Should I do anything?

I am currently a teenager. As a child I met so many of the traits of this list and my everyday life was affected by it. We didn't have much money though so I never got evaluated and just learned to adapt.

A lot of my symptoms have disappeared but I still have somethings like being tactile sensitive, cannot eat meat (or touch it or smell it) at all, doing certain calming rituals that are mentioned here and are a bit atypical for most teenagers I think, as well as a few other things I won't say to save space.

What I want to know is can I just continue with my everyday life? I mean sometimes these things really get to me, but I don't think it's really keeping me from functioning, so I don't need to go to an OT or anything right? Will the rest of my symptoms fade as I get older like the others did? Am I just overreacting to typical human things that aren't usually talked about?

Also on a side note I am wondering if there are any studies or personal experiences of eye floaters and visual static/little flashing lights being a symptom of SPD.

Thank you in advance for reading and responding.

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Dec 04, 2009
Dont despair
by: Narayan

Brave of you to admit all this. Now, the good news: I have exactly the same kinds of symptoms but i'm 55, a successful professional editor, traveled all around the world, donated a kidney, paint,make music and have three beautiful grown up daughters! All this while finding noise, touch, sights sometimes so unbearable and exhausting that I just wilt like a leaf. Everything has always seemed like an extra effort.

I guess what i'm trying to say is yes, these symptoms won't go away, but actually you can learn to deal with them and they can actually enhance yr life. Once you find the correct sensory balance you can be moved to spiritual heights by the the simplest of things... your sensitivity to nature will get more and more exquisite as you proceed in life.

I was lucky enough to find a job (writing) and a company that gave me space, distance but all this happened after many years of trial and error.

You are different: glory in it! Smile at it! Use humour to laugh at your own situation, as it is ridiculous to be soooooo oversensitive, believe me, but I am and i'm sure you are too.

To world will not be closed to you. It will unfold for you, bit by bit, year by year, and you will have the capacity - if you learn how to direct it - to love others and love creation in a way that will bring very deep nourishment in your soul. That emptiness inside you, if you feel it, or that sense of being skewed or wrong somehow, all that will fade as you find acceptance.

You have a huge amount to give to the world. Dont shrink from it, but be clever and wise, approach life as a gift that needs careful unwrapping, but don't shun it. You WILL shine. You WILL have your day. Go boldly forward...

Jul 29, 2009
Me too!!!
by: Anonymous

I'm 31 and just realized recently I have SPD. Like you said many of the issues went away as I learned to cope. Other things I'm still trying to figure out how to cope with out having little freak outs! My daughter has SPD and I've been learning so much on how to help me by figuring what helps her! We just started OT for her and I'm thinking I should get OT for myself as well!

I don't know if it's related, but I have eye floaters, flashing lights, strange fuzzy images in my vision. I have a lot of items checked on the hypo sensitivity to visual input and wonder if the vision issues are related.

Jun 06, 2009
EEG neurofeedback
by: Mark A

I recommend using neurofeedback to resolve neurological issues. Go to for more information on what EEG biofeedback can do and where to access a practitioner. This developing technology has been used for ADD, Stress, sleep, OCD, PTSD, and so many other brain based dysfunctions that it is not possible to list them all here. It can be used to improve self esteem, increase sports performance, and improve many areas of functioning that enhance every day activities.

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