Sensory overload can be a problem for anyone, of every neurotype. It’s known to be a particularly common issue for ADHDers and autistic people. Reading the pages on hyposensitivity, hypersensitivity and synaesthesia, I hope, will be helpful.

When one or more of our senses are overloaded we have coping strategies or mechanisms to reduce our anxiety and allow our minds to recover. These may be unconscious coping mechanisms and can include meltdownsshutdowns and stimming. More conscious strategies often include the use of earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones, weighted blankets, sunglasses, chewelry, fidget toys or lying in a darkened room, to name just a few.

Sensory overload is horrible. It physical hurts, it’s exhausting and is incredibly stressful to have to deal with, particularly in public places.

Here’s a really good, straightforward list of sensory differences, from the NAS website.