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29 May 2009, 5:42 am

Does anything make you more prone to sensory overload, meltdowns, etc, such as lack of sleep, hunger, stress or anything else?



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29 May 2009, 6:10 am

For me, it's noise.

talking
whispering
television
radio
typing
laughing
fluorescent lighting
lawn mowers
leaf blowers
foot steps
doors slamming

And the worst part is that all those things happen early in the morning. Every sound seems ten times louder if I just woke up.



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29 May 2009, 7:41 am

i get meltdowns when several people want something from me or need soemthing or all having differeing needs. when my head spins and spins trying to work out the approporate action til i meltdown!



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29 May 2009, 8:38 am

Sadly, what causes meltdowns and overloads in me is what other's consider a "normal life" with friends, partners, long work shifts dealing with lots of people, oh, and living near a place that has lots of crazy drivers behind the wheels of pickum up trucks. What a nightmare!



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29 May 2009, 12:52 pm

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i get meltdowns when several people want something from me or need soemthing or all having differeing needs. when my head spins and spins trying to work out the approporate action til i meltdown!

This, if i have several things i have to do, even if i don't have to do them all at once and have plenty of time, if i have too many obligations, it stresses me out and i get overwhelmed. I actually had a mini panic attack yesterday because of have 3 web design jobs lined up, i finished one and then freaked out because i have 2 others and then 3 hobby ones (not for work) i freaked out mostly because its taking time away from my kids and my OWN interests (art and hobby websites)

If there are too many sounds at once (like 2 fans on at once when i'm cooking or more than one person talking to me) or if anything is too loud (particularly things like computer games, TV, radio) i go into overload on the verge of melt down.



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29 May 2009, 1:54 pm

Lack of sleep and stress are my worst ones. Loud noises and bright lights if I can't remove myself from the situation or do anything about it.

I once had a meltdown and was on the phone with my boyfriend, whose voice normally calms me down... I was so upset that even the sound of his voice was making it worse. It sucked.



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29 May 2009, 3:08 pm

I've been very prone to this lately, today I've been stuck in a very bad meltdown. I'm very concerned, it's always this bad.



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29 May 2009, 6:09 pm

too many people talking at once, especially with TV's on etc.
also especially if attention is brought to myself with loud talking.
people touching me, brushing against me, being too close to me.



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29 May 2009, 10:37 pm

Darrenj777 wrote:
i get meltdowns when several people want something from me or need soemthing or all having differeing needs. when my head spins and spins trying to work out the approporate action til i meltdown!

I get that too. I get so confused I can't process what people are saying to me and I just break down.

My biggest triggers would be a mixture of crowds, loud noise and people shoving.


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29 May 2009, 10:57 pm

Lack of sleep, too many changes to my routine, and too much social contact.
*Edit* Also, sensory overload.


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30 May 2009, 11:08 am

I have noticed that I am a significantly more sensitive to noise stimulus when tired.



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30 May 2009, 2:17 pm

For me, lack of sleep has just as much of an affect as being drunk does. Both augment my senses enough to make sensory overload more likely, but I don't really get meltdowns. However, the biggest factor is definitly sleep. Fortunatly, I have my sleeping pattern under good control.



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30 May 2009, 3:07 pm

routine chance and stress :roll:


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30 May 2009, 10:36 pm

I've found that alcohol and marihuana actually reduce sensory overload. When I'm very drunk, loud rock sounds good. When I'm moderately drunk, loud noise is tolerable. The problem is that these quick fixes have their own drawbacks. I only smoked dope a few times in high school and quit because it burned like hell. Passing out and having one very bad hangover broke me the heavy drinking quickly. Lesser amounts of alcohol combined with noise to damage my hearing slightly, but enough to make an ear ring constantly. I've since quit what little drinking I did completely for medical reasons.

Overstimulation from multiple sources has an interaction effect. For example, one store's visual cacophony makes me more sensitive to its uneven floors. If my vision weren't overloaded, I would notice the unevenness of the floor, but not get overstimulated.



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31 May 2009, 2:57 am

I usualy only meltdown when i'm tired and over thinking.
If anyone sees me in a heap on the floor, crying uncontrolably when i'm done i tell them it's because of my traumatic past, even though i'm thinking about anything but that.
Perhaps i just dont understand myself sometimes?



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31 May 2009, 4:37 am

buryuntime wrote:
too many people talking at once, especially with TV's on etc.
also especially if attention is brought to myself with loud talking.
people touching me, brushing against me, being too close to me.

forgot to add change of plans or routine changes....

also when things I'm attached too BREAK or are LOST.