The New ADDitude Forums Are Live!Reach our full community by posting to ADDitude's discussion forums here
Parents of ADHD Children
Making VERY loud noises - anyone else seen this?
My daughter makes extremely loud sharp noises of all kinds - sometimes screams, sometimes screamed songs, sometimes words or phrases. The point is that’s it is as loud as she can make it with as much sharpness or as grating as she can make it. She’s always done it and she continues to do it at 18. Occasionally she makes noise banging things in the same way, but more usually it’s with her voice.
She seems to be doing it for attention, but I’m not sure. It could also be to dominate - nothing else can be heard. And it could be a release of tension, but then why in public?
It is physically painful and extremely hard to live with. Sometimes my heart leaps and my body is stressed, as if I’ve experienced a sudden physical attack.
I find it almost impossible to keep calm if she won’t stop - which she generally won’t. It seriously distresses her learning-disabled sister - who is sound sensitive at the best of times - but this doesn’t seem to matter to her.
I don’t know to what extent she does it with others (outside the family) - not that much I suspect,ecause she’d be in trouble quickly.
I guess it is a form of impulsiveness but I’m trying to understand it better. I’ve never seen it mentioned as a ‘symptom’, but it’s very striking.
I’d really like to know if anyone has similar experiences and what they think is happening, or how they handle it.