what to do against hypersensitivity to tastes?

Sensory dysorality is a disorder related to hypersensitivity to the tastes, texture and odors of food that leads to refusal to eat, it is common in children but also affects adults. Causes, symptoms, link with autism, treatment: advice with Dr. Johanna Rozenblum, clinical psychologist.

the speech disorder what is sensory dysorality comes from a hypersensitivity to smells, flavors and texture. It causes difficulties Power supply. If this syndrome affects young children more, it can also occur at age adult (trauma, food phobia, anorexia). There is also a close link between sensory and sensory dysorality autism. What are the symptoms sensory dysorality? What are the causes ? Such as tend to sensory dysorality?

Definition: what is sensory dysorality?

This speech disorder it is a genetic hyperreactivity of the organs of taste and smell. “Sensory dysorality is a disorder associated with hypersensitivity to the flavors, textures and smells of food causing a I refuse to eat. In other words, any product experienced as sensorially unbearable (taste, smell, texture) will generate a defense mechanism through rejection. Sensory dysorality can they appear from the age of food diversification in children and are rarer in adults“says Johanna Rozenblum, clinical psychologist.

What are the causes of sensory dysorality?

No studies have been able to reveal a precise cause and the reasons appear to be plural. “Inheritance, birth complications, swallowing difficulties, traumatic event (feeling of suffocation, wrong way, vomiting …), as well as aggravating environmental factors (intra-family conflicts, dysfunctional daily life, change of routine …) can be risk factors for the development of sensory dysorality ” develops the psychologist.

What are the symptoms of sensory dysorality?

Sensory dysorality manifests itself with various symptoms, including:

  • A loss of appetite
  • a slow and complex chewing
  • a sorting of food on the plate
  • a I refuse to eat
  • from the nausea with meals
  • a swallowing disorder
  • a exacerbation of the senses (smell and taste).

Does sensory dysorality affect adults?

In general, sensory dysorality it occurs at an early age (in children or infants) and if the disorder is not treated, the sequelae can persist into adulthood. “But in some cases, after certain painful or traumatic experiences, for example, sensory dysorality may arise in adults rather in the form of a phobia that causes an aversion to food that can go as far as anorexia“Says our interlocutor.

What is the link between sensory dysorality and autism?

There is a link between sensory dysorality and autistic disorders. “Sensory is often disturbed in people with autism. Oral hypersensitivity in case of dysorality, in particular linked to consistency, is a problem that upsets the patient’s diet, continues Dr. Johanna Rozenblum. There are several causes: food neophobia (fear of new foods) which affects 80% of autistic children, difficulties in social interactions that make eating anxious, swallowing disorders, hyperemotivities “.

Treatment begins with a somatic investigation, i.e. a study of the patient’s body in order to rule out all functional problems. So you have to turn to specialists like the speech therapists and psychologists working on one side orality, sensory integration and swallowing And on the other hand the affective and emotional aspect. “The cognitive-behavioral approach therapies (CBT) they are well suited because in addition to development work, small goals can be set in the form of exercises“Says our expert.

Thanks to Dr. Johanna Rozenblum, clinical psychologist and author of the book “Hypersensitivity, how to make it a resource?” published on April 20, 2022.

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