Anyone familiar with the term HSP (Highly Sensitve Person)?

Posted by ginmorgan @ginmorgan, Apr 19, 2022

I am 49. I recently came across this term, and I work emergency medicine, and feel like I'm having a life changing epiphany. Does anyone know if this can be scientifically explained so my family can have peace that I REALLY AM MENTALLY HEALTHY! My mom worked in the psychiatry field and I think she has the trait, so it is VITAL to my mother that she believe in healthy. Not just ok. I'm very lonely, and I need my family to believe and know the next time I tell them I have let this go.

Interested in more discussions like this? Go to the Depression & Anxiety Support Group.

Hi @ginmorgan and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Are you referring to highly sensitive person (HSP)? I would like to introduce you to @aliali who also is a HSP. You can see their post here:
– How to use the book Mind Over Mood: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/how-to-use-the-book-mind-over-mood/

I think you can let your mother know that HSP isn't a disorder or a condition, but rather a personality trait that's also known as sensory-processing sensitivity (SPS).
Because of HSP, do you feel you have any limitations?

REPLY
@amandaa

Hi @ginmorgan and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Are you referring to highly sensitive person (HSP)? I would like to introduce you to @aliali who also is a HSP. You can see their post here:
– How to use the book Mind Over Mood: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/how-to-use-the-book-mind-over-mood/

I think you can let your mother know that HSP isn't a disorder or a condition, but rather a personality trait that's also known as sensory-processing sensitivity (SPS).
Because of HSP, do you feel you have any limitations?

Jump to this post

YES I DO! My husband won't even try to understand. He says it's a rabbit hole and it's not good for me to research it. But, for the first time in my life, I AM LEARNING HOW TO HEAL MY BODY and it feels amazing!

REPLY
@ginmorgan

YES I DO! My husband won't even try to understand. He says it's a rabbit hole and it's not good for me to research it. But, for the first time in my life, I AM LEARNING HOW TO HEAL MY BODY and it feels amazing!

Jump to this post

@ginmorgan I am very interested to hear from you, how you are healing your body.

As @amandaa mentioned being a highly sensitive person is a personality trait, also known as sensory-processing sensitivity. It's something we are born with, and is considered by many experts to be part of the neurodiversity group. For me, I am also on the autism spectrum, with Aspergers Syndrome. Quite a combination, definitely!

Working in emergency medicine, how does being a highly sensitive person empower you in your job? Or, does it make your job more difficult? Are you exhausted at the end of a workday?
Ginger

REPLY
@gingerw

@ginmorgan I am very interested to hear from you, how you are healing your body.

As @amandaa mentioned being a highly sensitive person is a personality trait, also known as sensory-processing sensitivity. It's something we are born with, and is considered by many experts to be part of the neurodiversity group. For me, I am also on the autism spectrum, with Aspergers Syndrome. Quite a combination, definitely!

Working in emergency medicine, how does being a highly sensitive person empower you in your job? Or, does it make your job more difficult? Are you exhausted at the end of a workday?
Ginger

Jump to this post

Would this be different from the Hyperacusis which is descriptive of persons w/Spina Bifida or part and parcel of the same if that makes any sense?????

REPLY
@amandaa

Hi @ginmorgan and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Are you referring to highly sensitive person (HSP)? I would like to introduce you to @aliali who also is a HSP. You can see their post here:
– How to use the book Mind Over Mood: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/how-to-use-the-book-mind-over-mood/

I think you can let your mother know that HSP isn't a disorder or a condition, but rather a personality trait that's also known as sensory-processing sensitivity (SPS).
Because of HSP, do you feel you have any limitations?

Jump to this post

FYI – I got a 404 page not found error message when trying to click the hyperlink in your post.

REPLY
@jpresti1

Would this be different from the Hyperacusis which is descriptive of persons w/Spina Bifida or part and parcel of the same if that makes any sense?????

Jump to this post

@jpresti1 Hyperacusis is a hearing disorder associated with ageing, tinnitus [many people having tinnitus also experience hyperacusis]

Here is an article from WebMD about hyperacusis: https://www.webmd.com/brain/sound-sensitivity-hyperacusis

Have you been diagnosed with hyperacusis? Within our hearing loss group here on Mayo Clinic Connect, thete is a discussion that includes information about hyperacusis: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/noise-sensitivity-with-hearing-loss/
I suggest you check out the posts there. Will you do that?
Ginger

REPLY
@kermit2021

FYI – I got a 404 page not found error message when trying to click the hyperlink in your post.

Jump to this post

Hello @kermit2021. I believe this is the link you were looking for:

– How to use the book Mind Over Mood: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/how-to-use-the-book-mind-over-mood/

REPLY
@gingerw

@jpresti1 Hyperacusis is a hearing disorder associated with ageing, tinnitus [many people having tinnitus also experience hyperacusis]

Here is an article from WebMD about hyperacusis: https://www.webmd.com/brain/sound-sensitivity-hyperacusis

Have you been diagnosed with hyperacusis? Within our hearing loss group here on Mayo Clinic Connect, thete is a discussion that includes information about hyperacusis: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/noise-sensitivity-with-hearing-loss/
I suggest you check out the posts there. Will you do that?
Ginger

Jump to this post

“YES I WILL”; SCARED TO DEATH OF FIRE ALARMS FOR EXAMPLE SO WONDERED IF THAT WAS ONE AND THE SAME CONDITION & HAVE TINNITUS AS WELL —

BEEN TOLD MY/THE NORMAL PRESSURE HYDROCEPHALUS IS THE CULPRIT FOR THAT HOWEVER NOT EVER BEEN TOLD OF A HYPERACUSIS DIAGNOSIS IN SO MANY WORDS THOUGH…..

Genetic/Congenital —

Williams syndrome, idiopathic hypercalcemy (Fanconi and Williams–Beuren syndrome), Cri du Chat syndrome, Tay–Sachs disease, Cogan syndrome, GM1 gangliosidosis, spina bifida

H/T: https://hyperacusisfocus.org/research/causes/

REPLY
@jpresti1

“YES I WILL”; SCARED TO DEATH OF FIRE ALARMS FOR EXAMPLE SO WONDERED IF THAT WAS ONE AND THE SAME CONDITION & HAVE TINNITUS AS WELL —

BEEN TOLD MY/THE NORMAL PRESSURE HYDROCEPHALUS IS THE CULPRIT FOR THAT HOWEVER NOT EVER BEEN TOLD OF A HYPERACUSIS DIAGNOSIS IN SO MANY WORDS THOUGH…..

Genetic/Congenital —

Williams syndrome, idiopathic hypercalcemy (Fanconi and Williams–Beuren syndrome), Cri du Chat syndrome, Tay–Sachs disease, Cogan syndrome, GM1 gangliosidosis, spina bifida

H/T: https://hyperacusisfocus.org/research/causes/

Jump to this post

@jpresti1 I also went to this website you linked to. It is not put in by a medical person, nor has any of the information been medically reviewed/approved.

As for not hearing fire alarms, or phone ringing, or knocks on the front door. My father had these issues in his later years. He missed the smoke alarm when he burned some toast, and didn't know anything was amiss until the super came barging through the front door! He had a flashing light installed, and a vibration feature to his bed.

Would something like that help?
Ginger

REPLY
Please sign in or register to post a reply.