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quite a few say that sensetive people look like people with ADD but couldnt the ADD be the cause of the sensetivity? thats how i feel. to me i think my sensetivitity is because i am zoned in and always on edge when something distracts me away from what im doing. i read the pet peeves discussion earlier and wow i could not have been more close to those! all of the pet peeves they were talking about had to do with sensetivity, chewing loud, loud pitch noises etc etc. we are on and ADD website and people are saying they are highly annoyed by minor stimuli. it just makes me mad that i was reading on google and people are saying sensativity does not have anything to do with ADD and i personally think it does! majorly.....ADD is different for every person. but im def one of those types that get grouchy with high stimulus, chewing loud, whining, tv distracts me with voices on it and it irriates me because im trying to do something etc..........idk can someone relate?

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yup, i can relate. but i am more sensitive to emotional stimuli. and for me, it's always been about intensity and quantity. i've always been very affectionate (lots of hugs, kisses) and my kids have always balked at that. I always feel that every feeling is extreme. Either good or bad. I get my feelings hurt easily and I used to present my life as an open book (I've since learned after 46 years that it's not good to do that). Relationships had to be full of drama and chaos. I am slowly learning that I don't want that. I'm learning that it's better to be simplified in my life. Lessening all that stimuli lessens my sensitivity to it. I'm trying to be less connected to all that emotional garbage so that it doesn't affect me as much. I think the medication helps because it slows my brain down. It's not running a bazillion miles an hour seeking all that chaos and intensity. My brain is more mellow. My thought processes have changed.

I don't know if anything I've said makes sense. I'm just noticing differences these days and it's good.
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I'm sensitive to the entire Wal-Mart environment, in general. lol Bright florescent lights, crowded aisles, too "spread out" and distractive, etc. I'm not sure what the difference between Target and Wal-Mart is, but I don't get that overload sensitivity so much there.

I've always been sensitive to Florescent lights. The first time I noticed it was in a college classroom. I thought I was having a seizure because I felt so dizzy and disoriented. After that, I started having panic attacks! I thought I was going nuts and went to a psychiatrist who said it was over stimulation and anxiety so I started taking prozac (back in mid-80's) It kinda helped, but I still get "panicky" when I start to feel over stimulated and am now able to "breathe" myself through it much better. My son has the same problem and I've taught him how to do that, but it's still somewhat debilitating because you're always aware that you are easily overstimulated by these things.
Amen to that! Menards is real bright too. I think Walmart is just more anxiety provoking because everything is more cluttered there and the aisles seem smaller.

Sue said:
I'm sensitive to the entire Wal-Mart environment, in general. lol Bright florescent lights, crowded aisles, too "spread out" and distractive, etc. I'm not sure what the difference between Target and Wal-Mart is, but I don't get that overload sensitivity so much there.

I've always been sensitive to Florescent lights. The first time I noticed it was in a college classroom. I thought I was having a seizure because I felt so dizzy and disoriented. After that, I started having panic attacks! I thought I was going nuts and went to a psychiatrist who said it was over stimulation and anxiety so I started taking prozac (back in mid-80's) It kinda helped, but I still get "panicky" when I start to feel over stimulated and am now able to "breathe" myself through it much better. My son has the same problem and I've taught him how to do that, but it's still somewhat debilitating because you're always aware that you are easily overstimulated by these things.
Yeah when I started my current job, I asked them to unscrew the florescent bulbs above my desk and I put a small lamp there instead..something about the faint humming and the flickering that we can't even really see just lulls me right to sleep. This was years before I found out about my ADHD lol.

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