My Dad and Brother's zoned out flapping and humming sessions.

by Christina
(Warwickshire, England)

I've wrote this on another page.


My Dad paces while flapping his hands and makes a noise like a bowling kettle- a pitched hiss, he does this when he is excited or on the verge of a tantrum. My brother does exactly the same but not when angry- he does it when he is pleased with something or relaxing. He would smack the back of his head repeatedly for 10 seconds, when he's in his room he holds toy soldiers and flicks them in his hand and makes a distinct hum for minutes at a time- the longest episode being half an hour. My Dad is 51 and my Brother is 17. They never do it in public, so it doesn't interfere with daily life, but strangers may be disturbed.

Recently my mother came down stairs one night and caught me doing it too, and I never realized I did it or how manic I looked, I pace, jump and do very violent looking swings with my arms, often when I've read a story or watched something I'm into. My mother calls it 'A mad moment'.

My family have a history of problems, I have a sister with learning disabilities, so far I thought my mum and I were relatively normal, until my mother discovered me. What is this condition called, does this mean it's hereditary?

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Jan 22, 2014
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can someone relate to this
by: Anonymous

I am thinking I have this disorder. I can't stand noises. I will freak out and its affecting my job I have had for 17 years. I don't like to hear an ink pen clicking, sound of a mouse they keep clicking and clicking, A highlighter cap they keep putting on so it wont dry out, pounding of the keys on a computer keyboard, cracking of knuckles, or watching someone chew their nails.

Its very depressing to feel this way and I am really tired of it myself. I don't want to feel this way anymore I have often thought of quitting my job. When they do the above things, I get really irritable and I just need to leave the room. And if I don't, then I will just Huff and puff and they can tell I get really irritated. I know my co-workers are talking about it behind my back, and I really dont' blame them at all

Can this be cured with medication?

Apr 06, 2012
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Zoned out and flapping
by: Anonymous

Hi Christina.

I have mannerisms which i dare not do in public. Maybe you could try dancing or turning on the TV when you feel an episode like what you mentioned. My 20 months old son smiles at himself and tilts his head left and right so I don't know it too.

Apr 06, 2012
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dad &brother
by: marjory glasgow

Hi this all sounds very like stimming, watch youtube/ Temple grandin her film if you can. I aint no expert but this sounds very much like autism, their are all kinds, classic autism. aspergers etc. please look at u tube. Good luck.

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