I cannot remember when I developed misophonia but I remember the first time it triggered rage: when the neighbor’s dog was allowed to bark nonstop for hours day after day. I talked about it nonstop. My husband didn’t understand why I was so bothered — he barely noticed the barking.
Although I loved our little house, when my husband and I decided to move, I felt instant relief. We moved to a brand new neighborhood. Initially we didn’t have neighbors and then when we did, she had THREE Golden Retrievers, kept them in too small of a space on the side of the house, and she worked a lot. God knows what my blood pressure was then, especially when she claimed they didn’t bark.
The neighbor on the other side added a waterfall and I thought I would go insane. Everyone else thought it sounded nice or they could ignore it but I was hyper-focused on that thing. But I had no issues when we went on vacation and spent a week in a cabin right next to the Salmon River. Go figure.
I’m sure that between misophonia and having Restless Leg Syndrome (before it was known), my parents probably thought I was a little freak.
I greatly appreciate your outlining additional symptoms. Perhaps one of my kids is also suffering with misophonia but we don’t know it yet. She was born being hyper-sensitive too much activity.