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

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

  • Title: Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight: What to Do If You Are Sensory Defensive in an Overstimulating World
  • Author: Sharon Heller
  • ISBN: 9780060932923
  • Page: 416
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 irritatIn 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.

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    1. I thought it was informative and that it gave several methods of trying to cope. I am quite surprised by the number of negative remarks about the disorder. I just wonder why you would even read a book like this if it didn't pertain to you. This is a very complex disorder. It is made worse by the number of people who love to hear themselves talk, and attract attention to themselves while the rest of us are really trying to concentrate on the task at hand. When you are sensory deficit, sometimes i [...]

    2. Aside from texts on introversion--Susan Cain's recent book QUIET and the work of Marti Laney--I know of few other works that address sensory overload, so I approached Sharon Heller's book with some enthusiasm. Parts of TOO LOUD TOO FAST were interesting, but I wish the book had been significantly more scientifically based and much better edited. I found myself distrusting the author considerably by about the half-way point, when she launched into discussions of feng shui, color therapy, and vari [...]

    3. This book put a name to my experiences, besides "fussy bitch," that is! It was really awesome to read that I'm not the only weirdo out there who has these experiences, and what to do to take care of myself. I've become a lot more patient with myself as a result of reading this book, and I take much better care of myself now that I have a better understanding of the problem and its solutions.

    4. This is a very interesting book about sensory processing disorders. It favors sensory avoidant people and lacks information on sensory seekers or those who are a mix of both. I am personally sensory avoidant, so I found it insightful and engaging. It goes through the science, day-to-day living, tips, understanding, etc. If you wonder whether you are sensory avoidant or are just learning about this disorder, this book is a great place to start. I can't say I agree 100% with the techniques in it, [...]

    5. This book was validating for me re: my own mild form of this difficulty (and definitely made me thankful that I don't experience things the way some of the more severe profiles described). I'm not crazy about the term "sensory defensive" (though it might be an improvement over "highly sensitive person"). The lists of different types of sensory sensitivity was helpful for me. I also liked the part where they suggest you look at how to structure your day and how to identify experiences that are gr [...]

    6. Excellent book on living with over-stimulation. Recommended for anyone who finds our modern world of leaf blowers, ubiquitous flashing television, public address systems, scratchy labels welded into clothes, and claustrophobic spaces overwhelming.

    7. Not well written but I got the validation I was seeking. I was also impressed by the recommendations for coping with sensory issues - maybe because a lot of times medication is recommended. Exercise, occupational therapy, good nutrition, and knowing/using techniques that calm you when you are overwhelmed (i.e. soothing music, a dark/quiet space, a bath, aromatherapy, etc.) are advised. I kind of think that most people have some sort of sensory defensiveness somewhere and all of us need to find u [...]

    8. The detailed information and suggestions about dealing with sensory processing impairments is helpful. I appreciate how the exacerbation of these experiences to the over-industrialization and over-chemicaling of modern society. However, the approach to autistic spectrum and mental health disabilities is uncritical, at times insulting, and generally dismissive.

    9. I am sensory defensive and read this book looking for ways to cope with my condition. It was certainly informative, giving details on a wide range of therapies. While some of the techniques it recommended sound, quite frankly, like New Age bullcrap, others seem quite sensible and I intend to start trying them out.

    10. A pretty thorough introduction to sensory defensiveness. Childhood sensory defensiveness is discussed briefly, primarily to expand on how this impacts the adult. The author provides pretty decent neurologically-based evidence for sensory defensiveness. I admit I wanted to read this book because I am pretty certain I have mild sensory defensivenessis book confirmed it. The negatives are pretty big for me, however; frequent lack of citations for claims and/or providing very limited citations witho [...]

    11. I was able to relate to the part of the book that describes sensory defensiveness and relates case studies of sensory defensives. The part on sensory diets was extremely practical and easy to incorporate, and I plan to follow Heller’s recommendations. So why the two-star rating? Heller confuses anxiety and sensory defensiveness throughout the book. Yes, many sensory defensives are probably also anxious, but the two are different conditions. A fear of meeting new people can’t be explained by [...]

    12. If you know Absolutely Nothing about sensory problems the book is fine, albeit pretty wordy. If you know anything at all, skip it. Here's the best advice from the book condensed into 4 words: Find An Occupational Therapist.

    13. Knowing next to nothing about this, it was a perfect read for me. I liked that there were a range of ideas to pursue for the many different kinds of sensory issues covered in the book.

    14. A great resource for those of us who experience sensory processing disorder in a world that's over the top in so many ways.

    15. Ok, this is a hard one to rate. On the one hand, there's some fascinating info in here that suggests to me that I have far more HSP tendencies than I realised (predominantly around sound and smell - I only tick a very few of the boxes for touch and sight, and none for food).On the other, there were several editing issues that really bugged me. Not just typos (although there were certainly a few of those), but dubious advice and issues of logic too. I can't remember all of them, but the two that [...]

    16. This book was truly enlightening. It is fascinating to see how different the scale varies at the opposite ends. I learned more about myself and the reasons maybe I do activities. I do think that I am more of a sensory-seeker, but I do notice areas where I am more defensive than others. It was interesting to me to read about how fabric and clothing affects the sensory-densive so greatly. I studied fashion design, so it drew particular interest for me."The body armor created by defensiveness might [...]

    17. As I was browsing through the books on , I saw this title and thought it was the perfect eight word autobiography for me. For years I've wondered why lights, sounds, and crowds that were physically painful to me were no problem for anyone else. This book offers a good explanation for the reasons the brain may receive and filter sensation differently. At its simplest it seemed to me to be a Goldilocks phenomenon. Some brains let in too much sensory stimulation (sensory sensitive), some let in too [...]

    18. Very interesting book by an author who has personally coped with sensory defensiveness. I probably would never have realized that I have some mild issues with this had I not had 2 children who both struggle with it to varying degrees(more than me). It is extremely helpful to have a book written by someone who has experienced it and has found ways to cope. She has very good explanations and clearly explains options for relief, as well as describing how this begins and then continues to effect an [...]

    19. 3.5 stars, full of so much good information and fascinating facts. I found this book after having a panic attack that I was sure was triggered by the noise, lights and smells. After reading this book, I am sure I am mildly sensory defensive and have been since I hit puberty. This is HUGE, a revelation to me as I always blamed hormones, stress or just being a jerk for unexplained sudden irritation. I've been making note of triggers and how my body responds, and it's almost like I feel empowered b [...]

    20. This explained a lot about why I get what I've always called "the creepy crawlies" at certain fabrics, textures, and dryness levels touching my skin. It gave me a lot of great tips to take the overstimulation down a few notches so I can better cope. I also now wear a slightly compressing undergarment to help with feeling the "weighted" or "wrapped tight" feeling, which also helps. I've never been diagnosed as having sensory integration issues, but clearly I do. Even reading the book took me some [...]

    21. It was helpful to read more about the spectrum of sensory defensiveness. The book gave me some perspective on my experience as a mildly sensory defensive adult, and some ideas to try and cope more effectively. It also showed me what life is like for those who are much more sensitive to stimuli than I am - whoa. I found it very technical and repetitive at times, and some of the suggestions for therapy are pretty overwhelming. I guess I'd recommend this to adults who are sensory defensive with tha [...]

    22. I found some very useful information in this book. I will be integrating some of the ideas into my son's sensory diet. One of the most striking concepts is that many or all behaviors in some individuals that have been identified as ADHD, ADD, Aspergers, and other disorders can be attributed to sensory defensiveness. I will be doing more research in this area. It is a decidedly secular book, which I expected. As such, there are recommended protocols with which I am uncomfortable and would not use [...]

    23. I recommend setting aside concerns about the psychological science or empirical authority of the book. I'm not attacking the credibility or validity of either, but I think they are unnecessary distractions for many. Instead, take an anthropological approach to this book and focus on the lived experience of real people. There is a set of people who experience life as described in this book. Among those, there is a set of people who benefit from the strategies outlined in this book. For people in [...]

    24. This was good, but didn't go quite as far as I wanted. I wanted more on what to do about these problems. The author does not acknowledge the fact that OT for sensory issues is considered suitable for children only and not a covered benefit at all on many insurance policies, forcing people to shift for themselves if they are adults or have sensory issues without an autism diagnosis. On the other hand, this book will help many people put a finger on a problem that for them may have had no name all [...]

    25. While Heller was redundant at times, the information in her book is useful. She delves into the defintion of sensory defensive, what it looks like, and quizzes as well as descriptions to help you discover how sensory defensive you are, if any. The second half of the book is dedicated to aiding the sensory defensive with coping therapies. If you have heightened senses that effect your day to day life, this book is good to read and have handy for future reference.

    26. I almost feel like this was two separate books– the descriptive front half and the self-help back half. The first few sections were really good; all of the practical stuff was a little off. I know that when you get into areas that don't have enough research to begin with, you're going to get into sketchy science whether you want to or not, but I wish the advice stuck to the "as-research-based-as-we-can-get-right-now" stance of the descriptive portion.

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