Irrational fears & SPD

Having Sensory Processing Disorder (“SPD”) means I deal with anxiety and fear, fear that can sometimes be irrational, particularly when it comes to illness. That doesn’t mean I’m irrational it just means my fears are.

Rational and irrational fears given you little warning, but it is important we’re given as much time as we need to work through our fears. Anxiety caused by fears, will seep into our every day lives.

When it comes to anxiety, it’s important parents recognise the importance of figuring out triggers and why certain issues become triggers. Each child will have different triggers, but it is important they have coping strategies.

Not knowing I had Autism (Asperger’s) as a child, meant I continued to struggle mentally and emotionally, and coupled with bad thoughts, my anxiety and fear was continual. With SPD we need to be prepared for all eventualities.

Having that just knowing feel is soothing and reassuring, fear when not knowing at all. Not knowing increases the severity of a reaction. Children must be ready to anticipate each issue as it presents. With SPD it’s easy for us to get caught out.

Because I have SPD, new circumstances increase my anxiety and that creates irrational fears, irrational fears where I simply fail to cope.


5 May, 2019

2 thoughts on “Irrational fears & SPD

  1. Almost everyone has an irrational fear or two, spiders, is a good example. As you say, when fears become so severe that they cause tremendous anxiety they can interfere with everyday normal life.

    Now that you have your diagnosis, you and others can understand the basis for your fears and to me that makes them rational – they are founded in your Aspergers.

    1. Thanks, yes of course but sadly not everyone will see our fears of anxiety as rational. Others tend to see us as being irrational or intense.

      I think it’s important others understand the basis for our fears. We need the help but sometimes may end up with someone’s disapproval instead.

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