14 January 2018 - 13:59
Hi, dear OCD community,
I have searched for a similar topic on this forum, but couldn't find anything. I know that intolerance to certain sounds is a common problem between those with OCD - it is called misophonia or noise anxiety.
I am having a very hard time with any sounds coming from my neighbours' apartment. These sounds don't have to be particularly loud - even a little bump causes me a lot of stress. Feelings of anxiety and anger overwhelm me each time I hear an unwanted sound and all that I can do is concentrate on this noise, trying to figure out where it is coming from and thinking of how inconsiderate my neighbours are.
Recently, all this obsessing about neigbors' sounds has come to the level where I cannot work, read or enjoy my everyday life anymore. I feel tired, stressed, angry and filled with very dark thoughts. Earplugs hurt my ears very much, so they are not an option. I also cannot afford to move to some other place - anyway, I doubt if moving would help as the problem is obviously in me, not in my neighbours.
I just wish I could pay no attention to all small sounds that surround me and have some peace of mind finally. If there are any people here who also suffer from the same problem, please share your experience.