We all have sounds that grate us. It can be anything. Fingernails down a chalkboard, people chewing & swallowing loudly, pens clicking, breathing sounds etc.
But for some people, normal innocuous noises are torture and can literally push someone into a burst of rage or disgust.
These people have a condition known as Misophonia – which accurately means the hatred of sound. (Is it just me or is Misophonia is such an ugly, unmelodious word? The meaning suits its sound.)
In a recent article in the New York Times (Please Stop Making That Sound, 23 Feb 2015) the author Dr Barron Lerner (who also suffers from it) writes:
For me, one of the most frustrating aspects of misophonia is what I call the 'incredulity factor'. For years, I could not believe that my friends and relatives were not getting as upset at what I considered rude behaviors. They were getting frustrated with me for focusing on sounds they did not really hear.
But are we giving too much credence to a series of symptoms that are no big deal?
Overnight Live presenter Owen Simons spoke to clinical psychologist Bradley Daniels to find out more...