MTV's "True Life: I Have Misophonia" followed two people who suffer from selective sound sensitivity syndrome and react negatively to certain noises. We had an opportunity to check in with Lindsey and Analeida to see how their lives have changed since filming wrapped. Take a look at our follow-up Q&A below:
How would you describe your misophonia today?
So much better! I still notice sounds all the time, but my reactions are just more subtle. I still notice the reaction, but it’s less physical and it goes away faster.
How did you make such progress?
Two things: I have been continuing hypnotherapy. It’s been my biggest tool. I was beyond skeptical at first, but it has changed my life. My second tool is definitely just being more open about my misophonia. I used to think it was a shameful secret; now I tell everyone who listens. This condition can make you really negative. It sounds cheesy, but changing my attitude has really lessened my symptoms. I really advocate for hypnotherapy and other alternative means of treatment.
Tell us about your relationship with Andrew.
Our relationship is really strong. He’s less affected by my misophonia because I’m usually able to handle my triggers before I blow up on him -- they pass so quickly, I don’t have to say anything at all. It’s not nearly as big a part of our relationship as it used to be. We’re sleeping in the same bed every night now.
Did you relocate?
Yeah! We just moved to a cottage in Wisconsin to be in a quieter, more scenic place and consider starting a family. Our parents own the cottage, so it might be a quick stop before we go somewhere more permanent -- we want to be near the mountains and the ocean, so we are thinking North Carolina.
Has your struggle with misophonia gotten easier or remained the same?
It’s the same. Nothing has helped. If anything, it is worse.
How is your pregnancy going?
It’s a boy! Due February 18. My pregnancy is high risk, so I have to stay home.
What are your plans after having the baby?
I’m going to go back to school -- I want to do something in the medical field. I want to work at a hospital with good benefits and day care to provide for my kids.
How is your relationship with your mom?
After communicating, we have gotten along better, but we don’t speak about misophonia anymore. Not a word. We don’t talk about any of that anymore -- we just keep it under the table. We talk, but we don’t talk about our feelings.