Anyone who has Sensory Processing Disorder may potentially know they deal with irrational fears through anxiety and stress that can also leave them feeling panicked. I get to deal with all three.
It’s very hard to explain to anyone who doesn’t understand what it is exactly that we deal with. Others will offer their opinions, think they know what we deal with and how we present, because they’re looking at their own version of what they assume we deal with. And although ‘SPD’ already throws uncertainties into the equation, it becomes difficult when we have to deal with other people’s assumptions of us.
We know SPD is a condition in which the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses and is brought about through brain damage, in my own case Cerebral Palsy. Sensory Processing Disorder, irrational fears and anxiety are simpatico, which means they work together.
It’s massively debilitating not to be able to control how the mind, body and nervous system respond to stress. It becomes doubly hard, when others fail to understand or stand back to help us deal with those issues. In that moment, things can become very intense, when what we think and feel becomes ever consuming to the point of feeling panicked.
Something as simple as being late for an appointment, consuming too much food, drinking alcohol, where something has the ability to change and we have no control on how we perceive the issue, those can all be triggers.
It’s not that we want control over those things, we want control of how those things make us feel. There is a difference. This is what isn’t understood by others. Hopefully now they will understand.