What treatments help with mental agitation of misophonia?

Posted by llilydolly @llilydolly, Dec 16, 2021

12-year-old granddaughter has had symptoms of Misophonia for about 18 months. It has recently gotten much worse. She has self-hate and is rejecting her family. She is beligerent and self-destructive, and has had to be hospitalized. This is believed to be a limbic nervous system abnormality. What treatments are available to treat the mental agitation and aggression?

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Hi @llilydolly, welcome. Clearly you are concerned for your young granddaughter. The symptoms of misophonia must be hard for her to manage and for the whole family and everyone in her circle at school and friends.

I've added your post to several groups to help find others to connect you with. I've included it in the About Kids & Teens, Brain & Nervous System and the Mental Health group.

I was not familiar with misophonia and found this article helpful to give me a base knowledge in plain language:
– Understanding Misophonia: When Everyday Sounds Cause Distress https://www.healthline.com/health/misophonia

According to the article, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn’t approved any medication to treat misophonia. No conclusive evidence suggests medication can help treat the condition. However, there are treatments that can help like cognitive behavioral therapy, counselling and tinnitus sound retraining.

Finding a good family therapist or parental support group can also help the whole family. I know it was really beneficial for my husband and I to find support when our teenager was dealing with mental health issues. It's so frightening.

Do you live close to your granddaughter? What support role do you play for the family?

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