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Clinical Case Studies

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Julie M. Petersen


Sage Publications, Inc.

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Misophonia, a condition involving hypersensitivity, anger, and/or disgust in response to specific noises (e.g., chewing, tapping), is highly underresearched in children. Several case studies point towards the utility of cognitive behavioral therapy and related treatments (e.g., acceptance and commitment therapy [ACT]). ACT presents a particularly promising option, as it focuses on building psychological flexibility in response to difficult internal experiences, rather than trying to remove or change them (e.g., responding effectively to irritation provoked by chewing). The present case study describes “Kelly” (pseudonym), a 12-year-old girl with moderately severe misophonia symptoms, who received a 16-session course of ACT for misophonia. At post-treatment, Kelly reported a decline to the mild range of misophonia, as well as re-engagement in activities that were important to her and clinically significant reductions in depressive symptoms. These results suggest that ACT may be an appropriate treatment for children with misophonia; however, much more research is warranted.


Petersen, Julie M., and Michael P. Twohig, "Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for a Child With Misophonia: A Case Study", Clinical Case Studies (0) pp. 1-13. Copyright © 2022 (The Authors). DOI:

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