I have some, but not the others?

Since I can remember, I have been sensitive to clothes. It has dictated my life and it still is now that I'm an almost 16yo female.

I cannot wear anything that doesn't have a stretchy waist/doesn't allow me to move. I can't have tags on my pants or my shirts. I have to wear baggy t-shirts because I can't stand if they touch my armpits. I can't stand underwear.

I know these things are bad and I've been looked down upon all my life and I really have had no where to turn to. People have made and still do make fun of me in school for the clothes that I wear. I wish they would understand that I want to wear jeans and a nice shirt *but I simply can't*.

This is a fairly recent one, but I can't have wet hair on my ears-it's just not going to happen. After I shower every night, I have to put earbuds around my ears so they block my hair from touching my ears.

The thing is, I also enjoy some things that are on this list. I love tight socks, there's nothing quite like a brand new pair of socks for me. I also love spicy food, anything spicy is good with me. I also can't stand when the lights are dimmed, it makes me frustrated and nervous.

What can I do? Is there anything I can do or is it too late? I've struggled with this all my life.

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Mar 24, 2012
Nope, never to late
by: Kaleena Chamberlin

I'm almost twenty and I'm almost completely the opposite, except for the baggy t-shirt. ;)

When I was little my parents got a baby brush and they literately brushed my skin. This will help stimulate the nerves and get you used to something rubbing against your skin. I couldn't wear jeans until I was over twelve, now that's all I wear except for cargo pants.

You can take textures that bother you and stick your hands in it. This includes food, gak, slime, silly putty, whatever. Normally you can find things like this at your local dollar store or K-mart or even Walmart.

For lights I'm not sure what to tell you. I'm the opposite here too. I can't hardly see when they're to bright. Try getting yourself used to it be toning it down one light at a time or getting a light pair of sunglasses, like maybe a colored pair. Check with your eye doctor and make sure the irises doesn't open to much. This might be an actual light problem. If it's the SPD, try the light thing, and then try going to things like movie theaters. Places your mind knows should be dark.

These are the only things I know of at first, but the more you work with textiles, the more you'll get used to them. It sounds like you have what I have, which is called two layer skin. It's not a term doctors use much anymore. If you like you can look me up on facebook under the name I've posted under, or send me an e-mail at theauthy@yahoo.com. If you have any questions I might be able to help with, I'd be happy to.

Oh, and as far as getting your ears wet, I know how you feel. I keep my hair short, but it's the same thing, you just have to gradually let yourself get used to the feeling. Maybe wet your finger and rub it along the back of your ear. I hope this helps a little bit.

Never fear. It'll get better. It doesn't go away and there's days that it totally sucks and goes completely off the wall, but those days are usually few and far between. It's like riding a bike. The more you work with it, the less severe it seems.

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