Is it possible to have a minor form of SPD?

by Marcia H
(British Columbia)

From as young as I can remember I've had a few of the sme issues that a friend of mine's son (with SPD) does, but certainly not all of them, nor to the same degree. As a young child it used to bug my mother to no end that I had to wear sunglasses outside, even when it was cloudy. I would tell her that my eyes hurt outside. She did not understand and was actually kind of cruel - forcing me go sunglassless for many photos, even in very bright sunlight. Consequently most of the photos of me as a youngster showed me crying. Even now, if someone passes me their i-phone to show me something, I often have to give it back because I can't look at the's too bright that it hurts.

I've never liked crowds. I don't have claustrophobia. The problem is the noise. My hearing is super sensitive. Movie theatres and concerts are a no-go unless I pre-emptively take a good dose of ibuprofen first. Even that is not always sufficient. I'm always asking my partner to turn down our TV, and then I get THAT look in return. sigh. I hate going with groups of people to places where it's so loud (to me) that I can't hear the person beside me unless their head is turned to me and I parially lip read. And this includes family dinner even. I miss out on so much. It feels horrible.

When there's no background noise, I hear just fine except for the fact that I seem to be able to focus/concentrate so well on something that I don't actually hear when someone is speaking to me. I might notice that someone is talking, but not really realize what they are saying - more so when there are other people around. I have to ask others to use my name when talking to me and make sure I respond in order to know that I am "listening". People think that I don't care what they are saying, but it's not's just that I haven't registered it in my brain yet. Sometimes I "hear" something several seconds later, too. I think that is partly why I take so long to format my words when in a discussion with someone. I know my pauses can seem very long to the other person, but often I need them. And people just don't understand that. It's not that I'm unintelligent - we all know that people with certain disorders can be very intelligent. I have an above average IQ, but people who don't know me would not necessarily think that if they watched me in the middle of an argument/discussion with my partner. I can't tell you the number of tears I have shed over it.

I was an extremely picky eater as a child. I would often go to bed hungry as my mother would make me sit at the table with my untouched food for two hours before giving up on me. I would gag easily, and not just with food - my sense of smell was even more of a problem than the taste and texture of food. And it didn't matter what the smell...if it was "too strong" for me, I would gag. Even coffee aroma. I still hate the smell. Now that I'm in my forties, I'm much better, but I'm wondering if it's age-related.

When I go to the dentist, I'm a hypersalivater...I can't help it. If someone puts their fingers or dental instruments in my mouth, my salivary glands work overtime. I've also had some gagging issues there.

I was extremely clumsy as a child, but that was often chalked up to the fact that I grew very quickly as a younster and hardly any as a teenager. My head could not keep up with my body. But even now, I seem to bang into things - counters, tables, etc. because it's like my perception of them being there is off a little...kind of like people with depth perception problems, but mine is more spacial around me.

Anyway, is it possible that there are milder forms of SPD?

Thanks for any opinions.


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Sep 16, 2013
More than mild
by: Anonymous

I'm glad to read that you went through the check list. I was going to comment that your story sounds a bit worse than a mild case. Not that I'm an expert, but it does seem to have effected your life negatively and that's where the line is drawn as to who needs help and who just has some quirks. I'm sorry people haven't been understanding. I'm glad you no longer feel alone and I pray that you are able to process the new information and past hurts in a way that helps you enjoy life.

Jul 04, 2012
by: Marcia

Thanks Lyn. I had not yet actually looked at the symptoms checklist page when I posted my story. When I noticed the checklist, I printed it and began to check off the applicable symptoms. WOW! I was shocked by the sheer number of them. And some are things I never really thought of before, but they make sense now. It feels like the weight on my shoulders is a little lighter now that I know I'm not only NOT alone, but there is an actual disorder that explains so many of my frustrating symptoms. The jigsaw pieces are falling in to place.

Jun 25, 2012
Minor form of SPD
by: Lyn

Hello Marcia. I am from the Philippines and a mother to 3 boys. I think i have some minor form of SPD also. Your story when you were young were just like mine. Fortunately for me, I was able to control it. but i think i have passed it on to my second son. Anyway, good luck! Be positive and try your best to smile at some of the "differences" you may feel. I think that was the way i survived it. By laughing at my "difference". You are not alone.

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