, but for some of us, it’s a time to mentally prepare. For triggers, for family, for more triggers. We hope you can apply our tips this Yule-tide season, and for any upcoming holiday. $5 download, don’t miss it!
Both neurostimulation techniques of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation (tVNS) have been thoroughly investigated as therapeutic techniques for significantly improving a variety of mental health symptoms involving the central nervous system, including autism, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and, importantly for this study, sensory processing disorders, particularly those concerned with the auditory system, e.g., tinnitus. In healthy populations, both techniques have been successfully used for various cognitive enhancing effects as well. Although the precise neuromodulatory mechanisms by which tDCS and tVNS have these effects is only partially understood, the techniques remain safe, inexpensive, non-invasive and painless. Misophonia is an auditory sensory processing disorder characterized by intense negative emotional affect (i.e., ignition of the fight, flight or freeze response of the autonomic nervous system) resulting from specific, normally soft but repetitive, trigger sounds, e.g., pen clicking, gum chewing, etc. Symptoms of misophonia include intense feelings or rage, disgust, anger, and other physiological responses involving fight, flight or freeze reactions. Currently, misophonia is not (but is possibly close to) being listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, and no cure exists at this time. Treatments are very limited and are largely unsuccessful at this stage, and include cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure therapy, and psychoanalysis. Our aims with this clinical trial research are two-fold: 1) to investigate the hypothesis that tDCS has a therapeutic effect (possibly by attenuation) on ameliorating classic misphonic symptoms, and 2) to investigate the hypothesis that tVNS does the same.
This study is not currently looking for participants, and is still seeking funding.
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It is tax deductible and you can claim it. Supporters need to specifically mention Dr. Ali Danesh’s lab by choosing “other” on the menu.
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Read about Dr. Danesh’s study on Misophonia Accommodations:
Misophonia International is proud to present Quarterly Research updates from the Center for Misophonia and Emotion Regulation at Duke University. These updates will provide insight on current Misophonia research and are useful for clinicians, doctors, researchers, or persons interested in learning more on the developments in Misophonia research. These updates will be on a quarterly basis.
We offer workshops and e-conferences to the public to help increase awareness about misophonia.
Scheduled Quarterly Misophonia Research E-Conference:
Misophonia: Insights from Recent Studies
Thursday, November 14, 2019
12-1pm EST (9-10am PST)
Please join us for our 1 hour Zoom e-conference which will cover the latest findings in misophonia research and updates from the research projects just underway at Duke. It will be led by Dr. Zach Rosenthal, the Director of CMER and Dr. Jennifer Brout, the Director of the International Misophonia Research Network (IMRN).
If you have any questions regarding workshops/e-conferences scheduled or have suggestions about topics for future ones, you may email us.
Future Misophonia Research E-Conference Date(s):
Friday, February 21, 2020 12-1pm EST (9-10am PST)
June 2020, TBD
Learn more and register here:
www.MisophoniaEducation.com is the newly launched workshop and education website by Dr. Jennifer Jo Brout PsyD. These workshops will provide an overview of misophonia, the history of the disorder, as well as current research and coping tips on a variety of misophonia related topics. Misophonia Education was launched to help clinicians, teachers, parents, and misophonia sufferers learn about the disorder from an accurate source.
Dr. Brout is the head of the International Misophonia Research Network as well as co-founder of the Duke Misophonia and Emotion program. Dr. Brout will be featuring special guests such as renowned researchers for these events, to ensure that misophonia education is covered on a variety of topics and disciplines. Providers who attend the workshops will be eligible to be listed on www.misophoniaproviders.com a list that aims to connect cross-disciplinary providers with sufferers.