Stephen Geller Katz LCSW-R
Misophonia Cognitive Retraining Therapy
Misophonia Cognitive Retraining Therapy
|Moderate to severe anxiety triggered by chewing sounds, including:|
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.
* 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?
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.
How Common Is Misophonia and How Does It Affect People? Misophonia is a condition that causes people to get angry at familiar sounds like chewing, inhaling, exhaling, tapping, and whatnot. This disorder affects everyone differently. While some people may feel angry, others might feel anxious. Unfortunately, there needs to be more research on this subject, mainly because people recently discovered it. As time passes, however, you can expect further information regarding this condition and the possible ways to cure it.
So far, there are no statistics to prove how many people are affected by this condition. However, thousands of people report symptoms that suggest they have misophonia. What makes matters worse is that very few doctors are familiar with this condition, and the ones who know little about it misdiagnose it.
Because of this, thousands, if not millions, of people spend a massive chunk of their lives without knowing they suffer from such a debilitating condition. However, if you feel you have symptoms of misophonia, you should get help from a doctor who will be able to help you with your condition.
People can develop this condition at almost any age. Mostly, however, people around the ages of nine to thirteen report experiencing symptoms of misophonia. Nipping this issue in the bud right when it shows up is the best way to get it under control. Unfortunately, people mistake it for autism and other issues, and their condition goes undiagnosed.
As mentioned earlier, misophonia affects everyone in different ways. Some people have angry reactions to the voices that trigger them, while others become avoidant and try to isolate themselves. These emotional reactions can affect those suffering from the condition and those around them. For instance, if you have misophonia and tend to get triggered easily, you may lash out or yell at your friend, thinking you did nothing wrong.
Unfortunately, issues like this only end up damaging people’s relationships, causing them to feel left out and isolated later.
So far, there isn’t a medicinal cure for misophonia. Fortunately, however, certain treatments have been quite helpful for people with this condition. It is worth keeping in mind that only some individuals with this disorder will benefit from the same treatment. So, it is best to seek professional consultancy before opting for treatment.
While you cannot eliminate misophonia triggers, there are certain things you can do to divert your attention from them. Some people prefer using white noise machines because of their calm and soothing sounds. Experts also suggest that meditating, working out, and practicing mindfulness are effective ways to shift your attention from sounds that trigger an emotional reaction.
Of course, following these tips is easier said than done, but incorporating them into your daily routine can be massively helpful and help you control your emotions.
Conditions like misophonia can prevent you from reaching your true potential in life and even become a hindrance to doing everyday things. If you are tired of being isolated and want to improve your social life, it is important to start prioritizing your health and see a professional. Stephen Katz LCSW is a 20+ year misophonia treatment specialist and will evaluate your condition and suggest suitable treatment options.
Get in touch with us to book an appointment, and our experts will guide you on dealing with triggering sounds. They will also formulate a proper plan to help keep your symptoms at bay.
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It’s good to see that more people – including medical specialists – are starting to pay attention to misophonia, as the number of people who appear to be suffering from the condition seems to be quite large at this point. It’s a relatively new entry in the world of medicine, and while it’s still confusing to some physicians, others have started to treat it with a much more serious attitude and have established standardized diagnosis procedures to help people deal with their misophonia.
The most important thing when dealing with misophonia is to be aware of what exactly triggers the condition in you, and how frequently this typically happens in your daily life. Going to a doctor won’t help you much when all you can say is “certain sounds make me feel discomfort”, so you’ll need to be able to specify exactly what those sounds are and what circumstances you typically hear them in. With a well-tracked history, a physician should have a much easier time pinpointing misophonia as your exact specific problem.
Likewise, make sure that you’re aware of how your body reacts to those triggers, including any differences in your response to specific irritants (or groups of irritants). If you feel pressure in your chest or a tightness in your muscles all over the body, this could be a sign that you’re dealing with misophonia. Make sure that your list makes it clear which response is linked to which trigger, as otherwise you won’t be of much help to the doctor trying to assist you. If you have a history of blood pressure issues, make sure to make a note of that as well, as it might help exclude certain conditions in the diagnosis procedure.
This might sound like redundant advice, but when dealing with misophonia, it’s more important than you might think. You need to know that the physician you’re working with actually has enough experience in dealing with misophonia, and that they’re more familiar with the condition than the average practitioner in your region. Not many doctors are experienced with misophonia yet, so your choice here will matter more than you think.