Therapeutic Word of the Day: Overstimulation

“Everyone experiences this. Learn to listen to what your body and mind are telling you.”

If you know anything about Autism, you understand overstimulation. Overstimulation is when too much sensory information is being processed within the brain, causing in many cases pain. Children with autism are often overstimulated, which causes discomfort and can lead to a shutdown. As all five senses are involved, it can be any sensory stimulus, such as a piece of clothing, a loud noise, or a sharp smell.

One does not have to be autistic, however, to experience overstimulation. Everyone has experienced a sensory stimulus that has caused discomfort. A personal example for me would be the sound of people eating. The sound of food being chewed can cause me to become sick at my stomach. Especially if someone is eating with their mouth open.

Many are in an overstimulated state and do not know it. Learn to listen to what your body is telling you. Sometimes, something as simple as taking a 5-minute break can help.

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Nathan Driskell

Hello, my name is Nathan Driskell and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor in the Houston / Cypress area specializing in the treatment of Internet Addiction & Asperger’s / Autism. I work with children, adolescents, adults, couples & families.

You can reach me at my website or call me directly at 832-559-3520 if you have any questions. Thank You!
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