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Seeking people with misophonia

Image I'm writing a piece on the little known disorder called "misophonia." I have mentioned it here before and was surprised that some commenters reported having its symptoms — mainly an intense repulsion and flood of rage while hearing the sounds of people eating. (It can also be activated by visual cues.)

As it happens, about a year after my post, the New York Times published an article on the subject:

The condition almost always begins in late childhood or early adolescence and worsens over time, often expanding to include more trigger sounds, usually those of eating and breathing.

“I don’t think 8- or 9-year-olds choose to wake up one morning and say, ‘Today my dad’s chewing is going to drive me insane,’ ” said Marsha Johnson, an audiologist in Portland, Ore., who runs an online forum for people with misophonia.

But that is what happens, she said, adding, “Soon the kid doesn’t want to come to the table or go to school.”

If you have experienced the symptoms or associate with someoone who does, please contact me at cliffbostock at gmail.com. I would also love to hear from servers or chefs who have any experience with it.