Sometimes my head is so busy that any noise at all causes great discomfort. In mania, I particularly like loud music. In a low mood I cannot even tolerate the sound of the television or indeed any music. I want total silence, which is not realistic.
A slamming door or someone creeping up (intentionally or by accident) behind you makes most normal people jumpy but I actually physically jump, usually accompanied by a scream. I am also paralysed with fear if I hear any noise when I am alone (particularly with my daughter) in the house. Again I know this is common, especially for a woman, but sometimes I am so rooted to the spot or my bed that I wonder if I would even be able to defend myself or, God forbid my daughter.