What is it?

Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) is a personality trait characterized by increased sensitivity to sensory and emotional stimuli. HSPs may process information more deeply and be more affected by external stimuli, such as noise or bright lights.

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Signs & symptoms

The symptoms of HSP may include emotional sensitivity, such as being easily overwhelmed by emotions or feeling deeply affected by others' emotions. HSPs may also be more sensitive to physical sensations, such as pain or the effects of caffeine. Additionally, HSPs may be more prone to anxiety, depression, or other mood disorders.


HSP is not recognized as a mental health disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). However, some healthcare professionals may use questionnaires or interviews to assess an individual's level of sensitivity and determine if they may be an HSP.


Treatment for HSP may involve developing coping strategies to manage sensory and emotional overload. This may include mindfulness practices, such as meditation or deep breathing exercises, as well as setting boundaries and practicing self-care. In some cases, therapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy or dialectical behavior therapy, may be recommended to address anxiety or other mood disorders that may co-occur with HSP.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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