Aspie meltdowns

By Jessika Endsley

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Hi, this is Dizzy and I got my webcam to work, yay! It's still duct-taped to my laptop, which was falling apart, but we do what we can in the town where Duck Dynasty is, okay? I'm a fan. Anyhow, Asperger's meltdowns, since it's Autism Awareness month. I would like for it to be "Acceptance" month, as I've said in my prior video. So, meltdowns in adults with Asperger's. Meltdowns are neurological, not emotional, Okay? Breakdowns are emotional. If you have an emotional breakdown, you're not having a meltdown. A meltdown is more of an autistic thing than a breakdown. It's a symptom of being overwhelmed. When things are not in order, a meltdown can happen. A friend that I know said about people not understanding how it's difficult to go up and get fries if you ordered something and they forgot the fries to put it in the bag, other people would be like, "Just go up and get it." And that's very difficult, because that involves getting up, walking to the right person, explaining what happened with words to make them comprehend what you're talking about, and that could be extremely difficult for us, because there's just a level of it not being logical. The fries are supposed to be in the bag; things are out of order. It's just not cool.

aspergers-meltdownAnd therefore it takes a bit of thinking and a bit of bravery for us to do certain things like that. Meltdowns aren't temper tantrums. They're not really anger-induced. They can be, but that's different. They're not anxiety attacks. Anxiety usually is what contributes to a meltdown, though. Most people who have Asperger's syndrome and autism have high levels of anxiety. If a person feels like they're on the verge of a meltdown, it is best to, as I have said in other videos, just stop everything. Your sensory overload is probably through the roof, you need to go curl up in bed with a heavy blanket. You need to turn the light off. You need to get away from sound. Of course, this is not always possible in public settings, which is where we run into problems, because if people see an adult having a meltdown, they assume insanity. They don't think about the fact that it's the same thing as the kid over there with autism who's having a meltdown because something wasn't right or the peas touched the potatoes, or something.

Trying to stop a person having a meltdown with insults is a very bad idea. I have experienced this and it just makes the meltdown worse. Anyone who is having a meltdown is overwhelmed, and often in the autistic spectrum, that is due to just sensory stimuli, lights, sounds, like I said before: Too much talking, too much information, someone telling you a long story. Long-winded people often have Asperger's, but long-winded people without Asperger's can be extremely dull for us. We don't quite care about a lot of things. That doesn't mean we're not interested, it's just hard for us sometimes to swallow because we're thinking about something else all the time. We tend to have racing brains.

aspergers-meltdownA meltdown isn't an over-reaction. If you're a female Aspie, you're gonna be told you're overreacting or that you're PMS-ing, which is extremely offensive. If you have a meltdown and someone sees it. If you're like me, you repress your meltdowns. I repress mine to the point that I end up having one every few months because it just gets so bad. I don't want to admit that I feel like having a meltdown, therefore, I do not allow myself to have the meltdown. I stim a lot. I've gotten very good at controlling my meltdowns, but that doesn't mean they don't happen. Maybe suppressing them and things isn't the best idea. You have to get away from what's causing it, just for a little bit. It's a horribly embarrassing experience for, I'm pretty sure everybody on the spectrum, because it's a total display of un-control of yourself. As generally placid people, a meltdown is just like a personality flip. It's not really, but that's what it appears to be for people who don't know what's going on.

It can lead to hospitalization. Sometimes it presents with screaming, hurling things, hitting your head, excessive stimming, shrieking and just damaging stuff, hitting the wall, just... A melt down. It's not hard to figure out what that means. But there can be head-hitting in autistic meltdowns. Meltdowns don't tend to be violent towards other people. The throwing of objects could indicate that someone could get hurt, but it's never... It's not an intentional, like "I am coming after you," type thing. People need to understand meltdowns a little better, because they happen, and if you what a friendship, relationship, marriage with someone who have Asperger's, you're going to probably see one at least once. Even if you're pretty well-controlled, like I am, like I said, every few months it overflows. And I'm usually alone when that happens, but like I said, I don't even like to admit to myself that I feel like having a meltdown.

Anyhow, that's what I'm talking about today, for now, is meltdowns. Thank God the webcam, is back on my laptop duct-taped up all nice and pretty. Anyhow, I hope everybody is having a good day, and is trying to learn more and make autism more accepted. And I hope that the people who just want to cure it, shut up. Thank you, and have a good day.

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