Again, disorder means that it is SIGNIFICANTLY interfering with ones ability to perform daily activities (work, rest, or "play"/leisure) An open mind may help you see that what appeared to be a "mental health", "behavioral", or "compulsive" behavior or issue may actually be based on inefficient sensory processing. ALL of you will check off several of the items on this checklist, as many of them indicate normal sensory preferences or difficulties. Look at HOW MANY you have checked off, the AMOUNT OF HIGH NUMBERS you indicated, WHICH SENSORY SYSTEMS are targeted, and HOW MUCH they impact your everyday FUNCTIONING.As with any "problem", it will not get better until you know the cause! Also, keep in mind, many of these symptoms can be indications of other disorders and mental health issues.Everybody knows the pressure of a first date: Searching for that perfect outfit. Dissecting each detail when it's over to check for mistakes.
If you are concerned after going through the checklist that you or your teenager's life may be significantly impacted by sensory processing issues, please contact a local Occupational Therapist.Love, love, love -- all the wretched cant of it, masking egotism, lust, masochism, fantasy under a mythology of sentimental postures, a welter of self-induced miseries and joys, blinding and masking the essential personalities in the frozen gestures of courtship, in the kissing and the dating and the desire, the compliments and the quarrels which vivify its barrenness.Dating is not a great way to "really get to know someone." Why?For young people who engage in significant health risk behaviours express concern and then ask them if they are willing to change their lives or are interested in learning more about ways to deal with their problems.This then leads to a discussion of potential follow up and therapeutic interventions.