How Do I Manage Misophonia?


When working with people that report impairment in functioning and significant psychological distress associated with symptoms of Misophonia, we recommend use of

  • A multidisciplinary approach AND
  • An individualized care plan that uses evidence-based treatments and processes of change

Coping Skills and Managing Misophonia

Why Coping Skills? Why Manage Misophonia? Why Not a Cure?

  • Nothing scientifically proven to treat or cure Misophonia, though early research suggests various procedures used in cognitive behavioral therapies (CBTs) may be helpful
  • Though we cannot prevent the physiological "misophonic response," coping skills can:
    • Regulate attention, cognition, physiological arousal, and actions to be more skillful in preventing and coping with triggers
    • Reduce emotional distress related to Misophonia
    • Help sufferers to understand Misophonia
    • Improve functioning in relationships, at work, or at school
    • Help reduce family tensions related to Misophonia
    • Allow sufferers and their families to advocate for themselves at school and work

What are Coping Skills?

  • Psychoeducational (understanding Misophonia, the nervous system, and the brain)
  • Cognitive (altering thoughts and emotions surrounding Misophonia, the "misophonic response," and the people from whom trigger sounds emanate)
  • Behavioral (developing new behavioral patterns of responding and regulating emotions)
  • Physiological (how to calm the body and return to homeostasis)