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aspieguy

@Makelets Yes that is the basis of sensory overload, but I think the term itself usually refers to what happens when all the extra sensory information becomes too much. In other words, when I'm in a noisy place, the extra noise that I hear compared to NTs is as a result of hypersensitivity, not sensory overload, but the disorientation and agitation that results from prolonged exposure to the noise is the sensory overload. I think NTs can have sensory overload as well, but we get it a lot more because of our hypersensitivity.

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Harrow

When I experience a sensory overload the main thing that happens is my head freezes up and I struggle to think or concentrate, basically a thought gets stuck in my head and it wont progress, it just keep replaying over and over again, e.g I think that I must go to the shop, but that keeps replaying, but I can't progress to why I must go to the shop and sometimes I feel like I'm going to vomit.

 Also I don't know if it counts, but sometimes I will have nightmares at night about having a sensory overload, where I often wake up completely drenched in sweat.

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blacktiger911

i have become more tolerant of sensory overload from sound. my work is loud and like at airsoft today with all the noise going on.

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Sometimes some lights can be so strong and I don't like loud noise, is that a sensory overload I am having? 

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Gone away
9 hours ago, Jo said:

Sometimes some lights can be so strong and I don't like loud noise, is that a sensory overload I am having? 

Yes, though I guess there are degrees of everything.

I tend to think of that as sensory issues  (disproportionate awareness of stimulus) and am the same like that. Some smells bother me way too much too.

Combine a couple of these and I need to leave. When needed I use ear defenders at home and have lights very low.

Edited by Going home

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Well - I haven't experienced anything like that in 33 years - when I had my last 'panic attack'..... Pure BS from the doctor at the time. Panic attack - what a crock of shite. 

 

This video is exactly what I used to experience right through my childhood but nobody ever really noticed. I would just have to hide it. No different to a bad Acid trip. Its just as a kid, you didn't consume anything so out of the blue - the ground would disappear and the sky would fall, and the hole would basically eat me up! :(

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For some reason all of this stopped for me as I hit mid teens. I guess this is because of outside influences and things I found inspiring?  Sounds silly but the film, Karate Kid was a huge help. Thats the first time i ever heard the idea of breathing slowly to calm down. 

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Nesf

This one is quite accurate for me, especially the noise

 

 

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aspieguy

I like this one:

 

 

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