How Do I Manage Misophonia?

Approach

When working with people that report impairment in functioning and significant psychological distress associated with symptoms of Misophonia, we recommend use of

  • A multidisciplinary approach AND
  • An individualized care plan that uses evidence-based treatments and processes of change

Coping Skills and Managing Misophonia

Why Coping Skills? Why Manage Misophonia? Why Not a Cure?

  • Nothing scientifically proven to treat or cure Misophonia
  • Though we cannot prevent the physiological "misophonic response," coping skills can:
    • Regulate attention and physiological arousal to reduce the frequency or intensity of being triggered
    • Reduce emotional distress related to Misophonia
    • Help sufferers to understand the disorder
    • Improve functioning in relationships, at work, or at school
    • Aid with family tensions related to Misophonia
    • Allow sufferers and their families to advocate for themselves at school and work

What are Coping Skills?

  • Psychoeducational (understanding Misophonia, the nervous system, and the brain)
  • Cognitive (altering thoughts and emotions surrounding Misophonia, the "misophonic response," and the people from whom trigger sounds emanate)
  • Behavioral (developing new behavioral patterns of responding and regulating emotions)
  • Physiological (how to calm the body and return to homeostasis)