Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight: What to Do If You Are Sensory Defensive in an Overstimulating World
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Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight: What to Do If You Are Sensory Defensive in an Overstimulating World

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by Sharon Heller
     
 

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In the publishing tradition of Driven to Distraction or The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing, this prescriptive book by a developmental psychologist and sufferer of Sensory Defensive Disorder (SD) sheds light on a little known but common affliction in which sufferers react to harmless stimuli as irritating, distracting or dangerous.

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In the publishing tradition of Driven to Distraction or The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing, this prescriptive book by a developmental psychologist and sufferer of Sensory Defensive Disorder (SD) sheds light on a little known but common affliction in which sufferers react to harmless stimuli as irritating, distracting or dangerous.

We all know what it feels like to be irritated by loud music, accosted by lights that are too bright, or overwhelmed by a world that moves too quickly. But millions of people suffer from Sensory Defensive Disorder (SD), a common affliction in which people react to harmless stimuli not just as a distracting hindrance, but a potentially dangerous threat.Sharon Heller, Ph.D. is not only a trained psychologist, she is sensory defensive herself. Bringing both personal and professional perspectives, Dr. Heller is the ideal person to tell the world about this problem that will only increase as technology and processed environments take over our lives. In addition to heightening public awareness of this prevalent issue, Dr. Heller provides tools and therapies for alleviating and, in some cases, even eliminating defensiveness altogether.

Until now, the treatment for sensory defensiveness has been successfully implemented in Learning Disabled children in whom defensiveness tends to be extreme. However, the disorder has generally been unidentified in adults who think they are either overstimulated, stressed, weird, or crazy. These sensory defensive sufferers live out their lives stressed and unhappy, never knowing why or what they can do about it. Now, with Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight, they have a compassionate spokesperson and a solution–oriented book of advice.

Editorial Reviews

New York Newsday
“A fascinating account of how sensation can run amok and cause problems. ”
Publishers Weekly
Heller, a developmental psychologist, knows firsthand how difficult life can be for people suffering from sensory defensiveness (SD). Symptoms include flinching from touch; overly acute senses of smell; fear of escalators; irritation at certain lights; and eating disorders. While these symptoms are often present from birth, for many other people they can be triggered by some traumatic event. Adding to the pain is the difficulty in diagnosing this ailment-some sufferers are told they have ADD or autism. Heller briefly discusses her own successful therapy and how it transformed her life. The book includes four sections-the first two focus on an overview of the condition, and the second two examine treatment, including diet, medication and relaxation techniques. Useful appendices list alternative treatments and resources. The writing is clear and relatively jargon-free, and sprinkled throughout the book are anecdotes from patients who have successfully battled SD. Patients who have this condition will find this book reassuring, especially since Heller discusses a treatment and usually follows up with a real-life scenario. For example, the section on light therapy ends with a success story of a woman who had learned to cope with her light sensitivity: "[Anna] realized that her eyes were wide open, no longer slits. She had spent years walking around in a haze, blinded by glare, with her brain taking in only a sliver of light." For people with SD, this title will wonderfully supplement their medical treatment. (Dec.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060932923
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/02/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
139,737
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Sharon Heller, Ph.D., is the author of The Vital Touch and teaches courses in psychology. She received her master's degree from the University of Chicago and her doctorate from Loyola University of Chicago. She lives in South Florida.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. I especially like the exercises , as I do not have the opportunity to get the treatment she got. Her theories and what her treaters did for her make sense. People are so not understood. They could just be sensitive. I wish that this book was in the hands of government agencies that make policies in nursing homes, schools and hospitals, as this is how people should be treated, with sympathy, knowledge, and understanding and respect (so not the model now). I read this at the library, so you can get it there (or request it). Take care.
jules3313 More than 1 year ago
I have known for years that I was just not right when it came to sensory situations. I have been through many books on the subject with no real satisfactory enlightenment. When my husband who has been involved with alternative medicine for over 40 years stumbled onto this book in a desperate attempt to deal with me, he was overwhelmed with it. I began reading with a lot of trepidation but soon could not put it down. I read it all in one night. I laughed and I cried. First it was amazing to see that I was not a freak and alone. But my euphoria soon abated when I realized that there was no real answer to how I could get rid of all of my problems. Dr. Heller is quite up front with the message that this is the way you are wired and there is nothing you can do to un-wire yourself. But take heart. She has wonderful suggestions on how to cope, many of which I use every day and have for several years. The beauty of this book is how well it is written for you to understand what is going on with your reactions to stimuli and then the wonderful feeling of knowing that you are not alone. If you think you have a problem with sensory reception and your reaction to it, then PLEASE read this book.