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Featured Autistic meltdown: is it prerequisite for ASD?

Discussion in 'Friends, Family & Social Skills' started by Canismajoris, Jul 10, 2019.

  1. Yes I have

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  2. No I have not

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  3. I don’t know

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  1. Peter Morrison

    Peter Morrison Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    From what I understand, there is a process that represents the signs of extreme discomfort. It's like the "gas tank almost empty" light. I have no way to measure how much patience or brain power I have to handle some situations, but heeding the warning is a good thing. Only from years of experience do I know what I can enjoy, tolerate, and marginally endure. Crowds, noise, and chaotic activity can cause me to shutdown. If that happens, it's time to go. I suppose everyone's tolerance level is different.
     
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  2. Autistamatic

    Autistamatic He's just this guy, you know? V.I.P Member

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    I'll drop this article in here. Very well-written article about meltdown written from a very personal perspective.

    Low Functioning
     
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  3. BlueSky Aozora

    BlueSky Aozora Well-Known Member

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    Is there any difference between autistic meltdowns and normal meltdowns?
    Does NT experience meltdowns too?
     
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  4. An Arctic fox

    An Arctic fox Well-Known Member

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    I'm not sure but I'd be interested to know
     
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    Isadoorian Well Known Chat Member, Welcomer of Newcomers V.I.P Member

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    I'm self diagnosed w/ PDD-NOS, officially w/ a "cognitive delay" and I've never had a meltdown. I can get frustrated with some things however (difficult missions in some video games for example, and I do feel a great sense of relief once I finally get past it).
     
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  6. An Arctic fox

    An Arctic fox Well-Known Member

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    Oh that's interesting, thank you
     
  7. An Arctic fox

    An Arctic fox Well-Known Member

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    That's a great article! Thanks :)
     
  8. Cazelle

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    Thanks for the article, makes me realise I might have meltdowns occasionally too! Lots to think about now.
     
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  9. Progster

    Progster Gone sideways to the sun V.I.P Member

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    I think they do. I was in the hospital waiting for an appointment when there was an incident; a girl down on the floor shouting and screaming, while people tried in vain to calm her down. Eventually, she got up and moved, I assume, to a quieter part of the hospital. But I don't know that she was NT, she might have been on the spectrum or have mental heath issues, there are any number of causes for a meltdown. Hospital environments aren't easy for NTs either. My dad, not autistic, used to have some quite intense frustration outbursts, my partner the same.
     
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  10. Canismajoris

    Canismajoris Hypergiant

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    I think that NT losing nerves like totally is the situation where it could look like an individual is having a meltdown.

    But to my understanding this would not be considered as meltdown but rather as nervous breakdown – which is just less intense (although still very intence experience). :D

    Here is video I found explaining the ”regular” nervous NT breakdown:
     
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  11. sisselcakes

    sisselcakes Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    Yes, we can! Since I’m not on the spectrum I’m not sure if they feel the same but I’ve acted in such a way that would look like a meltdown. I definitely have shutdowns.
     
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  12. Aspychata

    Aspychata Applying for the here and now....

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    Guess realizing if certain situations can trigger you. l used to be triggered by a outburst of anger, l trained myself to ignore this, this went back to a angry loud stepfather. l realised sometimes l need alone space to just feel "normal", and there is always the bathroom, the car, my phone games to divert and recalibrate my brain like a reset button. I think we can be proficient at identifying emotional, environmental, physical stressors that make us feel not in the moment, and we then dial back systematically until we find our cable channel that we can operate at a relatively easy frequency. Basically l disconnect, and finally have realised, l do it way too much. Sorry about my post.
     
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