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Re: the book Dinah

Posted by ClearSkies on January 14, 2008, at 11:45:23

In reply to Re: the book ClearSkies, posted by Dinah on January 14, 2008, at 11:15:10

> I don't get them quite as often I think. But then I try to arrange a quiet life. Going into the office more often is going to mess with that for sure.
> Do you get the auditory discharges too? When I'm really overstimulated I get the hearing equivilant. A low murmur or medium roar of rising and falling voices, with no words distinguishable. But the cadences of conversation. Like the background in a noisy restaurant. And only when I start to fall asleep.

My disturbances are mostly visual - I also get distortions, like an Alice In Wonderland effect, that I'm overly large (by hundreds of times) than the things in my surroundings, or the reverse. Like I'm a microscopic size in comparison with what's around me, and obviously distorted, but not in a scary way. I'm always rapt when this happens but don't try to disengage it, because it's never threatening to me. If anything, I find it soothing and distracting. (This all happens with my eyes closed with no actual visual input, btw.) Noises are usually associated with migraine auras - when I can't filter out noises and so can't relax, or concentrate.

I do find it fascinating, the tricks our brains try to play on us to keep us going in a loop that's supposed to have ended, like the auditory or visual overstimulation on any given day. Like it can't bring itself to break the circuit.

And then, the other day I was really surprised when, trying to calm myself down from feeling really panicked, I lay down for a little bit and found myself sound asleep for several hours. Where did that need for a nap come from? I did feel quite restored because of it, but I'd only intended to be quiet for a bit, and zzzz.....





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