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Yes, I'm very sensitive to bright/flashing lights as well. Some days I'm very sensitive to sounds too and can't stand the sound of people talking. It feels like it just takes so much energy to pay attention to everything. But, other days I can go somewhere bright/crowded without much difficulty. 

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I do n't like being in big crows of people.  Makes me very anxious and stressed out, more than I usually am.  I feel like I want to scream sometimes ... Although I do avoid being in a large crowd so I don't have to deal with this.  If this happens though, and there is too much going on, ie stuff coming at me all at one, my anxiety is a nightmare and I become very overwhelmed.  Not every time though.  I need someone with me who I feel safe with, which does help.

2 hours ago, Dunsparce said:

It feels like it just takes so much energy to pay attention to everything.

I agree^^

 

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Although I don't have sz.. I am very sensitive to lights.. esp the damn fluorescent lights.. Walmart, Verizon, Lowes,etc certain stores just really set me off.. I can hear the buzzing and it over stimulants me and makes me nuts. it's like i hyper focus on it. And like AURA said.. certain smells can trigger my anxiety as well. I worked at a Gas Dock.. and I was around Gas and Diesel fumes all day and eventually I got used to it.. but at first it really made me panic.

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20 hours ago, Closure said:

I get auditory sensory overload when I am manic or sometimes when otherwise psychotic; I just cannot shut out auditory stimuli then.

Oh definitely. It's like 100 times worse when manic or psychotic. Everything is much more intense. Sounds are heightened, colours are much more bright, people are louder and seem to be in your face more.

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2 hours ago, dazed and confused said:

Oh definitely. It's like 100 times worse when manic or psychotic. Everything is much more intense. Sounds are heightened, colours are much more bright, people are louder and seem to be in your face more.

Do you guys think the sensory overload/acute sensitivity is more due to psychosis (or an imminent psychotic episode) or mania? Or equally both? I'm just curious about this.

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48 minutes ago, cloudmonger said:

Do you guys think the sensory overload/acute sensitivity is more due to psychosis (or an imminent psychotic episode) or mania? Or equally both? I'm just curious about this.

I think both, because I have gotten hyperacuity both while manic but not psychotic and while psychotic but not manic.

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3 hours ago, cloudmonger said:

Do you guys think the sensory overload/acute sensitivity is more due to psychosis (or an imminent psychotic episode) or mania? Or equally both? I'm just curious about this.

I had a tdoc who told me it's a psychotic symptom. I get it outside of severe mood episodes.

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