Google defines sensory overload as; when one or more of the body’s senses experiences over-stimulation from the environment. There are many environmental elements that affect an individual. Examples of these elements are; urbanisation, crowding, noise, mass media, technology, and the explosive growth of information.
I suffer from Sensory Processing Disorder – a condition where the brain struggles to receive and respond to information related to your senses. Common sounds, lights, smells, touch of hot or cold, clothes labels, certain fabric etc, may be painful or overwhelming, this depends on each individual. Due to this disorder, my senses are easily overloaded.
THE MIGHTY, interviewed several people who suffer from Sensory Overload and asked them to describe it in their own words. The quotes below are taken directly from that article. To read the article in full, please click the link.
“Do you remember the movie ‘Bruce Almighty’? He was receiving prayer requests by hearing them in his head as they occurred, hundreds at a time. They became jumbled, and he became frustrated and couldn’t make sense of any of them. Sensory overload is like that. Everything is coming at me at once, but it seems I’m the only one noticing. I can hear my heartbeat, I can feel the heat of the lamps, I can’t function. I’m frozen, stuck. It usually takes a shock to get me back from this, like a touch if I’m not being touched, or a change of environment or cold water on my skin.”— Meredith Lime
“Sometimes it just feels like you need everything around you to pause… It’s like a bunch of things occurring while a bunch of other things are approaching at the same time — like a spinning room.”— TwoMlln Thghts AndCntg
“During an auditory overload, just about every sound can feel like someone took a microphone to it and set it on full blast.”— Chelle Neufeld