When Mental Illness Makes You Oversensitive

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Does your mental illness make you oversensitive, or highly sensitive, to emotional or physical things around you? Get helpful tips on HealthyPlace.

When Mental Illness Makes You Oversensitive

There are many different types of mental illness, and they all share some common features. They are life-disruptive, and they affect someone's whole being: body, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Also, mental illnesses can make people oversensitive.

Mental illness can make people oversensitive in many different ways. For example, people living with mental illness can

  • become overstimulated by sounds, lights, crowds of people, and more
  • be bothered by physical sensations such as touch, irritation from fabrics, etc.
  • be easily overwhelmed by strong emotions, their own as well as others'
  • be overpowered and distracted by racing thoughts.

It's not uncommon for someone living with a mental illness to feel totally overwhelmed due to this oversensitivity. When that happens to you, try the following tips:

  • find a dim, quiet place
  • breathe deeply and slowly without trying to control your thoughts or feelings; just be
  • do something rhythmic, such as running the forefinger of one hand up and down the fingers of your other hand and then switching hands
  • put space between your thoughts/feelings and your true self; acknowledge the fact that you feel or think a certain way, and also acknowledge that it doesn't represent who you are

Separate yourself from situations, thoughts, and feelings to keep oversensitivity from crushing you.

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Your Thoughts

Today's Question: If you catch yourself being oversensitive, what do you do to regulate your thoughts, emotions, actions, or physical sensations? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page.


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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2017, January 31). When Mental Illness Makes You Oversensitive, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 13 from

Last Updated: March 28, 2024

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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