A: Thanks for writing in with your question. Before I would recommend medication or any other treatment, I would suggest that you get a complete medical and psychological assessment, including screening for neurological conditions. If you aren’t sure where to start with this, contact your family doctor. You can print and take your letter and my response with you to help justify your concerns. It’s always a good idea to rule out physical causes in cases like this.
I’m not an expert in this area but there has been some research on “highly sensitive people” and this sounds similar to what you are describing. I’m including a link from one of the most well known authors in this area: http://www.hsperson.com/
Rather than hurting yourself (biting) as a means to cope, educate yourself on what could be causing the problems and what you can do about it. Finding a therapist with some experience in this area would be beneficial as well. You may also benefit from some mind-body focused techniques, such as yoga, meditation, and even therapeutic massage. Learning to manage the physical and emotion feelings that you currently find overwhelming is possible and will lead to an improved quality of life.
All the best,
Dr. Holly Counts