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Wednesday, 31 July 2019

The Way Mother Nature Wired Me: Highly sensitive with mental illness.

 The Way Mother Nature Wired Me: Highly sensitive with mental illness.

Approximately fifteen to twenty percent of the population are what's known as highly sensitive. Individuals who fit this description, are often referred to as a highly sensitive person or HSP. HSPs present with certain behavioural traits that aren't shared with the greater population. The highly sensitive person is easily over stimulated and more observant, noticing things in their surroundings that non HSPs do not. There are a whole hosts of traits that come with being  highly sensitive.

Think you may be a highly sensitive person? Go here: HSP self test

Dr. Elaine Aron, Ph D, author of  The Highly Sensitive Person and The Highly Sensitive Person In Love, is a pioneer in the study of people with HSP, She does a brilliant job helping those with this behavioural trait to understand what HSP is and how it impacts the fifteen to twenty percent who have it. 

In her books, she offers up real life examples and sound research, she shows the reader that, while being highly sensitive can be difficult because of the world's noise, the moods of others and because HSPs tend to  be easily overwhelmed by sensory inputs; its an innate quality that this portion of the population have, not a sign of weakness. What I love most her approach is that she teaches people to embrace it and live within its tolerances. 

In my wellness journey, I have discovered that I am, in all likelihood, a member of this populous. I score very high on the self tests for HSP and can see myself as I read her book. After hours and hours of working towards a solution to my diagnosis of  PTSD, Discovering that I am also highly sensitive has given me a fuller, more complete picture of why I am so impacted by, not only PTSD but my other mental health conditions.

I believe now that the way I am wired has a lot to do with why I sit before this computer, hammering out this blog post. The traits that are associated with being an HSP  are not at all conducive to the path I took in life; life as a firefighter and  a care worker for persons with disabilities and severe behaviour difficulties. I did more than worked in these noisy, over stimulating environments, I felt each and every tragic incident experienced in those two professions. Twenty years of death, noise and destruction.

Now, like that of my mental illnesses, I am learning to embrace and except the way mother nature wired me. When I give myself permission to accept that I am a highly sensitive persons, I am just a bit more liberated from my mental pain and a little further down the road to mental wellness.

If you would like to learn more, pick up a copy of Dr. Elaine Aron's books below.

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