I would like to help you with your question.
As a psychologist for some 30 years...yes, I have worked with highly sensitive people. I refer you to this very good book:
Yes...you can get help by seeing a therapist who has training and experience working with people like you.
Yes...the description you give about cortisol changes, fatigue, and over stimulation is difficult to manage. Meditation, yoga, deep breathing exercises...can all be beneficial. Exercise is another good way to manage the symptoms.
Here are a few resources:
This is a good article on the vagus nerve.
A Calm Brain by Gayatri Devi
A great book on calming the body.
And absolutely respite - taking yourself out of stressful and over-stimulating situations - is critical to keeping your "self" in a place of harmony and peace.
Please take a look at the article and a review of the book.
I await your reply.
thanks , i have seen the information by elein aron " the highly sensitive person" i have not read it. i am not a person who likes pity. i have a good handle on why i am this way.not too many psychiatrist know how to help someone like me. easy for them to think all i want to be a pill addict ( benzodiazepines). this is hard for you to judge without knowing me. As you know they help with over stimulation. using stress reduction and exercise will benefit with control of cortisol. i worry about when i get in desperate situations. Hard to shut down and bad thoughts are associated when in depression/desperation. You have 30yrs experience, is this even diagnosed? or is this still considered as baloney by some? i need the truth. i have experienced this for too long. it has made me suicidal before. sorry, desperation. my next question is if i asked a psychiatrist if they know of hsp, could i get help i need? or should i just tell them the associated symptoms? i really do appreciate you help.
I take your situation seriously. I can't speak for other professionals necessarily...but I would believe that there are others out there who can help you. I would stick with the symptoms when describing yourself. It's not that what you are experiencing is baloney...but in my mind there is no need to put you in a box as you - and any other client - deserves to be treated in an individual way. When we put people in a box then the tendency is to say...well because they are xyz then the typical/normal path of treatment is abc. This ignores a whole lot of other adjunctive issues that are specific to this person and to others.
Please read the book...and there are several others as well that are work a look-see:
Also..could I ask why you want to see a psychiatrist rather than a psychologist?
If you want to have therapy...then a psychologist is your best choice.
If you want medication...then a psychiatrist is the person to see.
Of course you don't want pity...and I truly don't know why a competent, skilled professional would treat you in that way. Rather...what you need is help to manage your sensitivity and encouragement that you can do so.
I'm sorry I mistyped a sentence above. What I meant was:
This ignores a whole lot of other adjunctive issues that are specific to this person and NOT to others. Each of us is unique. Your highly sensitiveness is not exactly the same as someone elses...you may share some similar characteristics...yet for each person it is a unique dance.
I await your response.
thanks, XXXXX XXXXX need the right person to listen. you did. and made no assumptions. i hope to find someone who does help. you made a difference. i feel less lost and know im not crazy to feel those ways. with great thanks tom flowers
You are very, very welcome Tom!
I appreciate the opportunity to have helped you today!
If you should ever want to chat in the future...just ask for me by name and I will be notified.
you take care too. and i will. thanks again
thanks again for your help dr. L,
i made another appointment with a psychiatrist. the depression meds help me not to fall into a downward spiral from worrying. the corazopan help with feeling over whelmed and going into anxiety. i know the meds arent the solution.
they help with clear thinking, until i can develop better habits and safe routines. i am going to see a counselor to learn some stress reduction techniques and any other ideas you might suggest.
i am concerned about how to describe my conditions to the psychiatrist. from past experience, it is easier to make a person think of what the problem is; instead of tell them the answer is.
my plan is to first to talk about the worry and how it makes me tired everyday. then the difficulty with crowds and this has been a true most my life. finally how the stress and worry start causing anxiety. then i go into a depression spiral.
it is all true and will help me focus on changes in lifestyle and using my hsp , instead of it controlling me. the chlorizapan is not a maintenance medicine, i know. so i take when i am sure i need it.. i was a pot smoker once and familiar with dependency.
i really really appreciate your understanding and knowledge. any other advice or recommendations about my ideas would greatly appreciated.
with sincere respect