Today I read this article about the connection between bipolar disorder and hypersensitive hearing. I have always struggled with noise sensitivity and never realized until now that there might be a medical/psychological reason for that. People talking in movie theaters send me into a rage. Walking down the busy street near our house is oddly disturbing. Noise from our neighbors frustrates me incredibly, even though I realize I may be overreacting. I also regularly wear headphones in busy stores because I simply can’t stand the noise sometimes. I feel very uncomfortable in busy restaurants and bars (mostly open concept ones where noise travels easily) and feel the need to escape. This is interesting. I guess I learned something about myself today.