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Misophonia Cognitive Retraining Therapy


Misophonia Cognitive Retraining Therapy, as featured on the MTV True Life episode: “I Have Misophonia” premiering Friday, December 16th, 7:00 PM EST. See Clip >

Are you Suffering from any of these symptoms as a result of Misophonia? Call for a Free 15 Minute Consultation.

  • Mild to severe anxiety
  • Rage or Anger
  • Triggered fight or flight
  • Depression
  • Negative thinking
  • Crying spells
  • Hopelessness
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Avoidance of people or places
Moderate to severe anxiety triggered by chewing sounds, including:
  • Nail clipping 
  • Brushing teeth
  • Eating sounds
  • Lip smacking
  • Breathing
  • Certain voices
  • Sniffing
  • Talking
  • Sneezing
  • Yawning
  • Walking
  • Coughing
  • Chewing gum
  • Laughing
  • Snoring
  • Typing on a keyboard
  • Whistling
  • Certain consonants

You may also be affected by visual stimuli, such as repetitive foot or body movements, fidgeting or movement you observe out of the corners of their eyes. 
Intense anxiety, rage and avoidant behavior may develop as a result of misophonia.

woman-misophonia* Do you feel your family and friends don’t understand how much you suffer?

* Do you often feel you can just suffer through a social event where there is eating present only to find that you must “escape” before you have a panic attack?

* Do you find that some people are at first understanding and make some efforts not to make the triggering sounds in front of you, but soon forget and constantly have to be reminded, causing you to feel angry, anxious and depressed?

* Are you avoiding social activities that you enjoy because of the misophonia?

* Are you fearful of losing your job and/or is the misophonia effecting your job performance?

If you answered yes to 3 or more of these questions or symptoms, then we can help.

You may be a candidate for Misophonia Cognitive Retraining Therapy, or MCRT.

Stephen Geller Katz, LCSW-R, with over 20 years of clinical experience, a New York University graduate, developed Misophonia Cognitive Retraining Therapy and founded Misophonia Cognitive Center in response to the growing number of people with Misophonia coming to his private practice from audiologists and ENTs. He discovered that by helping people to retrain and reinterpret the thoughts around their Misophonia, anxiety and depression symptoms began to improve. But even more important so did the Misophonic trigger response.

Call us at 646-585-2251 for a FREE consultation.

Symptoms of Misophonia

symptoms-of-misophonia-top-specialist-01Misophonia is a neurological auditory (sometimes visual) condition that causes extreme irritation and annoyance towards sounds produced by ordinary human actions like chewing. The central nervous system of a misphoniac’s brain tends to misinterpret and has trouble processing specific sounds.

An Understanding of What Is Misophonia

Misophonia is not a psychiatric disorder, it is a form of anxiety. It causes one to panic and become anxious. It is mostly auditory but sometimes it even involves visual triggers. Meaning,not being able to resist the sight of constant and repetitive actions.

For example, nodding of head or jiggling of foot. It can also be both audio-visual. As in, looking at someone snapping their fingers non stop and hearing the sound of the snaps at the same time. People who have this condition typically have excellent hearing skills and are very sensitive to sound and its volumes.  To sum up what it feels like, imagine someone scratching the wall with their sharp finger nails. The sound produced by this action makes the sufferer’s blood boil and gives them goose bumps.

Common Symptoms of Misophonia

Some of the most common signs and symptoms of misophoniainclude not being able to toleratethe sound at all and wanting to flee the scene. Aggression towards the origin of the sound and expressing discomfort by angrily telling them to stop. Mimicking the same sound in an attempt to block it out. The intensity of reactions can vary tremendously; some may try to sit through it and distract themselves by listening to songs.

Some can even go the extent of skipping parties, important social gatherings and avoiding any social contact altogether, which can make it harder for them to achieve goals and enjoy interpersonal interactions.

When Symptoms Are Evident

symptoms-of-misophonia-annoying-sound-specialist-02People usually start showing symptoms in their late childhood or early teenage.  However, it can be developed in both males and females at any age. People with Misophonia know that the intensity of their reactions is excessive and sometimes they also feel like everything is falling apart and that they are losing control. Another major symptom that can be prominently seen in individuals with Misophonia is the fact that when they try to look for solutions and simply think about encountering the triggering sounds, they feel stressed out and anxious. Just the thought of it gets them all sweaty.

Moreover, individuals suffering from misophonia also experience physical reactions including, immense pressure throughout the body, mainly the chest. Muscle tightness and fluctuating blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, and high body temperature are the reactions that can be very dangerous if not taken care of at the right time. If the heart rate and blood pressure stays high frequently and nothing is done to lower it down, then there are high chances of cardiac problems.


Cognitive behavioral therapy is a good option for misophoniacs. It helps individuals identify thought patterns that lead to certain unpleasant behaviors. If they become more self aware, they would be able to handle their emotions and triggers in a better manner. For instance, not expressing rage and  explaining the problem to the noise maker instead.  This will have a direct effect on their heart rate as well. Since now they would know how to be calm and avoid outbursts.

Therefore, if you have noticed these symptoms in yourself and you are not able to manage the emotional or physical reactions of misophonia on your own, then you must seek medical help as soon as possible.

To schedule and book your appointment with the best Misophonia specialist in NYC, contact us today!

Steven Geller Katz LCSW

Sound Disorders: Misophonia

sound-disorders-misophonia-01Do you have a sound disorder such as Misophonia? A person munching or chomping, a friend yawning with mouth wide open, a classmate coughing, or sneezing, or your sibling who snores while sleeping –all may drive you crazy. These sounds may cause you discomfort, anxiousness, or disgust. The intensity of hatred for a specific sound may even urge you to fight or run away.

If certain sounds like these frustrate you, you are likely to have Misophonia – a sounding disorder compelling you to hate or dislike selective sounds.

What is Misophonia?

Every day, your auditory senses perceive thousands of sound signals –possibly beginning with a buzzing alarm. Some may be pleasant to your ear, but certain sounds may be intriguing; this happens when you have Misophonia –in such condition, selective sounds trigger you emotionally or physiologically.

Sounds as common as sniffing, coughing, walking, or even brushing teeth that usually go unnoticed, may cause an overly emotional response from you. Despite trying hard to overcome the annoyance, you may end up fighting with the producer of the sound or develop a desire to escape from the scene. The emotional distress to specific sounds is also called Selective Sound Sensitivity Syndrome.

Researchers have found that a person may react to the visual stimuli the sound accompanies. They suggest that your brain may have trouble filtering the repetitive sounds if you are misophonic. The repetitive stimuli may then lead to other auditory problems.

What Causes Misophonia?

Sounds are more likely to trigger you emotionally at the age of 9 or 12 –but you may feel irritated to a sound at any stage of life. In some cases, anxiety may be lifelong. What exactly causes a disliking to a specific sound is not known. It is difficult for doctors to classify misophonia, as they are often unaware of the condition.

The doctors believe that being misophonic is not a hearing impairment –your ears are not the problem –it is your brain that is affected and triggers the emotional response. The condition of a misophonic person may be confused for obsessive-compulsive disorder or anxiety. Some doctors also suggest that misophonia, itself, is a new disorder.

Your Brain Has A Part in Misophonia

sound-disorders-misophonia-02A recent study has revealed that the brain plays a key role in emotions like anger and assimilating the outer inputs (sounds) with the internal input from organs like lungs and heart. The parts of the brain taking care of long-term memories, fear, anger, and other emotions also cause one to experience misophonia.

How to Cope with Misophonia

  • Do not isolate yourself. Try to overcome the stress you experience due to selective sounds. Breathing exercise is effective in releasing stress.
  • Relax your mind with sounds that please you. Keep your headphones around and enjoy your favorite music or podcast to tune out the triggers.
  • Sound therapy sessions with audiologists and counseling and support from friends and family may also help. Talk to people; it helps to solve problems.
  • Regular exercise and proper routine sleep will also help to overcome annoyance.

Bottom Line

The struggle with Misophonia is real. It may have some serious effects on your daily functioning, your social life, and ultimately your mind peace. If you are misophonic, we are here to help.

Contact us and book an appointment with Misophonia Cognitive Center in NYC.

Steven Geller Katz LCSW

Misophonia Treatment: What are the options?

Misophonia Treatment: What are your options? If you have noticed symptoms of Misophonia in yourself and are confused as to what your next step should be, worry no more. There are several treatment options available that can help reduce your symptoms and give you relief. All you have to do is get in touch with our Misophonia specialists. We will educate you about this condition in detail and also guide you by sharing effective ways to deal with it properly.

Misophonia Diagnosis & Treatment Options

There is no definite way of diagnosing Misophonia. Your therapist will talk to you about your symptoms and triggers. You may even be asked to fill questionnaires or appear for interviews for a better understanding of the severity of your condition.

Misophonia Treatment Options

It is important to note that there is no medication or drug that helps cure misophonia. However, in some severe cases, anti-anxiety medication can be prescribed to ease and cool down your anxiety symptoms. Options that mostly work best are therapeutic ones. Conversations that straighten out your scattered thoughts are extremely effective. The brain science behind the irritating feeling is the fact that your Central Nervous System is not able to process the sounds that also mess with the area that is responsible to process emotions. That explains the frustration caused by the noise. That is why clearing your head and talking things out with a good listener is the best option.

It is possible that your family or friends may not understand what you are trying to say so it is best to consult a Misophonia specialist. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy seems to have been very successful for many. It is a very goal oriented therapy that makes the sufferer reflect on their thoughts and helps fix distorted thinking. CBT sessions aim to teach techniques such as relaxation, mindfulness, resilience, stress and anger management. By the end of your CBT sessions you will be able to handle Misophonia and the aggression that comes with it in a better more focused manner.

In addition to that, there are ways to temporarily drown out the sounds. You can do that by wearing ear plugs or listening to soothing music. Listening to ‘brown’ sounds so that the background noise can eliminate or fade away is also a very good option. Other than that, music therapy and meditation helps soothe their minds from all the chaos that misophonia brings.

Tinnitus retaining Therapy is a special kind of therapy that deals with sound sensitivity and auditory problems. This therapy is mostly used to help patients who are sensitive to specifically ringing and buzzing sounds. But, it has also proven to be successful for sufferers of Misophonia as well.

After therapy you will hopefully be able to cope with the symptoms of Misophonia. You will sense the  improvement because there will be increased tolerance towards the sounds you once found extremely irritating and unbearable. Your therapist will teach you ways to distract yourself and may even recommend you to join a support group where you will get to learn tips and tricks from fellow Misophoniacs.


Now that you know that all these treatment options exist, take help from a Misophonia specialist, who will guide you towards what would suit YOU best depending on your condition and make a tailor made plan to treat your Misophonia. Schedule an appointment with the best Misophonia Specialist In NYC today.

Stephen Katz LCSW

Misophonia In 2019. Are We Closer To A Cure?

Misophonia In 2019. Are We Closer To A Cure? Is it intolerable for you to sit in the office because your co-worker is popping chewing gum for the past 10 minutes unstoppably? Do you get scared while crossing the road when you hear a honking bus? Do you feel like punching your sibling when he/she is munching popcorns in the TV room? Does the sound of typing feel like hammering on your head?

If you get annoyed by some common sounds, including sneezing, coughing, sounds produced while eating, sleeping, or even breathing, you are affecting from Misophonia –a hatred for sound. It is a selective sound sensitivity syndrome that means not all sounds you hear drive you crazy; some specific sounds do.

Why Misophonia Happens

There is no explanation as to why you react so strongly to certain sounds, or what triggers the emotional or physiological reaction? You may feel discomfort, outrageous, or anxious to some sounds or may start panicking with a strong desire to fight-or-flight.

This hearing disorder may be lifelong and tends to appear mostly in the pubescent period –especially among girls. Some doctors associate misophonia with anxiety or bipolar diseases.  A study has established that Misophonia is a neurological disorder; the problem does not lie in the ears but between the pair of ears, i.e., your brain. Part of the brain responsible for long-term memories or evoking emotions also triggers the reaction to certain sounds.

It’s 2019. Is There Any Cure For Misophonia?

The intensity of your response to selective sounds may have affected your mental health. You may have developed the desire to escape and distant yourself from the triggers. Do not let fear, or anxiety control you –do not give up so easily.

Medical science has not provided a specific prevention measure for misophonia yet, but some ways can surely help.

Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT)

It is an ear training therapy designed to improve the hearing tolerance level of people with misophonia. The idea is to recondition the subconscious reflexes associated with a certain sound. After eliminating the negative response to a sensation, and a positive emotional connection is established.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a psychiatric practice aimed to restructure how a person thinks and behaves when exposed to certain triggers. Perceiving a sound in a different way than you usually do may also help.

Adding Background Noise

You can not eliminate the sounds you dislike from the world. If a sound is disturbing you, how about tuning it out with your favorite song? A pair of Earbuds may protect you from getting into stress.

Another way to reduce the annoyance is to add background noise to your environment. Fans and generators may produce enough noise to reduce triggering noise. However, these sounds may also cause you to freak out.

Therapeutic Approach

Isolating yourself will only aggravate the problem and may evoke suicidal thoughts in rare cases. Work on yourself, voice your feelings,  talk to people.

Control your anger and not let it control you. Breathing techniques, meditation, regular exercise, and adequate amount of sleep will be helpful.

Bottom Line

If you feel lonely and no one understands your frustration to certain sound triggers, if the fear of embarrassment is taking over your self-confidence, know that there is a way out. Misophonia is a real disorder, and you deserve to get the best help. Contact us and schedule an appointment with Stephen Katz at the Misophonia Cognitive Center in NYC.

Common Misophonia Triggers

What are some common misophonia triggers? Misophonia is a disorder in which people suffering from it have anomalously strong negative reactions to sounds like chewing, pen clicking or loud breathing. They tend to get extremely irritated by such sounds and often display their discomfort by exiting the room, wearing earphones or even yelling at the source of the sound in an attempt to stop them from doing so.  This condition is also called selective sound syndrome. Common reactions of misophoniacs range from mild annoyance to extreme rage and anger.

Common Misophonia Triggers

It is interesting to note that the source of most sounds that trigger misophonia come from a human. The sound of a dog licking itself will not be as annoying for them as the sound of another human’s chewing.

Some of the most common triggers of misophonia include oral sounds, i.e., breathing or chewing — keyboard tapping, pen clicking, scratching nails against the wall or the sound of windshield wipers. Sometimes a small repetitive motion can be the cause as well — for instance, someone sitting next to you wiggling their foot.

According to a research in Amsterdam, eating sounds affect 81% of the subjects being studied. Loud breathing or nose sounds affect 64.3%. Finger or hand sounds affect 59.5%. While some even said that they get irritated by the sight of someone repeatedly shaking their knees. This means that misophonia has to do with visual triggers as well.

Since misophonia is a newly identified disorder; proper treatment options are still limited. Some doctors even confuse it with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  Individuals suffering from it usually develop coping mechanisms to give themselves some relief. Using headphones or wearing earplugs to lower down the effect and when possible, leaving the room where there are triggering sounds. Practicing self-care, meditating and seeking a supportive therapist is a great option.

Avoiding social gatherings because of it can be a little problematic for the individual’s social growth. They can even lose friends, which is most definitely not a good thing. Social interactions are extremely important for one’s healthy personal growth. What they can do is, explain to their friends in a polite manner that they suffer from this condition and that they are sensitive to certain sounds.

Moreover, one should not simply tell misophoniacs to ‘ignore and focus on their own work’. It would be very similar to telling a depressed person to be positive and move on.  Disregarding someone’s problem and telling them to ignore it and snap out of it is a very insensitive thing to do. It can be very hard for them to focus on their work if the constant triggering sound is annoying them and messing with their head.

Bottom Line

To conclude, misophonia is real. It is as real as depression or any other disorder. If you get triggered by sounds that humans make and you feel like punching the human who’s making it, then my friend I’m afraid to let you know that you may be a misophoniac. Do not worry or panic, look it up in detail now that you know that it exists and it has a name. You may even want to discuss this matter with a Misophonia specialist if you think that it is beyond your control and needs proper treatment. Good luck.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment with the best Misophonia specialist in NYC and find out solutions, tips and tricks to tackle all your misophonia related problems.

Misophonia and OCD: Is there a link?

Is there a link between misophonia and OCD? OCD is short for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. People who suffer from OCD feel forced to do certain actions repeatedly as a result of disturbing and unwanted thoughts. These thoughts are beyond the individual’s control, and the obsessive behavior is just an attempt to counter the thoughts. OCD is similar to misophonia in the sense that misophonia also tends to mess with the sufferer’s headspace and keeps their brain occupied with negative thoughts towards specific sounds.

Similarities between Misophonia and OCD

Doctors claim that there is a link between the two. Like misophonia, OCD too ranges from mild to extreme. That is, reactions depend on the intensity of the sufferer’s condition. Treatments must be tailor-made by a specialist who will be able to link misophonia to other potentially related disorders like anxiety and OCD.

Misophonia causes physical reactions like an increase in blood pressure and heart rate which is another common factor. If the blood pressure frequently stays high, it is an alarming situation and requires immediate medical attention. Sometimes OCD patients also complain of sound sensitivity which means that there is a chance that there can be traces and presence of misophonia in OCD patients. Such patients often seek hypnotherapy so that both their issues are looked after. It helps get rid of intrusive thinking and getting the thought pattern fixed.

Differences between Misophonia and OCD

Even though doctors have spotted similarities between the two, it is still important to note that both exist individually as well, which means that they have separate treatment procedures and separate diagnosis. They are mostly said to be interlinked since both compel sufferers towards obsessive behaviors, that hinder their personal growth and comes in the way of their routine activities.

An example of the thought patterns of an OCD patient would be them thinking that maybe they forgot to switch off the light of their bedroom before leaving for work. Now their behavior would revolve around this sudden thought, making them all panicky and sweaty. It means OCD has more to do with internal stimuli. Their thoughts are only limited to them and are internal. However, misophiacs behave the way they do because of external stimuli- sound and noise. These sounds cause them to get frustrated and force them to yell out of aggression.

Both OCD and misophonia have different coping techniques as well. People with misophonia can counter their irritation by wearing earplugs or listening to music depending on the intensity of their condition. This coping technique will temporarily drown out the external noise while individuals suffering from OCD have to look for rather different and relatively intense coping techniques.


In recent times, both misophonia and OCD have gotten attention from researchers and doctors who are trying to come up with more treatment options with the help of technology and the knowledge of the brain chemistry of patients with OCD and /or misophonia. These advancements will hopefully make things easier for them.

To conclude, self-diagnosis and recognizing symptoms of both or one is not a safe thing to do. Seek professional help discuss your symptoms, and get to know about your problem in detail by scheduling an appointment with the best misophonia specialist in NYC. Clear out all your confusions and queries. Who knows, you may be a single appointment away from your ultimate goal.  So what are you waiting for? Book an appointment today.

Stephen Geller Katz
19 West 34th Street
Penthouse Floor
New York, NY 10001


2019 Treatment Options For Misophonia

According to 2019 research, misophonia and Autonomous sensory meridian response are very closely linked to one another. The latter, means experiencing a tingling sensation beginning from your scalp and moving down to your neck and upper spine. This feeling is in response to sounds as well. Surprisingly enough, some people find this feeling to be pleasurable, while others cannot stand the sounds that trigger this response, similar to what happens in misophonia.

Sentences like, ‘Please stop breathing so loudly; or chewing so loudly are very commonly used by people who suffer from misophonia. Not everybody they come across will understand, some may even breathe or chew louder out of mischief.

Misophonia Treatment Options in 2019

Trying out real treatment options to get rid of misophonia is now possible! Although it is true that wearing earplugs or headphones can help solve the issue but itis a temporary solution only. Behavioral therapy (CBT), is known to regulate your high sensitivity to sound. Music therapy, meditation and special organic sensory diet are all brilliant ideas for you to try and implement.

Moreover, there are recent options available as well. It is important to note that there is no medicinal drug available to cure Misophonia. So, if your doctor is prescribing you medicine, it is purely on experimental basis and he will warn you about that beforehand.

Self-help Techniques

Coping techniques that have helped a lot of people with misophonia include getting your mind clear, de-stressing and straightening your thoughts. This can only be done best if you seek professional help and consult a misophonia specialist. In addition to that, monitor your heart rate and blood pressure. Since misophonia tends to make your heart rate rise.

Drown-out Techniques

Another excellent technique is drowning out the irritating sounds around you. You can easily do that by installing ‘brown noise applications’ in your cell phone. Tech experts specially design these apps to drown out annoying and frustrating background noise that people with misophonia cannot stand. They do that by generating a static, fan-like sound which is called ‘brown’ sound. It helps minimize or even completely eliminate all disturbing background sounds. Oh, the perks of the digital age!

You Are Not Alone in This

In recent times, misophonia awareness has increased to a great extent. People now identify it as a condition and it is no more an irritation that has no name. As a result, people who have misophonia have joined together and made support groups and communities. They know your problem; they live with your problem and they too are looking for solutions to cope with the problem. Once you realize that there is a whole community that has the same issue as you, you will not feel like giving up. Such forums encourage members to share stories, tips and tricks with one another. These people will help you do something about your emotions and feelings of aggression and rage towards the origin of the triggering sounds.

Furthermore, sound proofing can be done. This is a rather expensive option but if you suffer from extreme misophonia then sound proofing your living space is worth the investment. Special misophonia sound proof doors are available that help absorb sound and reduce echoing. Another thing that you can do is, place thick layers of foam at the back areas of large paintings and frames at your place and hang them on your walls. This will also help reduce and absorb sound to a great extent.

Answer your Misophonia related questions by scheduling an appointment with the best Misophonia Specialist in NYC.

Call Stephen Katz Today: 646-585-2251

Misophonia Prognosis

When you receive a misophonia prognosis, you quickly learn that it cannot be treated with medication. Misophonia is a feeling of annoyance and discomfort towards specific sounds. Sufferers feel extremely negative about those sounds and often find themselves feeling helpless when it comes to looking for solutions. While there is no medication available as a treatment option, 80% of sufferers can find relief via non pharmaceutical treatments.

The term Prognosis refers to “forecasted outcomes of a disease or disorder”. In simple words, the chances of recovery.

Causes of Misophonia

There is no single known cause of Misophonia but doctors who have monitored brain reactions towards the sounds have come up with the conclusion that the central nervous system of the sufferer’s brain tends  misinterpret the sounds causing auditory sensitivity. Also, the sounds affect the part of the brain that is responsible to process emotions hence, the irritated and aggressive reactions.

However, another cause maybe that the person has suffered from a lot of emotional abuse and noisy fights, yelling and bad relationships in the past. This struggle can add to their hatred  and negative feelings towards sounds. This causes little or no tolerance towards sounds and leads to outburst.

Misophonia Prognosis

Good news is that, many health professionals think that it can be cured using ways other than medication to drown out noise. If not completely cure, sufferers can develop tolerance or reduce their symptoms using these ways.

Treatment options typically include CBT, cognitive behavioral therapy which has proven to be very helpful. CBT therapists focus on reconstructing and fixing thought patterns. They get patients to talk their feelings out completely so that their thoughts can be processed. It is very commonly used to treat other disorders also. Disorders such as depression, anxiety and addiction. The ultimate goal of the CBT therapist is to play with the patients mind and straighten their thinking which will eventually lead to greater tolerance towards sounds they earlier used to find immensely frustrating. Another therapy option, which is similar to CBT, is Tinnitus Retaining Therapy, TRT it also helps straighten ones messed up thought patterns.

Moreover, joining a support group is also extremely helpful. It will make the sufferer realize that he is not fighting with this condition alone and sharing of tips and tricks can also be done.

There may be complications if you don’t pay heed to your misophonia symptoms on time. If you continue to ignore them they can intensify and bother you more. Also, most misophoniacs end up having bad social lives because they skip important social gatherings in order to avoid irritating sounds. Isolating yourself and not letting yourself grow is not an option. If you feel that this issue needs medical attention then you must go see a misophonia specialist immediately. Anything that hinders your social and interpersonal interactions is not healthy for your personal growth.

Truth is that there are relief options and treatment options available so don’t give up or lose hope. Most doctors say that 80% of sufferers usually end up finding relief which is great. In addition to that, future options will also be very effective because as the awareness about misophonia increases, so does its scientific research. For instance, the use of behind the ear projectors to drown out background noise is a great discovery. Therefore, you don’t need to worry, all you need to do is seek medical help from a Misophonia specialist. Schedule your appointment with the best Misophonia specialist in NYC today.


19 West 34th Street
Penthouse Floor
New York, NY 10001


Can You Reduce the Symptoms of Misophonia?

Misophonia is a rare condition which is often mistaken for OCD or depression. Several doctors have failed to come up with proper solutions to get rid of this frustrating problem. However, the good news is that Dutch researchers seem to have found an answer to it! Which means it is possible to reduce the symptoms of Misophonia!

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has clinically proven to be pretty successful for many. It is a special kind of psycho-therapy which mainly involves analyzing of one’s thoughts and feelings. Thoughts that influence and regulate your behavior.  There is a whole thought process behind your actions. If you behave in an unpleasant manner or you say something harsh to someone for no apparent reason, there is a high possibility that you have spent a lot of time thinking negatively about things.

CBT is used to treat many other disorders like depression and addiction as well. Firstly, you will be asked by your therapist to be completely vocal about your thoughts, voice them out openly and then examine them. Then you will be asked to look at evidence from reality to see whether your thoughts are in support of reality or against it. By doing this exercise, you will be able to look at things rationally and objectively. This way your thought patterns can be identified and fixed.

It helps with Misophonia to a great extent.It will make you realize that your irritation and frustration is justified but it can be taken care of in a less violent way. Initially, you will struggle with your thoughts but eventually you will get there.

The ultimate goal of CBT is to teach patients that while you cannot control every little aspect of the world, you can take care of your own thoughts and emotions. You have complete control over how you interpret and deal with things in YOUR world. This behavioral therapy is highly goal oriented and if you are lucky enough to have a supportive therapist working with you, then they will make sure that you get through it until your goal has been reached.

Music Therapy

Music Therapy is a newly discovered option to cope with Misophonia. It is not the same as listening to therapeutic songs. Your therapist will recommend you a certified clinician who is especially trained to select music for you. This therapy aims to enhance better responses to your problems. Furthermore, it will help you relax and reflect on your thought patterns, cope with stress and enhance your concentration levels. This special therapy often involves meditation exercises that will help you get calm and clear your mind.

Natural Remedies

Natural Remedies are also helpful in this regard. In addition to behavior and music therapy, you can add healthy foods to your diet. Your therapist may recommend you a sensory diet which is a blend of calming and energizing foods. These may help with misophonia regulation and auditory over sensitivity. Also, drink plenty of water and avoid GMO foods. Switch to a healthy and organic diet. Other than that, you must engage in physical activities such as swimming. Swimming will help you relax and has been known to assist regulate the sensory system. Spending time with nature is another excellent idea. Inhale exhale exercises and deep breathing after a good morning walk at the neighborhood park will surely make you feel fresher and lighter than usual.

For details about the intensity of your Misophonia, more tips and tricks and other related information, book your appointment with the best Misophonia specialist in NYC today!

I have Misophonia, What Are My Options?

Also known as sound sensitivity syndrome, misophonia is essentially extreme or mild sensitivity to some select sounds and noises. Nasal sounds, throat sounds, and chewing sounds are some common triggers for people suffering from this disorder. Although living with this condition can be quite challenging, it is certainly not impossible, no matter how severe your condition is.

No doubt this condition can cause distress in the relationships and daily lives of the people suffering from it. There have been several reports and searches over the years that suggest relationship conflicts, difficulty in public, and marital difficulties arising from this disorder.

People Can Lead Normal Lives with Misophonia

Luckily, misophonia is a condition that you can work around to improve your quality of life. Sure it’ll be a tough ladder to climb, but it’s better to face the card that you are dealt with rather than being miserable about it. Let us discuss some strategies that can help you effectively cope with misophonia.

1.     Overcome Your Stress

Of course, overcoming your stress is not an easy thing; in fact, it takes years of discipline to master it. However, overcoming your general levels of stress can improve your life and possibly even put your misophonia in the background to some extent.  Practice breathing and relaxation techniques every day early in the morning and before going to sleep. After a while, you will learn to deal with your triggers whenever they arise effectively. Sure, you will not eliminate your disorder completely but, this will be a step in the right direction.

2.     Always Have Headphones Around

Most people with this disorder make this a regular practice in their lives. However, it is important to mention to people who don’t. You can put a major dent to your triggers by dampening them through your headphones. Listening to a podcast or some soothing music will help relax your mind allowing you to block out and evade any negative energy that comes in your way. You can use your earphones in almost ever5y situation, be it studying, traveling or at work. You can always explain your situation to your teacher or boss before putting your headphones on. State that you are more productive listening to calming music while working and studying, they will not object to it.

3.     Strategize for Emergency Situations

There are instances when you feel like things aren’t going your way and you are about to burst out at any time. Having a contingency plan for these kinds of situations will save you from panicking and embarrassing yourself in a crowd. Prepare some phrases to excuse yourself from tough situations before you are rude or impolite to someone. Mentioned below are some phrases that you might find to be helpful.

“I am going to get fresh air outside.”

“I’m going to grab some coffee, does anybody else want some?”

“Please excuse me; I need to be somewhere immediately.”

“I have an appointment that I do not want to be late to, please excuse me.”

Phrases like these prove to be lifesavers in troublesome situations. Suffice to say, misophonia might be a terrible disorder, but you still have several options that allow you to live life as happily as the other person.

If you are looking for an appointment to speak with the best misophonia specialist in NYC, look no further than the misophonia cognitive center. Book your appointment with Misophonia specialist Stephen Katz LCSW.

Stephen Katz LCSW
19 West 34th Street

Penthouse Floor
New York, NY 10001