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jjb0420 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
That's my biggest problem. All the pressure, frustration of being misunderstood in a conversation, and breaking of my comfort zone just.........pushes me, until I start to yell. I usually try to get away and calm down, but it sometimes just ends up with me blowing up, almost swearing, and even crying from the overload. It's moments like those I just need to get away, and recuperate. When I was younger my parents thought it was just typical child behavior............and usually after I blow up, my parents and I usually leave each other alone, and calm down.
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Bunni89 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this was really helpful! I always knew that meltdowns were different from temper tantrums but I didn't realize why.
Yeah, giving me "attention" just makes me really spiral into a total mess. Especially negative attention! My mum would always be like "look, everyone is staring at you! You're embarassing yourself!" even when they weren't, which is apparantly a common tactic used for kids in a temper tantrum that's supposed to shame them into behaving. But the problem is that the entire reason i'm freaking out is BECAUSE I feel like everyone is staring at me, and I'm failing at coping with my sensory overload, and I should be shamed and shunned and hated! So that would just make me cry harder and harder and turn a meltdown into like.. a crash for the entire day. And a lot of punishment for being so "disobedient", which also didn't help the problem cos I wasn't doing it on purpose >_<
But if someone just like... helped to remove me from the scary thing, helped me focus on something else, moved me somewhere quiet and maybe gave me some support (But not huge attention!) then the meltdown would have been over much faster and nobody would have to get angry. Instead of it escalating into me being full-on fight or flight mode and maybe literally kicking and screaming just to make everything stop. I've had that happen- I'm so freaked that I can't stand up and walk by myself, and then someone tries to forcibly drag me but I don't want anyone to touch me...
Stuff like that would make my mum and dad always go "but you give as bad as you take! you hit me too!" >_< There's a difference between trying to push someone away when they're hassling you, and smacking a kid around out of anger. >_<
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LykkiRykki Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Yep. I have these moements. I get over stressed and hide in my room with a book, my DS and my nook color. 
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ashachu2013 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Same here.
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LykkiRykki Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I can see why. It's basically my Aspie heaven.
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Cars2fangirl Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I can relate ^^
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Talongrasp Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Student General Artist
True dat, Holmes! True dat... ;)
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minecrafroger Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
i'm just asking, were are you from? i mean, with the way your, use some words it's like your from Britten or ALstrala or something.
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mdchan Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
USA, actually.
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minecrafroger Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
o
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Jenny345 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
Nice. I have those moments too.
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Lizzardtong Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
I do have days where i want be left alone completely, mostly always in the internet, where i take the "ghost mode" (seemingly offline) and make sure there is no way someone can send me a message in steam and don't visit other social pages. but the times i have it in RL are mostly unnoticed because either A: i am home Alone..again or B: i have in school little to no Social contact anyways 

(I am quite the Loner. and i make no secret out of it, if someone says to me that i am always alone, i say "I know, and i am happy about it")

if it something like a wedding (i visited 3 weddings in one week, jeesh was that a rush) or a birthday..or sometimes in school, people notice my lack of interest in talking to people and try to drag me into a group conversation and yeah...it all goes "I Don't wanna-" and then i am even more silent.
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SchrodingersMeerkat Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish I could get my own mom to understand this term.
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Jerrekedb Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
You've probably seen me post this one in the Aspergers-Support group, but since this comic is very much related(and for the people who don't follow the aspie groups and want to know more about a specific kind of meltdown), I'll place it here again: fav.me/d6xvyey

I think they're triggered by overstimulation from noisy(as in chaotic) environments. Social events where there are 3 conversations going on at once and I don't know how to(or can't) concentrate on a single one and the like. What I did find out yesterday evening was that (calm)music helps a lot for me, which is something I can exploit since I have noise cancelling headphones which also have a mode in which they combine the music with the noises from outside sources, so that I can speak to people while still keeping my headphones on and listening to music.
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Jerrekedb Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
I want to add that my last "temper tantrum" kind of meltdown has been quite some time ago :D
When I have a serious meltdown these days, it is more of an emotional breakdown with a lot of sobbing involved.
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little-shining-fox Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
Oh yeah, meltdowns are something I know all to well about. I mean when you combine autism with OCD it turns into one big headache. Thankfully they don't effect me to much and I don't get violent or anything like that (in fact I'm a complete pacifist, and am pretty timid) but at times when I'm under a ton of pressure, I kinda have a Panic attack myself, and if it gets bad enough, I kinda "shut down" and just try to run away from the stress. One of the things I normally do is carry my 3DS with me, to have an outlet to escape reality.
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mdchan Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Oh, definitely; the OCD contributes to the nightmare of them.  After a meltdown, the avoidance behavior from OCD kicks in, and I find myself hiding under my blankets the next day and refusing to go to school or work no matter how much my dad yells or what sort of punishments I'm threatened with.

When this happened when I was school-age (it started to get really bad in middle school, as the school itself was bigger, class sizes were larger, and everything was just overall way too overstimulating), and we didn't know what was going on.  Anxiety was eventually diagnosed, but my parents (and I) still couldn't figure out why I was so adamant in hiding under the covers the next day.
Now I know it was because of all combined; a meltdown in the form of a panic attack, then OCD avoidance kicking in (I had been diagnosed with OCD when I was around six or seven, I think).
I would wind up grounded for at least a week and up to a month, which made things even worse since I couldn't play video games or watch cartoons to help me calm down (and back then, the most I could draw were stick figures).
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ReddRedPanda Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
I can defininately relate, especially with the panic attacks. Those are not fun at all.
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Aorta-Heartless Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
I can really relate. That happened to me pretty much every Christmas. Way too many people on my Mom's side of the family to deal with.
I would get really fussy according to my mom.
This Christmas was really bad, I had a seizure...
Which really really REALLY sucks for people who have never had a seizure.
Actually from what you say, post seizure are a lot like the 'mode' you go into you have a meltdown.
It's very hard to function and it's rally best to make sure we stay put... Calling 911(or your country's equivalent) is still a good idea.

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LolMovedAccount Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love these comics! It helps me understand those with autism. I havn't met one with autism, but I hope I do.
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mdchan Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
That makes me glad to hear!  I know a lot of my readers have autism or are on the spectrum, so I'm really happy to hear from my readers who aren't on the spectrum.
I'm happy that people can relate to the comics, but I rarely hear from folks who aren't on the spectrum.  Thank you for commenting!  I'm glad it's helping!
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LolMovedAccount Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome I really don't give a s**t if someone has autism, down's or similar. I still look at them as people and not like someone deceased like some do. I think they can be far more intresting than normal people.
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Lizlovestoons12 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I can relate.
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cursedironfist7 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
yup. i was like that alot when i was little.
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Zipo-Chan Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Meltdowns were an issue while I was still in school, the kids in my classes were always so loud and so much was always happening in the room. I got suspended for a few days for one, and even sent to the ER for another one since it was mistaken for some kind of seizure.
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mdchan Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Yikes.  >.<
I was never sent the the hospital from school; nobody mistook it for anything except "being really weird".  I was lucky I never received a detention or anything for leaving the room frequently (twice, I nearly didn't have permission), but my grades did suffer since it was the sort of system where, if you're tardy enough times or miss enough days/classes, your GPA is dropped as punishment.
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Drakohahn Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
Oh, those times always sucked, since it would generally be during school hours. I'd usually end up just shutting down mentally and let autopilot take over until I could get back to my room at home.
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mdchan Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I envy that, actually; I couldn't even get on autopilot.  Once it happened at school, I either kept escaping to the nurse's office because I couldn't handle class, or my parents would actually have to be called and I'd wind up going home early.  When they happened/happen at home, I withdraw to my room and don't talk or look at anyone for the rest of the day.

Though, once I started going to a grades 6-12 school for "special ed" kids, there was less stimulation (as the class size was under 12 kids for the entire grade) and I didn't have meltdowns as frequently (at school, at least).
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Drakohahn Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
Autopilot's not so lucky, since it generally meant that I wasn't paying attention in class and didn't learn as a result. My special ed classes also contained more than just students needing a different kind of attention, they also tended to include violent students. I remember during one year of middle school, grade 6 if I recall correctly, there were at least two students who had to be escorted out of the school in handcuffs more than twice in that one year alone.
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mdchan Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Suppose that's true; I had trouble learning if I was on the verge of a meltdown, or forced to go through the rest of the school day. 

There wasn't anyone really violent at the special ed school I went to.  Yea, one of my friends was expelled for pulling a chair out from under someone (and felt really bad about it afterward to the point where I thought he was going to hurt himself), and another person was admitted to a juvenile prison for possession of drugs (which, unfortunately, turned him into a jerk; we were on the soccer team together, and he used to be nice enough, but when he returned from his prison stay, he was a bully).
It wasn't a place without jerks, and I can name a couple guys who bullied me (one on the bus, one in my grade), but since the teachers were more of supervisors since each of us had schoolwork tailored to whatever school curriculum we came from, and a place we could go (counselors) if we needed to talk to someone (or in my case, have a meltdown...though, actually, I would frequent the nurse's office, still.  Only this time, the nurse was a really nice woman who understood my meltdowns and let me collect myself).

Though, there was this one counselor who was strict and unsympathetic.  Or, more that he sympathized with the bullies.  When I told my younger friends at the school about the guy, they didn't believe it at first.  But when I bumped into one of those old friends years after graduation, he told me that he and everyone else realized what a jerk the counselor was, and that the guy did other not so great things.
And also, that the two guys on my bus who bullied me got even worse. 
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Drakohahn Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
Yeesh, that's rough. Still, I'm glad you were able to get through it alright.
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xelaalex Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
Hmm...I think I only ever had one meltdown, when I found myself having to stay at a friend's uncle's house for way longer than I was comfortable doing so.
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landonbay Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Meltdowns used to be very common to me, my body would get very numb, and I'd do things like cry for no absolute reason.

although, I consider this "Mode" more of a Detachment, rather than an Actual mode, and I have some issues with this (though, not to much)
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