I developed a sensitivity to sound about 12 years ago that was not under my control. I would have panic attacks no matter how loud the sound. I had to go straight to a psychiatrist. The meds made slightly calmer, but, the only way I felt better was if my Mom removed the fish tank in my room and the birds completely from the house. The quiet bubbling from the fish tank was horrific and the birds brought me to sobs. After these factors were removed I did better, the problem was still there and I had to fight it everyday. I would have problems here and there with a loud air conditioner, walking on my ceiling from the apartment above, music, dogs - any sound that was not under my control and I did not when and if it would stop or begin again. Then in 2006, I moved to a "condo" and I had begun to have the worst reactions I ever had. Now it is just an apartment. I cannot move because I do not have a job or the money. I was surrounded by noises that were repetitive and unstoppable or ignorable. I tried earplugs, noise canceling machines and headsets and nothing helped. The people behind my bedroom had nonstop howling dogs. They moved out. In their place were a couple that fought almost constantly every morning between 2:00a.m. and 4:00a.m. They screamed, shouted and banged the walls. I asked the apartment manager to help; she did not do much anything and told me to call the cops. So I did. They did nothing either. Finally they moved. At the same time I was dealing with upstairs neighbors that stomped, banged and stepped on loud creaking floorboards at all times of the day and night. We finally reached an agreement and they got somewhat better if I kept reminding them. Now they moved and someone else is moving in this week and I am that fetal position, sobbing panic stricken woman again. It renders me dysfunctional, I cannot work, I cannot run errands or do anything. My psychiatrist does not know what it is and does not seem to take it seriously. I cannot continue to "live" (if you can call it that) any longer. I do not have a moment’s peace.
I need diagnosed and treated s.t.a.t.!
Please, please help me. You would be saving a life and giving me peace.
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