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    Questions about HSP (by a potential HSP)

    Two questions for the Online experts in the field:

    1) Does HSP come in various degrees of intensity (mild HSP, strong HSP, ...), or is it a black and white thing where you either are one or you aren't?

    2) What's a reliable test?


    I'm pretty sure I'm one, but I don't strongly relate to all the symptoms (that I know of). I do have plenty of physical indications (very sensitive skin and body parts), environmental indications (overly sensitive to bright lights, loud and sudden sounds, overwhelmed in masses, ...) and behavioural indications (empath(ish), fairly easily emotionally moved (especially for a Thinker in terms of MBTI), ...).



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    I'm a good bit the same way. I took an online test-- which won't necessarily provide a definitive answer-- and I scored only one point away from being HSP by that source's standard. At least it was useful for gaining a better understanding of what it means to be an HSP. Honestly, I *kinda* tend to believe that if you believe you are HSP, even if you're one or two qualifications away (I doubt it all boils down to just a checklist, though really), then there probably shouldn't be too much of an issue identifying as one.

    Despite being only one checkpoint away on some arbitrary test on some arbitrary website, I wouldn't really consider myself an HSP, but instead I could readily sympathize, if that makes any sense. I know someone who most likely WOULD qualify as one, but it's not like I'm going to ask, "Hey, are you an HSP?" I just generally try to be aware of her sensitivities, or at least ask her what she needs and whatnot.

    As for some of the physical aspects, I would encourage keeping yourself in good health and getting medically checked out for symptoms that are creating an interference in your life. My husband has a sensitivity to light caused by a condition that can result in discoloration of his eyes and loss of vision if he is in the sun too long. And it's been recently brought to my attention that many of my lifelong symptoms (many of which I blew off as "quirks" or "normal" for me-- or unfortunately shamed/ bullied out of expressing) could point to Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, or who knows what. I need to get that checked out at some point when I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PurpleKitti View Post
    As for some of the physical aspects, I would encourage keeping yourself in good health and getting medically checked out for symptoms that are creating an interference in your life. My husband has a sensitivity to light caused by a condition that can result in discoloration of his eyes and loss of vision if he is in the sun too long. And it's been recently brought to my attention that many of my lifelong symptoms (many of which I blew off as "quirks" or "normal" for me-- or unfortunately shamed/ bullied out of expressing) could point to Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, or who knows what. I need to get that checked out at some point when I can.
    I always seem to be rolling like a ball from the "I'm sure I've got illness X" (ranging from brain tumors, chronical fatigue, eye malfunctions and various physical/bodily defects) to the "It actually can't be that serious - I'm healthy". In the end I never get myself checked.

    Ps: it's not Lupus.
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    HSP can be confused for sensory processing disorder. I think it's one of those either one has it or one doesn't things, though.

    A reliable test is one which produces valid results repeatedly. For example, a valid test is something that measures what it intends to measure accurately while a reliable test produces the same results with the intended variables.

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    ^ OH! duh... I'm such an idiot sometimes.

    The most reliable test for HSP I think is one which measures the nerve's response to different sensations. So, a professional who could diagnose it is a cognitive neuroscientist or, perhaps, a neurologist. HSP people sometimes have other disorders like sensitivity to light, are easily sunburned, have many allergies, have Autism Spectrum Disorder, too.
    Last edited by brightflashes; 03-29-2017 at 03:22 PM. Reason: I take things too literal

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    (It's not a parasite, it's not sarcoidosis, and we've already ruled everything else out-- it HAS to be lupus!)

    Hahaha, well don't lose any sleep over the tumors, but at least get a regular checkup. I used to have a problem where if I was stressed out, tired, had a recent case of insomnia, etc. AND was ready to sleep (the whole combo basically), I would feel some kind of mysterious pain/ discomfort (which could have been going all day) and it would set my mind off about all the horrible things it could cause. I was too afraid to confront the symptoms online or ask for advice because I have SUCH! a weak stomach for descriptions of medical problems (look, sometimes taking my insulin freaks me the heck out, being phobic of needles AND sensitive enough to feel the liquid squirting forcefully through). What helped me get over researching my symptoms (somewhat) was watching fictional shows like House, CSI, etc. Fiction doesn't get to me no matter how gory it gets... except syringes, lol. I got to the point where I would research one or two symptoms and find out it was something so simple and easy to correct. I've learned that my imagination's bark is bigger than it's bite... or... something like that. XD

    And don't over-research because next you'll diagnose yourself with everything from flea bites to tapeworm to testicular cancer, all because you sneezed three times in a row. XD I have to basically wrench my husband's laptop away from him if he so much as catches a cold. XD

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    I have sensory processing disorder and was diagnosed by an occupational therapist. I don't know if I'm also HSP.
    (this is post 7777. I just had to say that.)
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    Every test I've ever taken said I was probably HSP. I am a lifelong allergic kid with social anxiety, neurological pain in my face, head, and neck, tinnitus, hate loud noises, can't handle crowds at all, eczema, IBS, acid reflux, asthma, food allergies, animal dander allergies, seasonal allergies. I can't take aspirin because GI bleeding. I had 3 surgeries in my first 6 months of life and 8 more surgeries since then. I have a complicated relationship with pain.


     

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