Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight: What to Do If You Are Sensory Defensive in an Overstimulating World.

Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight: What to Do If You Are Sensory Defensive in an Overstimulating World. – book review

(HarperCollins, 2002) By Sharon Heller, Ph.D.

Anxious, depressed, perhaps even mildly autistic. These are the standard diagnoses for someone who shrinks from bright lights and sudden noises. But the problem may be what Sharon Heller, Ph.D., calls “sensory defensive disorder.” An occupational therapist and “artful dodger of sensation,” Heller claims to be among some 15 percent of adults who are hypersensitive to external stimuli. First recognized in the 1960s among hyperactive children, sensory defensiveness has never been an officially recognized disorder. And it’s easy to see why: Heller’s checklist of symptoms includes tendencies as universal as dreading the dentist. Whatever the etiology, many people do alter their lives to avoid what they consider to be disturbing sensory input. For them, Heller offers tips on insulating oneself from a fast, furious world.–K.P.

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