S7 E22 - 1/11/2024

S7E22 - Seiara

Seiara is the host of the Behind the Stigma podcast. She shares her academic journey in psychology and her plans for a PhD in the philosophy of psychiatry. She discusses her early experiences with misophonia and the complexity of the condition. Seiara also talks about cultural attitudes towards mental health in Dubai and Azerbaijan. She shares her family dynamics and their reactions to her misophonia. Finally, she explores the effectiveness of exposure therapy and discusses recent neurostimulation studies for misophonia. The conversation explores the topics of neurostimulation and misophonia, the side effects of neurostimulation, visual triggers and misophonia, boundary issues and misophonia, the concept of Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), the validity of HSP in psychology, constructs and personal identity, attachment theory and misophonia, the impact of dysregulated behaviors, personal experiences with dysregulated behavior, self-exploration and healing, and mind-body integration and senses. 

Behind the Stigma podcast 

Takeaways

  • Neurostimulation is a potential treatment for misophonia, but more research is needed to understand its effectiveness and potential side effects.
  • Visual triggers, such as certain movements, can also be a trigger for individuals with misophonia.
  • Misophonia may be related to boundary issues and a sense of violation when personal space is invaded.
  • The concept of Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) can provide insights into misophonia and other sensitivities but one should be careful of oversimplified constructs.
  • Childhood experiences, including attachment styles and dysregulated behaviors, may contribute to the development of misophonia.
  • Self-exploration and finding activities that regulate the nervous system, such as conscious dancing, can help manage misophonia triggers.
  • Mind-body integration and reconnecting with the senses may be beneficial for individuals with misophonia.