Judith T. Krauthamer, vice chair of the Greater Washington TSA chapter, has written a new book on misophonia, a little known anger disorder.
Krauthamer notes that misophonia is “characterized by an anger/rage response to auditory stimuli, most prevalently chewing and eating sounds. Through time, triggers expand to include sounds such nail clipping, sniffing, and clearing one’s throat, and visual triggers such as leg-swinging and finger-pointing. The disorder is a developmental, neurological disorder, with an average age of onset in late childhood.”
She adds that “the neurobiology of this disorder has a great deal in common with Tourette [Syndrome],” although data indicate that only a small percentage of people with TS have misophonia and awareness of the disorder among the medical and therapeutic communities is limited.