I never tire of finding ways to understand my damaged brain and what I deal with, how what I deal with plays out and how it may affect me in my daily life.
Having heightened senses means I perceive issues long before they outwardly present and notice the small things others may miss.
I constantly need time to process the flow of sensory inputs, because of the extensive damage to the cerebral cortex, which means my nervous system registers stimuli and then amplifies them internally.
Having heightened senses also means I have a heightened sense of smell and touch and have zero tolerance for itchy fabrics and loud or sudden sounds, which reflects my low threshold for sensory input. I am sensitive to animals and can often be irritated when I see abused or neglected animals.
My emotional experiences are continually at a constant intensity that it shapes my personality, my life, my writing, my relationships, and my interpretation of the world and how I cope with certain situations and experiences.
It also makes life incredibly hard, because I am constantly tied into emotions I cannot change, and that makes interactions difficult. The available evidence suggests Highly Sensitive People become highly sensitive through birth.