I concur. Meltdowns for me are *nothing* like a “temper tantrum” or a “good cry”. They’re serious – more akin to migraine in their intensity and disruption. And things to be managed, and avoided, if at all possible.
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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