For most of us, sitting down to a family meal is a bonding experience – a time to relax and enjoy each other’s company. For those with a rare disorder called misophonia however, the idea of such a meal inspires feelings of fear and anxiety.
People suffering from misophonia have an intense dislike of certain noises, known as ‘trigger sounds’, and respond with anger, stress and sometimes even violent rage. Typical trigger sounds include eating noises, pen clicking, typing and tapping. Interestingly the feeling of stress and aggression is often amplified when the sounds come from those close to the sufferer, such as family members.
Meredith Rosol is a teacher who was diagnosed with misophonia two years ago,
“I haven’t eaten with my parents, at least without earplugs, in over a decade. I was six years old, and it started with my parents chewing at the dinner table.”
Her list of triggers has since grown to include heavy...