(Forest Park, GA)
Hi, I'm 52 and was self diagnosed with Asperger's
Syndrome about 5 years ago. After reading about SPD I think this may explain my extreme sensitivity to lights. It is so severe that I can't drive at night. I have been this way as long as I can remember. My family kept telling me that once I grew up and started driving that I would "adjust" to the lights. Driving at night especially is sooooo painful. It feels like the car lights are stabbing my eyes and it takes tremendous concentration for me to stay focused on where my car is on the road. It leaves me with flashes of disorientation. Its not only the car lights but even the street lights bother me.
There are just too many things to focus on. I have to have absolute silence. My sense of direction seems to fly out the window at night. I become very anxious, almost in a panic attack. I don't drive on the freeway either, because there are just too many things to focus on at once. Thank you for this article, it validates me, giving a scientific explanation. It really helps me not to feel bad or condemned about ME!