What are Meltdowns and What do they Feel Like?
This was one of the first Aspergers Series I wrote and it was aimed at answering what seems to be the second most frequently asked Aspergers question (after "Am I an Aspie?").
The word meltdown is often used to describe two very separate types of responses which are generated from very similar feedback and feelings. These are an angry or frustrated reaction and a withdrawal reaction. I tend to refer to the second type of reaction as a "shutdown" rather than a "meltdown" and as such, don't cover it here. The articles linked below will still apply however as it is similar in most aspects, except for the final reaction.
- Part 1: Introducing Meltdowns
- What is it ? Why does it seem hidden until it Explodes? What happens during a meltdown? and Meltdowns in Children
- Part 2: The Violent Meltdown
- How Long does it Last? What makes it turn violent? and Meltdowns in Adults
- Shutdowns: A Different Type of Meltdown
- Unlike a meltdown, which is a kind of rage against a situation, a shutdown is a retreat.