Shared from autismhelpblog – When it all goes wrong

Truer words have seldom been spoken. It’s one of the reasons I am looking into getting an official diagnosis. I’m at risk, because people may misinterpret my Aspie-ness as something else — which requires heavy meds and treatment.

For some people with autism, the doctor’s surgery becomes a minefield and nothing ever seems to go right. For some the stress of the occasion can render them speechless or inappropriate, for others it can exhibit as over the top, loud and perhaps ‘challenging behaviour’. A meltdown is an often public display of distressing and volatile behaviour mainly caused by severe overwhelm in circumstances, environment or situation. For some the consequences can be dire and they can end up being removed from the surgery forever whilst for others it can be the most embarrassing event ever and they never get over it and return.

To a doctor a meltdown may be perceived as a ‘psychotic episode’ whilst to a police sergeant it may be seen as ‘arrest able threatening behaviour’, to a teacher it is seen as a ‘temper tantrum’ or ‘naughty child’. A meltdown is a very painful event both for those witnessing it and those experiencing it. Meltdowns can be spotted and avoided and all measures should be taken to ensure that meltdowns are not ignited within the practice when they could have been avoided.

A meltdown will rarely last for too long given the right handling. A meltdown is an extreme reaction to various varying stressors. Provoking a meltdown in a patient is a failure on the part of the surgery to cater for that person’s differences empathetically.

Read the rest at: autismhelpblog

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