Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder and Related Writing*

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)** is a neurological disorder that affects all areas of the nervous system — olfactory, visual, auditory, gustatory, tactile, vestibular, proprioceptive and interoceptive — and the way each area receives sensory information.

For example, certain smells make me feel so sick I need to lie down. Sounds make me frightened and fearful for my life. Lights with alternating patterns make me disoriented and confused.

I've found that regulating my nervous system, following a sensory diet and practicing mindfulness are the best ways to help my sensory processing. To help me feel safe when receiving sensory stimuli. 

If you're struggling, I hope you begin to feel safe while receiving sensory stimuli soon.

*Borrowed images are credited in corresponding readings.

**Since SPD is not in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5) for adults, you may be diagnosed with sensory overload instead.