It used to be minor, now NYC made it MUCH WORSE!

by CJ
(NYC)

I'm a 21-year old woman living in NYC.

When I was young, I had a few quirks. Biting my nails compulsively, grinding my teeth, etc.

In my teens, it got weirder. I couldn't stand to hear people say particular words (poignant, mirthful) because hearing them made me feel nauseous and angry. And I couldn't stand the texture of certain foods (beets, mushrooms, tomatoes, zucchinis).

But for the past three years, since moving to NYC, I feel like I've been losing my mind!!! Ear plugs used to help block out the external noises of traffic and such, but now I'm so sensitive that the ear plugs just make me hyper-aware of the heartbeat and swallowing noises inside my head. Even a conversation can suddenly make my ears feel overwhelmed to the point where I have to abruptly end the conversation. And I have had to leave rooms because people were all talking at once.

Strangely though, I'm the opposite with touch. I hate lightweight clothes and light touches. I need as much physical stimulation as possible. Which is why I find wearing a chest-pressure-vest very helpful when I'm having these "episodes."

I thought I was the only one. It's so relieving to read everyone's stories and know that I'm not alone. And obviously I'm going to move out of NYC as soon as I'm done with college! No more torturing myself! :)

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Jun 15, 2016
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Me Too!
by: Lindsay

I understand completely, since moving to NYC I've noticed that certain sensory processing issues have increased as well. However, I experience these outside of the city as well, so I haven't associated it with moving into the city but increased stress in general.

Jun 16, 2015
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Um yes, move out of NYC
by: Anonymous

I think the above post is uninformed. NYC must be one of the hardest places to deal with this sort of issue. Find the right drug rather than move???! It takes a certain kind of resilience to live in a place like that, its a very unnatural environment. Obviously someone dealing with sensory problems is not that person. I would suggest finding a good chiropractor who deals with these sorts of issues while you're there. The one thing you do have going for you in NYC is so many great choices for care.

Jun 05, 2015
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Response to Much Worse in NYC
by: Anonymous

NYC will always be NYC. You might move elsewhere and find something else wrong. Before thinking of running away from everything find the right kind of doctor who can help you. After a proper diagnosis, a doctor can give you the right medication that can help your situation to a great deal. Please know that you are not the only one, many suffer from similar problems. Help yourself. Take the first step.
Enjoy NYC. Enjoy Life.

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