Quick! We need help!

Ugh! Triggers are the worst. Here's an incomplete list of possible triggers...just so you know you aren't going crazy. Remember: sometimes you can be triggered without hearing a noise. For instance, you may be triggered when you see someone chomping gum in the car next to you..even if you can't hear it.

  • Gum smacking, chewing, chomping
  • Eating sounds 
  • Finger licking and mouth sounds
  • Slurping or swallowing
  • Throat clearing
  • Sniffling or other nose sounds
  • Breathing or snoring
  • Foot or finger tapping
  • Sighing or exhaling
  • Lips smacking or separating
  • Coughing or sneezing
  • Tooth sucking
  • Pet tags, pet licking, etc.
  • Flossing
  • Certain syllables...B, K, Ch, S, P, T
  • Water bottle crinkling
  • Silverware scraping

And more...

phrases to save the day

"You can wear your headphones in the car. It's ok."

"I can see you are triggered. I'm going to leave you alone for a bit."

You or someone you love has just been triggered. Here are some thoughts and tips:

  • The triggered person has no control over this condition. It's not his/her fault.
  • Assure the triggered person that you are trying understand and that you aren't mad.
  • Forgive yourself if you've been triggered. If someone else is triggered, forgive them. You don't need to be religious to forgive...but it's a powerful tool.
  • Move to a trigger-free area. A bathroom with running water is my hidey-hole!
  • Do a few push-ups or jumping jacks RIGHT AWAY to push back the anxiety feeling.
  • Blow a very big breath of air out of your mouth and imagine the trigger flying out.
  • Remember, you hate the trigger, not the person who triggered you. Keep them separate.
  • Never force someone to endure a trigger.
  • People with Misophonia can't "just get over it" and they can't "just get used to it." Those words are hurtful.
  • If the trigger is repeating in your head, mentally shout "NO!NO!NO!" each time it repeats.
  • Moms: please take this to heart: Your child needs you now more than ever. She loves you but she probably can't show it. Become your child's advocate, her superhero, her punching bag, her wingman, her sidekick. Whatever. Fight for her!

"This isn't your fault. You haven't done anything wrong."

"My child has an auditory condition and she can't be in tight spaces."

misophonia changes everything...except the love you have for your child.

Triggers: A short list

"I'm feeling triggered so I"m going to step away."

"You can eat dinner wherever you feel most comfortable. We love you."

Support for families with a child suffering from Misophona.

"You'll always be my baby and I love you no matter what."

Misophonia moms