There are definitely sometimes where my finely tuned senses can be enjoyable and even a strength. For those times when I am not sick – I can definitely relate to a lot of what Meghan Scarfo, writer for The Mighty, has to say about the positive side of Sensory Processing Disorder.
You see, sensory overload isn’t always a negative experience for me. My special relationships — which are few and far between — have the ability to cause profound sensory overload. It’s an aura that’s difficult to explain. The sensations I feel are overwhelming and heartwarming at the same time.
Neurotypical people may find these sensations difficult to understand. I have a hard time explaining it myself. A simple message, phone call or hug from the person with whom I feel this way produces a response that makes time stand still. It’s an overpowering tingling sensation or warmth coupled with heart palpitations. A truly unexplainable experience. The moment may be brief or long-lasting, but it’s very intense.
This type of sensory overload is extremely powerful, yet enjoyable. Caught in a daze or a “fog” so to speak, everything pauses around you for that moment.
I’d like to think of this sense as a gift. It’s an ability to connect with someone on such a level that is unheard of.