How to describe a meltdown…

Of course a meltdown is different for everyone and it is different than a tantrum. 

A tantrum you can usually predict or at the least pin point what started it.

A meltdown you can sometimes predict but that comes with time. Over time you realize that certain things will cause a meltdown. 

Based on what I’ve observed with W meltdowns are a combination of overdrive and complete shutdown! 

It’s experiencing every thing at once while trying to experience nothing. 

You’re body is in overdrive and your brain is literally trying to escape your body. The need to escape the cause of the meltdown causes a fight or flight response. 

It’s adrenaline and fight or flight. Some people fight, some flight and some start with one and end with the other. 

It’s anxiety, stress, fear, anger and sadness. Panic and terror. 

All logic goes out the window. 

Maybe it’s just W but when he has a meltdown he becomes primal. 

Maybe I’m wrong maybe a meltdown isn’t at all like what I’m describing but this is what it looks like to me.


Published by: tigkita

I've been through a lot in my life and I've realized that sharing my story helps me to deal with things. ~ so I have started this partially to help myself deal with the various emotions as they arise but also to help others who may be going through the same thing. This is our story of living with autism. this story actually started before W was diagnosed.

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