Reading: My Escape From Misophonia

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I’ve always been an avid reader. My parents always encouraged me to read and to especially read books that I was interested in. From the novels, I love reading fiction, fantasy, mystery, and thriller. I also developed an interest in mangas (Japanese comic books and graphic novels), and read several online, as well as borrowed from my friends who owned some. But when I started college two years ago, I was only reading from my school books and not much else. Eventually, I got into the habit of hardly reading at all. However,  I recently went to Viejas, which is close to San Diego, and bought a new manga at Barnes and Noble called Death Note, which is what you see pictured.

I was so excited when I saw the Death Note manga because I had read some of it before. I was even more excited when I could buy two volumes in one book! I’m already more than halfway through and I’m positive I’ll invest in every volume after. 🙂 Just a short explanation on what Death Note is: “Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects–and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. Will Light’s noble goal succeed, or will the Death Note turn him into the very thing he fights against?” If that doesn’t pique your interest, then I don’t know what will! Since reading that short introduction years ago, I’ve been wanting to read the manga for so long, and now I finally am. Can you tell how excited this makes me?

The only thing about reading, for me, is that I need silence. No one needs to be talking, or else I can’t concentrate and I can hear every single trigger. If I’m bored in a public place, however, I can play some brown noise and concentrate on my book/manga that way, but the brown noise is still distracting. If I’m in my room, I put my fan on to combat the ringing in my ears (tinnitus).

I read to escape reality, especially to escape misophonia. Reading takes me into a magical world of dragons, warrior cats, solving mysteries, and the wizard boy who survived and defeated the Dark Lord. It makes me forget that I have misophonia, and lets me imagine a world that doesn’t trigger me. I have my parents to thank for making me read so much. Everyone needs something that’ll make them forget for a little while. I personally recommend choosing something healthy, like reading, photography, singing in a choir, and/or writing, but it’s all up to the individual. What’s your escape?

Sharon Mousel
I graduated from Vincent Memorial Catholic High School in 2014, and now that I’m in college, I have been taking classes at Imperial Valley College and San Diego State University. This was made possible due to a partnership between the two schools where I can access everything on both campuses and graduate with my bachelor’s in 4 years. I am currently a junior, and I am studying Criminal Justice; I will now only be going to SDSU campus, as I have graduated from Imperial Valley College. I like going on the computer and hanging out with friends, and my wonderful, supportive boyfriend. I love practicing photography, writing, and singing. I’m known to be really shy, but I’m always trying to go beyond my comfort zone.