Alone and Irritated Adult
I'm a 30 year old female and I was diagnosed with ADHD 3 years ago. However, ADHD doesn't explain my extremely sensitive hearing or sensitivity to touch. I sleep (and spend much of the day) with earplugs but still hear every single noise. I've tried almost every brand of earplugs but in the middle of the night my ears always start to hurt and I have to take them out. I lay awake until the ear pain stops and I can reinsert the plugs. Yes, I'm chronically sleep deprived.
On the topic of sleep, it's a major issue for me. No matter how hot the room is I have to use a quilt and I sleep with an eye mask because light keeps me awake.
I haven't been officially diagnosed with SPD because of insurance issues. I'm freelance writer and a new diagnosis could cause my insurance premiums to sky rocket or they might cancel my plan all together. Therefore, seeing a physician or an OT is not an option and right now I can't afford to pay out of pocket. Do you know of any free or discounted services in the Chicago area?
Your website has been very informative and helpful but it also incredibly irritating. Much of the site is focused on children, which I understand, but there are a lot of adults SUFFERING and very little attention is paid to us. I read your "tips for adults" and it made me feel much more alone and worthless than I already do. So many of your suggestions involved playing with your kids or seeking support from your spouse/family. I am ALONE in a new city with my friends and parents hundreds of miles away! What am I supposed to do?
As an adult with ADHD and possibly SPD who the heck will want to marry (let alone have kids) a freak like me? After spending the last 2 hours on your site I feel depressed and hopeless. If you could please be a little more sensitive to the needs of single adults with SPD I (and I'm sure some of your other readers) would really appreciate it.