Bloke so upset by the sound of chewing, he hasn’t spoken to his family in years
Let’s be honest, we all have our quirks and eccentricities. Usually, though, we find ways to manage them or to cope. In some circles, we might even call that kind of thing ‘growing up’. Don’t get us wrong, we know that some people are super annoying – and everything from their chewing to the sound of their breath whistling through their nose can be a proper piss-off, but after reading Derrol’s story, you’ll be glad you don’t have Misophonia, a rare mental disorder…
Okay, everyone, say g’day to Derrol. He’s a 41 year-old graphic design company manager and he’s got a case of misophonia so bloody solid that it’s ruined his relationships with family and exes.
“I thought I was crazy for many years,” he reckons. “Little noises would make me just fly into a rage. People don’t understand it and I can’t explain it. It’s affected relationships, especially people I’ve been dating and family members, because you take it out on the people closest to you because you think they should understand.”
Of course, these are probably the people you’re also hearing smack their lips, slurp their spaghetti and suck their salami. Unfortunately, for Derrol, his misophonia covers way more than just the sound of chewing.
“Chewing is a big one and specific voices. One noise can stick out and if I’m in a restaurant, I hear one person’s voice and then I hear the cutlery, it makes me go crazy. The rustling of plastic bags drives me absolutely crazy, and I haven’t been to the movies for more than 10 years because people opening food bags is a very bad trigger. It’s definitely made dating interesting, and I haven’t been able to speak to relatives for years as the throat clearing would make situations tense.”
Fortunately, despite some obvious difficulties, Derrol’s found love with his partner Kurt, who gives him a yell when he’s about to start chewing loudly. “Misophonia contributed to the breakdown of my relationship with my ex, so it’s huge that Kurt is so understanding.”
Final thought: You know what, we get it. We’re not particularly keen on the sound of other people eating either. To be honest, it’s pretty friggen gross. Considering how badly those noises affect Derrol, misophonia isn’t a condition we’d wish on anyone.
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