Self-identified misophonia phenomenology, impact, and clinical correlates

James M. Claiborn, Thomas H. Dozier, Stephanie L. Hart, Jaehoon Lee

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Abstract

Misophonia is a newly recognized condition involving adverse emotional reactions to environmental sounds, most often produced by other people. This study reports results of a survey describing the phenomenology of misophonia based on a large sample. Survey data were collected from individuals self-identified as having misophonia. A total of 1,061 individuals reported specific distressing reactions to sounds, and responses indicating severity of misophonia and perceived comorbidity. Over 82% of respondents were female. The average age of the study participants was 37.49 years (SD = 12.24; range from 18 to 72). Most respondents reported multiple triggers and adverse emotional reactions, as well as multiple coping responses. The majority of respondents reported comorbid diagnoses. Misophonia severity is described, as well as impact on quality of life. A minority of respondents had some experience with treatment and most reported no change in symptoms. Treatments reported for misophonia were typically ineffective, and once developed, misophonia symptoms persist. The results of the study showed that misophonia is a newly recognized condition that appears to have important impact on people’s lives. It typically develops in early life, and is associated with a reduced quality of life, substantial comorbidity, negative emotional experiences, and behaviors that are likely to impact interpersonal relationships.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)349-375
Number of pages27
JournalPsychological Thought
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Anger
  • Comorbidity
  • Impairment
  • Misophonia
  • Phenomenology

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