I was diagnosed ADHD (inattentive & hyperactive) and started meds this past November. I immediately began researching after my diagnosis and literally started crying because everything finally started to make sense! My short term memory issues, procrastination, daydreaming, incomplete projects, inability to focus on most tasks while yet hyper-focusing on others, food texture issues, annoyance with certain noises, fidgeting, disorganization, and more all finally had a REASON...they weren't all unrelated "quirks" and "problems", they were all related to one issue!. . . . . . . . . . My sensory issues are relatively mild compared to many who have posted here. I HAVE to have some type of white noise to sleep well. I need a fan, window a/c or other steady "white noise" at night. It also probably explains why I am able to sleep so well when it's raining...I LOVE the sound of the rain. It's always been very relaxing to me. Since I got an iPod Touch a few months ago, I've been using a white noise app at night. Oddly, the fan noise on the app annoys me even though a fan in real life does not. Almost every noise in the app annoys me...except the crickets. I absolutely love the sound of the crickets. My husband likes to fall asleep with the radio on. Unless I'm extremely tired I can not fall asleep with the radio on - especially if it's low. My mind focuses so much on the words of the songs I can't "shut down". I either have to wait until the sleep timer shuts the radio off after an hour or get up and walk to his side of the bed and turn off the radio after he's fallen asleep. Normally I will then fall asleep within a couple of minutes after shutting off the radio. Oddly, it doesn't bother me as much if the radio is at a louder level.
The sounds of people chewing drives me bonkers. And smacking, ugh, that's almost unbearable. Unfortunately, my husband and oldest daughter have very small lips, which I think contributes to them smacking more than the average person since there's less of what I call "lip tissue" to keep their mouths closed when they chew. I will often take my plate and eat in the living room rather than sit at the table with them because I simply cannot stand the sounds they make when they chew. I normally even hear them when I'm sitting in the living room, but I can usually focus my attention on the TV to help drown out their eating noises.
Other sounds that drive me bonkers are dripping water and dogs licking.
My husband likes to listen to loud music, but I can't stand it much above normal listening level - particularly if I am doing ANYTHING that requires any sort of thought. I'm fine with it being a little loud in the mornings while I'm showering/putting on makeup/fixing hair/getting dressed, but once the "mindless, auto-pilot" part of my day is over, forget it...the music/TV has got to be turned down...a lot.
I've never felt comfortable in "frilly" clothes - I always said they were "itchy". I could not wear flip-flops until the past couple of years because I simply could not stand having anything between my toes. I also have a sock issue. I don't like my socks too loose or too tight (my toes HAVE to be able to wiggle freely) and can not stand it when there is a wrinkle or misaligned toe seam. I will stop what I'm doing, no matter where I am, and take my shoe off and fix the offending sock or stocking. And I can feel a hair - a single hair - in my sock. That's almost WORSE than any of the other issues with my socks. A single stray hair that's somehow found it's way from my hair/brush/etc. into my sock (or any other article of clothing for that matter). Even in areas of my body where hair grows naturally I can feel a single hair that doesn't belong. If I'm not home I have to immediately find the nearest private area and dig out the hair from my shirt/bra/pants/underwear/etc. When I'm wearing glasses of any kind I can not stand to have hair "under" the arm or ear piece.
After reading everyone else's responses I realized that my "normal" wardrobe also consists of oversized t-shirts/sweatshirts, sweat pants, pajama pants and loose shorts. (I run my business from my home, so I VERY RARELY have to "dress" anymore.) I absolutely hated getting "dressed" for work when I worked in the "real world", except the job I had once as the office manager at a doctor's office...when they offered me the option of wearing "nice" scrubs like everyone else in the office instead of "business clothes" I jumped at the chance! (Now I know WHY I enjoyed that so much - other than not having to think about what I was going to wear to work. Hmm...should I wear the scrubs or the scrubs today? I think I'll wear the scrubs.)
I've always been weird about food textures too. I would not eat jello for a long time when I was a kid because it was jiggly. I don't eat beans or peas of any kind (except green beans) because they are kind of squishy when you bite into them. I don't like the texture of smell of fish or any kind of seafood. I will, however, eat frozen fish sticks (cooked) if I've got plenty of ketchup - probably because the fish is minced up so much and covered with so much breading that it really doesn't even resemble real fish. And I will only eat eggs that are what I call scrambled well and cooked hard (not counting eggs that are used in baking, etc.).
It's nice to know there is an actual reason behind it!
I feel like I have some sensory issues, but I notice it's worse when I'm actually getting things accomplished. Almost like I'm trying super hard to fight the distractions but there's just this HORRIBLE noise that will NOT go away! The noises that bother me most are mostly sounds people might make with their mouth - smacking food, loud chewing of gum, grunting noises when people eat. LOL....I suppose mostly to do with food as well! I also hate the way certain textures feel. When I get out of the shower or wash my hands and then touch a towel....it drives me CRAZY...I have to put lotion on before I can touch a towel. I hate for my feet to touch the sheets on my bed without lotion. I can't even describe the way cotton feels to me when I don't have recently moisturized skin. I have tried explaining it to people who look at me strange when they see me frantically searching for my lotion and they just don't get it. And I have not liked that stupid seam on the toes of socks since I was a kid!! And my 4yr old Son doesn't like it either!
; ) I always feel like such a freak when I tell people about these things that annoy me!!!
HI All four of my children have ADHD . I was wondering if any one else did this? They all sucked on there sleave or neck of shirt. my daughter also chews her hair, bits her nails and chews he lips. thanks