Why Do I Get So Annoyed & Distracted By Every Little Noise?

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To my friends I am a perfectly normal kid. But I get annoyed by so many little noises. When people snap there gum, heavy breathing, sometimes people that say there "s" sounds to high pitched, biting of forks and spoons, when my dad cleans his teeth, or when he constantly shakes his shoulder in the car. I try so hard not to get annoyed but it controls me sometimes and builds anger inside of me. I can't help but to get upset, my mind drives me crazy when I hear or see these little things
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I was wondering if i need a doctor or just to relax and keep trying to get over it. I feel like this has controlled parts of my life since i was around 10 and im 18 now. If i do go to a doctor what should i tell them and what should i expect from that doctor
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I get annoyed by listening to people eat, people sniffling with a runny nose, heavy breathing
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People with a high natural ability in tonal memory and observation (can be measured by the Highlands natural ability battery and other assessments) are frequently distracted by even the smallest noises.  The inability to concentrate can also be due to stress and anxiety (such as in test taking or pressure to perform, for example), or by preoccupation with another concern.

There's nothing necessarily "wrong" with you--but if this tendency to be distracted is interfering with your life tasks, you can take some practical steps to eliminate the stimuli that distracts you in certain situations.  Headphones or earplugs can help in testing situations.  Removing audio stimulus when it is within your control can also help (quiet places for study, taking the phone off the hook, and even very low frequency static noise which substitutes for "white noise"--which will serves as a steady audio stimulus that will help hold attention to the current task (your subconscious engages with and associates the static noise with that particular task).

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I too have an EXTREME sensitivity to the slightest noises! I have always had a photographic memory but when it comes time for a test or quiz to be done and it is set in front of me i suddenly can't remember anything! My Dr. Has suggested RITALIN for the times when i'm attending semesters at college. I have not taken him up on the suggestion as of yet. I do , however, use earplugs and it does help me.
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Nancy Mitchell answered
You have the symptoms of MISOPHONIA (also known as Selective Sound Sensitivity Syndrome)  If you will search the internet you will find thousands of other people who suffer with this problem.  Start with misophonia-uk.org and you will find links to other sites with info. On this disorder.
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G T answered
I wonder what age this is normally diagnosed. Any idea? The strange thing is, in high school I don't remember being easily distracted like this. Why now? It is so frustrating. Thanks for your advice. I will mention this to my doc, because it has started to affect my test taking by messing with my concentration. I seem to read the same question over and over on tests.
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Tina answered
I had the same problem when I was in college, (and some now) but any little thing would distract me, Mine was anxiety or panic attacks, I couldn't take test in the classroom, and would completely forget what the answers were, even after tons of studying, they called that test anxiety, I would discuss this with your teacher, or councilor, there are so many things to do for this, I got help through student services, and the solution was to go to a testing facility in stead of in the room where the distractions occurred, also I was allowed headphones to block the noise.
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G T commented
That sounds exactly like me. I just seem to blank out once they hand me the test. Thanks for the great advice, I will check out the student services at my college. I know they have a thing called the testing center, and I am pretty sure it is exactly what you are talking about.
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Tina commented
I hope it helps you, I know it helped me so much! Good Luck!
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Anonymous answered
There is probably nothing wrong with you. A lot of people have the same exact problem as you, including me. My doctor said that it is fine. Everybody is different and for some people it is easier to block things out and for others it is not. DO NOT WORRY! YOU ARE FINE!!!
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Being annoyed and irritated is one of the signs of stress. But to be sure, please go see a doctor.  I am sure you will get better and be able to focus on your studies.  Good luck.
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I'm doing a project on that so I'll tell you when I get the info (and there is nothing wrong with you)
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debra brown answered
You should see your DR. About this. It could be one of several things. Anxiety disorder, add, adhd or something else. My daughter described what you did in your question and see was found to have ADD.

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