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derekcohen
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I would not see this as being primarily due to ADHD. The sensory overload is more about auditory processing issues, particularly difficulties with background noise. This often becomes increasingly apparent as we become older and our hearing deteriorates. I hate sitting in a noisy restaurant, especially where others are wanting to have a conversation! By contrast, my consulting room is a nice, quiet place, and conversations are easy.

Those with ADHD are likely to experience this difficulty with more distress. We are talking about a lowered threshold for frustration here. It is the frustration that is ADHD-related, not the hearing/background noise difficulties.

Derek