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Recovery and Sensory Perception

Posted on: November 23, 2012

One of the interesting to experience aspects of recovering from trauma and depression is the change in your senses.


I am not sure if senses such as sight, taste, sound, smell and even your skin’s ability to feel


actually become less and more acute in various ways or your brain simply stops interpreting data from the stream that you no longer pay attention to.


I became extremely sensitive to sounds, especually repetative machine sounds. clocks ticking, metronome or machine drum music, fans, airplanes – sounds vary in frequency and the shape of the sound wave

the drone of a fan compared to nails scraped down a black board


for vision, it’s colours that disappear and the world literally becomes more grey,

food and beverages become less flavourful


so from time to time, as my stress and anxiety levels lessen

as I become convinced to expect positive interactions with people as not only the norm


but as a given


I find that see more colours, more hues and nuanced shades – as well as suddenly having certain spectrums seem to return


such as one day, everything seemed to get yellower and brighter


but also sounds have become more distinct – ambient from background to foreground sounds


this week, I realized that I had not been hearing the full spectrum range – and this is a challenge when you are trying to listen to human voices in different pitches


if you can’t hear all the frequencies, you cannot parse for emotional content


to be able to respond appropriately or in kind.


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