Great description! Ditto for me. I also equate it to feeling like my brain's filter is broken. Everything comes in too loud (or bright) with equal weight on everything. Multiple conversations around me in a room become a garbled mess. Words from the current conversation get mixed with words from a different conversation across the room. Nothing makes sense. Way worse when it's loud and busy. Makes me feel overwhelmed and ready to explode if I can't escape!Paw - not for me, it's not a matter of brain zaps. It's like an overwhelming escalation of irritation and anxiety. It's like being trapped in an Alfred Hitchcock movie and the birds are attacking from all sides. I guess is some ways, it's like a panic attack, where the cacophony of sound just overwhelms me and I just need it to stop... I think for me anyway, it's more GABA/glutamate related. Gaba drugs (mostly benzos) blunt the hypersensitivity and make it bearable. I've tried other things, including glutamate reducing meds (lamictal) and dopamine increasing drugs and they haven't provided the same relief.
It's definitely GABA/glutamate related for me...only in my case, benzos made it about 1000x worse. When I started studying, it turns out that GABA has a bell shaped response curve and both too little GABA and too much GABA can cause the exact same symptoms. And sure enough, when I went back to my neurotransmitter testing, I had elevated GABA to go along with my elevated glutamate.I think for me anyway, it's more GABA/glutamate related. Gaba drugs (mostly benzos) blunt the hypersensitivity and make it bearable.
Wow! That is definitely unfortunate. Not withstanding their potential for addiction, benzos were my savior when nothing else worked, but I only took small doses. That's all I ever needed. Maybe if I took more I would have a reaction like you did.It's definitely GABA/glutamate related for me...only in my case, benzos made it about 1000x worse.
Yes - same for me with the lights and going black. I also experience the same with night driving and car headlights. And lots of distortions from the oncoming lights.. bad combo for driving.That certainly makes sense. Especially in a car at night... Opposing traffic is hell because the headlights burn a hole through the back of your skull! I won't drive at night because it's so bad that I'm afraid of driving into a ditch because it totally blinds me.
Anyone else also have problems when turning out the lights in a room? My husband thinks I'm nuts (kiddingly) because at first I really can't see anything. He'll turn out the lights as I'm crossing the room and for me it goes pitch black. Can't see a thing- trip over furniture, the cat etc. It takes much longer for my eyes to adjust than his, so while he's totally fine, it seems like I'm exaggerating!
Thanks for bringing this up!