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The Deafening Silence of My Anxiety: ADHD and Sound Sensitivity in Lockdown

anxiety and ADHD may have something to do with my life-long sensitivity to sound — and how I often struggle to separate background and foreground sounds. Sometimes this struggle has given me migraines.[Take This Test: Sensory Processing Disorder in Adults]What I learned about myself is this: anxiety plus too many mixed sounds equal brain malfunction.If I’m talking in a restaurant with a group of friends, and the room is loud, I sometimes have to practice my deep breathing to stay relaxed.

Just ask my husband about what works (or doesn’t) as background music when we entertain guests. I feel bad about all this, but as I get older, I realize it’s less about me being annoying as a person — and more about my ADHD brain being annoying as a

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