sensory overload

To be honest, I first thought I'd send you a short private response by email, saying, "Please seek professional help." I stand by that advice. Certainly, not having any details -- and being journalist, not a doctor -- my answer would naturally be measured and limited. But I can help you see your predicament through a family lens.
It's more than “hatred of sound,” “chewing rage,” or “sound rage."
Is there a way to feel as if the day had a beautiful rainbow overhead? As if alongside the busyness was an undercurrent of a lovely day? How can you reduce the pressure and find the rainbow deep inside keeping you company?
Malia and Sasha Obama sit together at the Inaugural Parade, 2013 Photo: AP A group of women shares a meal, 2013 Photo: Getty
According to Dr. Elaine Aron, highly sensitive people (HSPs) make up approximately 15 to 20 percent of the population. While I would classify myself as a moderate HSP, there are certain triggers I now recognize that amplify my sensitivity. Here are eight survival strategies for HSPs.
We are human beings at work. Sometimes delicate times call for a slight reminder. Managing one's intake of information under such circumstances is directly related to what I call the new APR in the workplace: the attention, productivity and resilience of talent.
I don't know about you, but my GPS system has taken me off-route sometimes to some pretty crazy places. When I go off onto those dark roads that just don't seem quite right, I actually defy my GPS and force it to recalculate my route. The same is true in my life.
Dear Tables of People Gaping at Us in the Restaurant, I know what you heard. You heard my daughter screaming, admittedly very loudly. And I heard you too. I heard you say that some kids shouldn't be at restaurants. But here is what you don't see or hear...
Because of her many and varied sensory issues, Emma doesn't like wearing shoes, or socks, for that matter. So, no. We did not have sneakers to send into school. However, I decided to change that.
My 10-year-old autistic daughter, Emma, woke up in the middle of the night crying. Her screams of pain, the result of intense pressure in her ears, were like the sounds of an animal under attack.