What does a meltdown Feel like?

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Recently, my world has been turned “upside down”, which is actually the “normal” for me, since I became aware of living on the Asperger’s Autistic Spectrum. And I so much wanted to write everything I feel, but poetry isn’t the best method of conveying organised thoughts. To my absolute surprise, someone living in the same universe but on a beautifully different planet, has written all my thoughts, neatly organised. And since permission was granted to re-blog, I’m gladly sharing her thoughts, many common to us, Aspies, beginning with this one, to be followed by many more, before my new blog, “Aspergreatness” will emerge…

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In a relatively recent post, I explained the differences between a meltdown and a temper tantrum.  Even for those who haven’t personally experienced or witnessed a meltdown, it’s pretty easy to form a mental picture of what one looks like, using only minimal imagination; on the outside and at the surface, a meltdown resembles a garden variety tantrum (except that it’s not).

But few, if any, allistic people (those who aren’t on the autism spectrum) know what a meltdown actually feels like.  Truthfully, it can be tough to understand.  As with many other aspects of Asperger’s and the autism spectrum in general, it can be difficult to explain, and the details may vary among individual people, as do the thoughts, emotions, and “why”s behind it all.

I’m fortunate in that meltdowns don’t happen to me very often.  But I’ve had my share.  People have gotten hurt in the process. …

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4 responses to “What does a meltdown Feel like?

  1. Do you mind if I ask if you’re comfortable with this label (or any other?)
    It’s just that I don’t see that any particular variation of my behaviour/personality needs to be categorized simply for being in a minority group.

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    • I don’t mind at all, and yes, I am comfortable.
      For me it’s like having found my long lost family, just to find out that my family’s got an extra surname, which I’m proud to attach to my existent one. It’s that simple.
      For me:-)

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    • It’s also a matter of awareness, since life on the spectrum has its dark moments which none of us like, but they are a part of who we are.
      Nevertheless, besides our best efforts to cope and reduce the negative impact, sometimes the understanding, support and help of our social environment makes the real difference. And while I fully understand how damaging labelling is, many of us feel that without a clear defining of ourselves, even the best intentions can become themselves a source a greater damage.
      And you know, I think that if we accept a certain “acceptable for us” label, it might deter attempts to have us “mislabelled” 🙂

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