Am I the only person who feels like Aspergers is a gift?
I don’t feel like it’s a gift exactly, but being autistic makes me who I am and it’s an important part of my identity. I don’t feel like it’s a bad thing though. Most of the time, I like being my autistic self.
Do you or any followers have methods or tips for helping with meltdowns, shutdowns, or going non-verbal? I've never particularly bothered with any procedure or mechanism for them since they did not happen regularly enough to warrant it. However recently I've started having instances of each more regularly, and can't seem to get a handle on them...
When I go through a period of more than a usual number of meltdowns/shutdowns, one of these things is usually responsible:
- big new stressor is suddenly placing too many demands on my resources
- overload from too much ongoing sensory input or lack of time alone
- too many changes in my life/environment
- stress from being overcommitted/having too many expectations
- emotionally difficult time due to big/hard life event
- transition period in life
- lack of self care (not getting enough sleep, the right food, etc)
- hormonal fluctuations
Usually by mentally shuffling through these possibilities I can find the source and try to do something to lessen my general distress level. I’ve noticed that meltdowns appear to be situational (this thing right now sucks) but are often more global and are triggered by smaller events that push me over the edge.
For example, moving to a new apartment (big stressor) doesn’t directly cause a meltdown, but the smaller frustrations of breaking a glass while I’m packing, discovering my favorite shirt is in the dirty clothes hamper or momentarily losing my keys will.