If you’re an HSP, you can experience external and internal stimulation rather quickly and with more intensity and duration. It’s as though your nervous system is an antenna running through your mind and body—always on and picking up signals from everything around you. As an HSP, you can become overstimulated and this “noise” or “static” can result in a variety of mental and physical complaints that may be difficult to diagnose.
Mood Disorder (Bipolar and Major Depressive Disorder)
Psychosis (paranoia, hallucinations)
Somatic Disorder (physical complaints).
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Asthma and Allergies
Most HSPs' don’t know the reason for their sensitivity and the challenges can outweigh the benefits of natural gifts and talents. This can lead to an imbalanced perception of yourself as flawed or defective. Criticism from others tends to make this worse with advice like “you just have to get over it” or “toughen up” or “what is wrong with you.” But once you understand yourself better, you can experience your talents and gifts that include:
To get a handle on the challenges of your sensitivity you must learn to soothe and protect your nervous system. In the next part of my blog series I will discuss skills necessary for the HSP to develop in order to better navigate the world.
By Shannon McQuade, LCSW