I’ve written a couple posts so far or my current diagnoses and this is another and there will be one more to come. To see the one on Borderline Personality Disorder or Schizoaffective Disorder click the links.
I’ve always had what I have referred to as “sensory issues.” I though Sensory processing disorder was only a diagnosis children could have. After this last hospitalization (Oct 2014) I was surprised to see this listed on my discharge paperwork for the very fist time. Many prior discharge paper works have had my main diagnosis of BPD and Schizoaffective disorder. So me being the person that I am went to search the internet, and lo and behold it’s a correct diagnosis.
I was surprised to find out clumsiness is common in people with SPD, I fall so often I usualy don’t know where my bruises come from, terrible balance all my life.
I’m very sensitive with what I will allow to come into contact with my hands specifically my palms and fingers. I rarely wash my hands and put on sunscreen because of the discomfort. I use to wash my hair with my forearms but now can tolerate a quick wash with my hands. I don’t use any lotions or oils. I will not give you a high five. I can’t stand holding hands or handshakes. And when I clap my hands, it goes palm to outside of hand or palm on knees. When I’m in the pool I keep my hands out of the water.
There are certain fabrics I can’t wear like satin and volure and other random fabrics. I can’t have underwear with tags on them.
As far as smells go I’m mostly okay but I don’t like heavy perfume or body sprays.
I can’t stand the sound of sharpening knives, people flossing, and probably some other stuff I can’t think of right now.
I appreciate the diagnosis because now some of my weird “quirks” fit into something that is legit. I’ve also found a couple sensory blogs and that’s been helpful too.