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Hypersensitivity

As I’m learning more and more about ADD, I’ve learned more about hypersensitivity with ADD, or HSP.

This really fascinates me and is actually another reason for me to be proud to have ADD, which is one of the reasons why I started researching in the first place.

HSP explains a lot for me. I’m very connected to sounds, light and emotion. My medication helps to make this a bit more manageable but I still notice I’m a lot more effected by sounds, light, and emotion nonetheless.

For example, if I’m in a classroom and someone clears their throat in the back of the room, I will automatically whip my head around and stare at them until I’m sure that they’re the ones who made the noise. At the same time, I can tune into the sounds of an environment and know what’s happening before I even look. As for light, I become very depressed in the winter time, and I’m always a lot happier and driven in the spring time. I even have a gene that makes my pupils dilate faster and wider than most people, making me see more in the dark, faster. My emotions are always up and down, and I’ve been said to be a very emotionally sensitive or “deep” person. I catch “vibes” all the time. If someone’s upset, I can literally feel the heaviness in their heart. I can get a general sense of how a room “feels” and at school, that always overwhelms me. I was once so overwhelmed by a vibe at school I came home in tears.

I like that HSP can actually be a tangible, medical thing, because it makes me feel like some sort of wizard, rather than like some over-dramatic person who can’t get a grip on themselves.

I guess what I’m asking is, does anyone have more information on HSP or has HSP, just so I know how I’m perceiving it is true? Because I’d really like to have a better idea on whether or not I could have it.

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Here’s a great source for HSPs

http://www.hsperson.com

Posted by John Tucker, PhD, ACG. ADHD Coach on Jul 26, 2014 at 5:54pm

There’s information about HSP on ADDitudeMag.com as well:

http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/8945.html
http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/10846.html

Thank you so much for posting about HSP. I didn’t know it was a thing, but the light bulb instantly went on for me as it relates to my daughter (doesn’t have ADHD but has severe anxiety). She’s 15 but has a hard time at sleep overs because she’s afraid someone would be homesick, and she feels it almost as much as they do. She also is terrified her dad and I are going to divorce, despite the fact that we are not and don’t contemplate it. The slightest disagreement sends her into a panic. But now I know WHY. So, thank you!

Penny
ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Jul 28, 2014 at 3:38pm

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