Are You a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)?

A few years ago, I discovered that I am a Highly Sensitive Person. In a flash, all the years of being told I was weird made sense. Relief rushed through me as I realized, for the first time ever, that I am not alone. I am different, yes. Unique, yes. But not weird.

Eager to share my revelation with others, I published an article to get the word out. I include it here for the very same reason. To bring awareness to  you and to the public:

  • So mommys and daddys can see their own HSP children through different eyes, in the hope that they might encourage, rather than squelch them;
  • So teachers can recognize these gifted students in the classroom;
  • So adults, like me, can stop apologizing for being sensitive and rejoice in our heightened awareness and abilities;
  • And so others can know that they, too, are not alone, nor weird.

Following is a reprint of the original article.

“Yesterday, while researching one of the characters for my new book, I discovered something. I’ve always known that I am different. What I didn’t know, is that I am not alone. Seems that about 20% of the world’s population have what I have. Or are what I am.

Highly sensitive people. Or HSP, for short. Ha! They even have an acronym for me. Who knew

In fact, research has shown that I (we) process sensory data much more deeply and thoroughly due to a biological difference in our nervous systems. It’s biological!

As a child I couldn’t be still. I was always fidgeting. Not much has changed in that category in the last 52 years.

I am one of those people who are so sensitive that scratchy clothing bothers me. Sock seams irritate me. Crooked seams drive me bonkers. I have a pair of thermal pants that I can’t wear. After an hour, the seams start twisting around till I can’t take it any more. I won’t wear uncomfortable shoes. This includes most sneakers and hiking boots. They just don’t fit my feet right. Either the foot pad is misplaced or a seam rubs, the instep’s too tight. Always something. If there’s a hair inside my shirt, I will peel it off to find it. I can’t wear wool. Two seconds against my bare skin and I’m squirming like a loon. After five seconds, I rip it off. My bed sheets must be soft and high thread count.

I have always related to Hans Christian Andersen’s “Princess and the Pea”. In case your grandmother never read you those stories, she was the one who slept on top of umpteen mattresses with one tiny pea under the bottom-most…and could still feel the pea. Yep, that’s me. I fidget even in bed. The covers have to be just so. And do not lay on top of my covers and pin me down. I will fight you.

There are other manifestations of this condition. (I like to think of it as more a state of being.)

My senses are heightened in every way, not just touch; but also smell, hearing, taste, and sight. Strong smells irritate me, including most perfumes and colognes. Some irritate me, some I can’t handle at all. If you sit next to me wearing Opium perfume or men’s Polo, I will get up and run. Exhaust fumes gag me. Chicken houses…omigod.

I love music. But if it’s too loud, it hurts. Literally. That goes for televisions, movie theaters and loudspeakers. If I go to a concert, I take cotton to stuff in my ears. Loud voices, especially arguments, make me cringe, even cower. My friend Ivy recently described sitting in the bleachers at a NASCAR race, and just reading her description made me squirm. That fingernail on the blackboard screech? Through the roof. Now I know that these things ramp my nervous system to the point of explosion.

 You would think with sensitive eyes, I could see better than normal. Not. But my eyes are very sensitive to light. I have to wear sunglasses, in fact, I don’t understand people who don’t. Coo coo, coo coo. Bright overhead lights are even too much. I recently had to don a baseball cap to be able to watch TV with the overhead light blaring. Seriously.

Think I’m a freak yet? Or pretending, to get my way? Some do.

There is another side to being a Highly Sensitive Person. My ‘skin’ is very thin, emotionally. Things that don’t bother 80% of the people, bother me. Sometimes intensely. I feel deeply. And, I am very in tune with other’s moods. When people I’m close to are having a bad day, I tend to have a bad day, too. I can’t watch scary movies. Or violent ones. And these days, even heavy drama is too much.

I pick up on very subtle nuances. For instance, most people, especially men, aren’t in touch with their feelings. I tend to know when something is wrong. Or different. Or whatever. Usually before they even know it themselves. Don’t step out on me. I have radar.

 Most of us HSP’s are loners. Why? We find solace in quiet. In nature. Outdoors. Or alone in our rooms, playing quietly. As you know, there’s not much silence when others are around. Plus, I’m compelled to make small talk.

 There is an up side to being a Highly Sensitive Person. We’re extremely intelligent. We tend to be creative geniuses. And we’re very intuitive.

Of course, for a person whose heart’s desire is to be loved truly, madly and deeply (and without condition), intelligence, creativity, intuition and genius are cold seconds. Even if they don’t mind you fidgeting in bed.

For more information on Highly Sensitive People, or to find out if you may be one, or know one, or have one as a child, check out the first three links below. If you find (or know) you are an HSP, the last three links are for you.

http://www.hsperson.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highly_sensitive_person

http://www.highlysensitivepeople.com/

http://highlysensitive.org/

http://www.sensitiveperson.com/

Excerpt taken from HighlySensitivePeople.com:

Pearl S. Buck, (1892-1973), recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in 1932 and of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1938, once said about highly sensitive people: Pearl S. Buck image

“The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive.

To him…

a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death.

Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create —— so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating.”

—Pearl S. Buck

Photographs of famous HSPs in order from top:

http://physics.about.com/od/alberteinstein/ig/Albert-Einstein-photos/Einstein-on-a-bike.htm

http://childhoodreading.com/Edmund_Dulac_and_Gus/Princess_and_the_Pea.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_African_Queen_(film)

http://www.woodyallenmovies.com/

http://www.princess-diana.com/

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Heal Skin Naturally with Dudu-Osun, African Black Soap

For Immediate Release, Villa Rica, GA:

Dudu Osun, which translates to Black Soap, is milled naturally in Africa. The enzymes are extracted from the tropical rain forest of Nigeria and have healing properties that improve the overall appearance and elasticity of the skin, restoring a youthful radiance.

The soap contains camwood, citrus juices, honey, unrefined shea butter and aloe vera. Because it is formulated from an unrefined and undiluted base, it cleanses and nourishes the skin. The deep cleansing effect goes below the surface of the skin to the epidermis to remove impurities and repair aging skin cells. Dudu Osun also restores damaged skin and fights chronic eczema, acne, freckles, and dark spots.

It has a wonderful natural scent, leaving your skin refreshed and renewed. Dudu-Osun:

  • Cleans deeply into pores to activate the regeneration and rejuvenation of the skin.
  • Restores skin damaged from excessive use of chemicals, bleaching creams and microdermabrasion.
  • Heals chronic eczema, acne, pimples, freckles and dark spots.
  • Antiseptic effect to prevent rashes, itch, dry and scaly skin from developing.

Dudu-Osun is available at our office for $4.00 a bar (or purchase 5 and get one free).

Dr. Olivia Herrell, Dr. Olivia’s Gentle Chiropractic & Holistic Healing, 205 North Ave, Villa Rica, GA 30180, (404) 625-6665

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Beat Fall Allergies Naturally

For Immediate Release: Villa Rica, GA

In Georgia and across the country, ragweed and other fall weeds are in full bloom. While beautiful to behold, they can cause seasonal allergies. The symptoms range from stuffy nose, sneezing, sniffling and sinus drainage to sore throat, coughing, puffy or watery eyes and headaches.

Many allergy sufferers take over-the-counter drugs like Claritin, Zyrtec, Sudafed, Benadryl and others, but the list of side effects is long and not-so distinguished. Are you trading a stuffy nose and sore throat for more serious issues?

  • Like upset stomach, nausea and diarrhea?
  • Or an irregular heartbeat or one that’s too fast, or too pounding.
  • What about an itchy rash or hives?
  • Then there’s the sleepiness, the nervousness, the weakness, the increased anxiety and the insomnia.
  • Even worse, these drugs affect your nervous system and can cause uncontrollable shaking, seizures and hallucinations.
  • In rare cases, you may experience extreme swelling all over your body, including  feet, legs, hands, face, lips, or throat.

As you can see, side effects from allergy medicines, even over-the-counter ones, can be severe, even life-threatening.

So what? I should just suffer?

No, that’s not necessary. There are natural remedies as well. One of my favorites is local honey, but to be effective it must be collected within about a hundred-mile radius of where you live and eaten on a regular basis to build immunity.

For breakthrough symptoms I use a homeopathic remedy from Mediral called simply Pollen Allermed. It is chock full of allersodes of inhalant pollens in high potencies to aid the body in lowering its allergic response to these agents.

We have a shipment of Pollen Allermed on order, due in today. The price is $15.00 per bottle. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, one bottle should get you through one allergy season (i.e. Fall), possibly two or more seasons.

Give us a call today to reserve your bottle.

Dr. Olivia Herrell, Dr. Olivia’s Gentle Chiropractic and Holistic Healing, 205 North Ave, Villa Rica, GA, 30180, (404) 625-6665

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A Review of Symptoms: Neck Pain and C3

For Immediate Release, Villa Rica, GA:

As a Doctor of Chiropractic, it is my job to find and correct neurologic imbalances to return your nervous system to its proper function. Once corrected, your body can regain the ability to heal itself. Side effects of a chiropractic adjustment include a decrease in pain/discomfort, decrease in swelling/inflammation and an improvement in function.

In this continuing series, we highlight areas of the spine, starting at the top and working our way down, discussing the problems you might experience as a result of a subluxation, or misalignment, in each of the areas.

C3 is the third vertebra and our topic for today. Nerve fibers from C3 affect the cheeks, outer ear, facial bones, teeth and the Trifacial Nerve.

A misalignment at the C3 vertebral level can cause neuralgia (nerve pain), neuritis (nerve inflammation), acne or pimples and skin conditions such as eczema. Occasionally C3 pain may radiate to the shoulder area between the spine and shoulder blade.

One can see why it is important to keep your neck, specifically C3 in this case, in proper alignment. If you, or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, a simple chiropractic adjustment may be the ticket out of pain and misery.

For an appointment, or a free phone consult, call Dr. Olivia Herrell today at (404) 625-6665 or email droherrell@aol.com.

Dr. Olivia’s Gentle Chiropractic & Holistic Healing is located at 205 North Ave, Villa Rica, GA, 30180, and is open six days a week for your convenience. Call Dr. Olivia at (404) 625-6665.

 

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Cold Laser Therapy for Hard-to-Heal Conditions

~ For Immediate Release, Villa Rica, GA

Dr. Olivia Herrell invites you to her office to experience the healing effects of cold laser therapy. Cold laser, otherwise known as low-level laser, is the deepest penetrating physical therapy modality on the market. Approved by the the FDA in 2002 to treat carpal tunnel syndrome, cold laser has since been approved for treating backs, necks, knees, shoulders and many other muscle and skeletal problems.

In March 2003, I was the first doctor in all of  Ventura County, California, to purchase a powerful ML830 cold laser. The May 3, 2004 edition of the Ventura County Star, ran an article in the Health & Fitness Section entitled Light at the Point of Carpal Tunnel. The author, Brett Johnson, interviewed me and several of my cold laser patients as he observed their treatments in my office. Following is an excerpt from the article:

“After she hurt her left wrist skiing more than two years ago, Smith took a slalomlike route through the healthcare industry before arriving at Herrell’s office. Two orthopedic surgeons recommended surgery that could have spelled permanent loss of range of motion and promised a long recovery period with many rounds of rehab and follow-up therapy. Cortisone shots, ultrasound therapy and electrostimulation were of little or no help for her torn cartilage and bone chips.

The wrist pain was so bad she couldn’t use it to brace herself in the shower or push herself up from a kneeling position after gardening. So she went to Herrell.

After the first treatment, Smith noticed no difference. After the second one went the same way, Smith thought that the treatment “frankly was quackery…a hoax.” But then the morning after her third treatment, Smith said she awoke with about 10 percent of her wrist pain gone. After about a dozen treatments, it was 90 percent better.

“What a huge difference,” said Smith, a graphics designer for Disney. “I highly recommend this.”

Today in 2011, cold laser is tried and proven. Following is a partial list of conditions for which it has received FDA approval:

  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated discs
  • Intractable pain
  • Lesions
  • Muscle spasms or stiffness
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Post-trauma acute pain
  • Posterior facet syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Sprains and strains
  • Wound-healing
  • Knee disorders
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
  • Neck and shoulder pain

Caution, there are several forms of light therapy available. LED and infrared therapy are NOT the same thing as cold laser and are not backed by cold laser research.

If you would like more information about cold laser therapy, please email me at droherrell@aol.com or call 404-625-6665.

~ Dr. Olivia J. Herrell

~ Reprinted from original article dated May 31, 2011,

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Year-End Chiropractic Specials

For Immediate Release, Villa Rica Georgia, Chiropractic Specials:

In celebration of the Season of Love, Dr. Olivia is offering a free adjustment with the purchase of the following gift certificates and packages:

Buy a $200 gift certificate or package and receive two free chiropractic adjustments (rather than the usual one free adjustment); or

Buy a $300 gift certificate or package and receive three free chiropractic adjustments (rather than the usual two that come with that package).

The Free Adjustment Special is available from now through the end of the year. Gift certificates and packages may be used in 2013.

Call Dr. Olivia’s Gentle Chiropractic today at (404) 625-6665 to reserve your Christmas gift certificates and packages.

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Prevent Heart Disease, Cancer AND Diabetes: Easy and Inexpensive

Slows Down Aging Too!

A growing body of research shows that Juice Plus+ is absorbed in to the bloodstream, increasing our vital supply of vitamins and minerals. It reduces inflammation, a culprit in most chronic diseases, including cancer. It ramps up the immune system and protects our DNA. Juice Plus+ protects our heart and vascular systems, reducing factors that lead to heart attack and stroke.

And we feel better. Olympic teams have adopted Juice Plus+. Bear Gryllis. Lance Armstrong. Dr. Sears from the television show The Doctors. And so many others. Dr. Richard DuBois, retired Chief of Internal Medicine at the Atlanta Medical Clinic,  is a staunch advocate of Juice Plus+. He’s been listed in Best Doctors in America every year since 1994, and was chosen by his medical colleagues as their “physician of choice” in his specialty.

So, what are you waiting for? Billions of dollars have been spent on research for heart disease, diabetes and cancer only to confirm that the best way to cure each of these is to prevent them by having a minimum of seven to thirteen servings of fruits and vegetables A DAY.

Isn’t it worth $1.40 a day to get the protection supplied by seventeen fruits, vegetables and grains? Yeah. Go ahead. You’re worth it!

~ Yours in Health, Dr. Olivia Herrell

For more information and to find out how to get Juice Plus+ free for your children ages 4 to 18, call 404-625-6665, email droherrell@aol.com, or leave a comment below with your contact information. You can also go to our Juice Plus+ website www.droliviasharesjuiceplus.com or click on the Fruits and Veggies tab in the right sidebar.

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A Chiropractic Review of Symptoms: Neck Pain and C2

For Immediate Release, Villa Rica, GA:

As a Doctor of Chiropractic, it is my job to find and correct neurologic imbalances to return your nervous system to its proper function. Once corrected, your body can regain the ability to heal itself.

In this continuing series, we highlight areas of the spine, starting at the top and working our way down, discussing the problems you might experience as a result of a subluxation, or misalignment, in each of the areas.

C2 is the second vertebra and our topic for today. Also known as Axis, C2 allows for the side-to-side rotation of your head. Nerve fibers from C2 affect the eyes, optic nerve, auditory nerve, sinuses, mastoid bones, tongue and forehead.

A misalignment at the C2 vertebral level can cause sinus trouble, allergies, deafness, eye trouble, crossed eyes, earache, fainting spells and blindness. 

One can see why it is important to keep your neck, specifically C2 in this case, in proper alignment. If you, or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, a simple chiropractic adjustment may be the ticket out of pain and misery.

For an appointment, or a free phone consult, call Dr. Olivia Herrell today at (404) 625-6665 or email droherrell@aol.com.

Dr. Olivia’s Gentle Chiropractic & Holistic Healing is located at 205 North Ave, Villa Rica, GA, 30180, and is open six days a week for your convenience. Call Dr. Olivia at (404) 625-6665.

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Blow-Out Birthday Sale 2012

For immediate release, Villa Rica, GA:

For the remainder of July 2012, Dr. Olivia Herrell has slashed her already low examination prices to $10! That’s a $25 or 72% savings for each adult and a $15 or 60% savings for each child.

If you, a family member or anyone else you know has been considering chiropractic care, now is the time. You’ll receive great savings and great care!

Call 404-625-6665 now to book an appointment before the end of July to take advantage of the Birthday Special.

~ Dr. Olivia J. Herrell

Dr. Olivia’s Gentle Chiropractic & Holistic Healing is located at 205 North Ave, Villa Rica, GA 30180. Our hours are Monday thru Friday 10:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Later appointments are available upon request.)

Like us on Facebook for a chance to win a free tube of Biofreeze ($15 value) and for other great health tips and savings opportunities.

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Why See a Chiropractor? A Review of Symptoms from Top to Bottom

For Immediate Release, Villa Rica, GA:

While there are many reasons to see a chiropractor, nervous system imbalance is number one. Your brain communicates with every cell in your body via the spinal cord, spinal nerves and a vast array of smaller nerves. These carry vital messages to each of your cells, tissues and organs, and receive impulses back from those same cells.

Our nervous system is so important to the proper functioning of our bodies and to life itself, that it is encased in bone for protection. Your skull surrounds and protects your brain and your spinal column, which is made up of twenty-six individual vertebrae, surrounds and protects your spinal cord.

Imbalances occur when nerve signals are interrupted, many times the result of physical, chemical or emotional stress to the bony armor that protects your brain and cord. When this happens, the related nerves and nervous tissues become hyper excitable. Over time, this leads to deterioration in the signal and in the life-giving nerve supply to the target cells.

It is my job, as a Doctor of Chiropractic to find and correct these imbalances to return your nervous system to its proper function. Once corrected, your body can regain the ability to heal itself.

There is a long list of maladies and symptoms that are attributable to nervous system imbalances caused by bony misalignments, or vertebral subluxations.

Over the next several weeks, we will highlight different areas of the spine, starting at the top and working our way down. We will discuss the problems one might experience as a result of a subluxation in each of these areas.

C1 is the first vertebra and our topic for today. C1 (also known as Atlas) joins the top of your spine with your skull at the level of the medulla oblongata, which is the center for the maintenance of life.* A misalignment at this level can cause headaches, nervousness, insomnia, head colds, high blood pressure, migraines, mental conditions, nervous breakdowns, amnesia, sleeping sickness, chronic tiredness, dizziness or vertigo.

With problems such as these, one can see why it is important to keep your Atlas  in proper alignment. If you, or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, a simple chiropractic adjustment may be your/their ticket out of pain and misery.

* “The medulla oblongata is the most vital  part of the brain because it is the control center for breathing, blood pressure  and heart beat among other involuntary body functions not under conscious  control. Because these functions are necessary for human life, damage to the  medulla oblongata can be fatal.” ~ WikiAnswers

Check back in a few days for a discussion on symptoms and conditions related to a misalignment, or subluxation, at the next vertebral level: C2 aka Axis.

For an appointment, or a free phone consult, call Dr. Olivia Herrell today at (404) 625-6665 or email droherrell@aol.com.

Dr. Olivia’s Gentle Chiropractic & Holistic Healing, 205 North Ave, Villa Rica, GA, 30180, Low Force, Low Cost, High Results

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