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09 Aug 2019, 4:50 pm

I had a meltdown in front of a mental health worker today who called the ambulance on me... And sent me to the ER... But I recovered and ER ended up sending me home.

Why do they insist when I have meltdowns I am having a mental health emergency instead... Grrrrrr


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09 Aug 2019, 4:52 pm

I’m glad you weren’t admitted.

What caused the meltdown?

I feel like the person who called was trying to “cover butt.”



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09 Aug 2019, 4:54 pm

If they don't know a lot about meltdowns or autism, they can seem worse than they are. It could also be a liability issue, if you harmed yourself or someone else and they did nothing, they could be held liable.



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09 Aug 2019, 4:57 pm

Angnix wrote:
... Why do they insist when I have meltdowns I am having a mental health emergency instead?
Because some autistic meltdowns can mimic some "psychotic rage" episodes.


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09 Aug 2019, 5:43 pm

Angnix wrote:
I had a meltdown in front of a mental health worker today who called the ambulance on me... And sent me to the ER... But I recovered and ER ended up sending me home.

Why do they insist when I have meltdowns I am having a mental health emergency instead... Grrrrrr

Meltdowns are nothing like mental health emergencies. Trust me I'm on both sides with autism and mental illness. Like kraftie said they were covering their behind. It's terrible that you were treated that way. Where were you when the meltdown happened?



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09 Aug 2019, 6:04 pm

Please get a different mental health worker


How much did you have to pay for the ambulance?



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09 Aug 2019, 6:38 pm

Yep. Sounds like the usual "health worker yet again clueless with regards to what ASD is"

I wonder if health workers would do the same to a stroke survivor?
Apparently, from fMRI brain scans, the ASD brain behaves very similar to that of the Stroke survivor brain.

But no one would dare treat a stroke survivor so ignorantly!



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09 Aug 2019, 8:47 pm

I am sorry you went through that. If that person knew you were Autistic, he should have responded differently. Either that or he needs to understand Autism better. That is such a basic thing about Autism. All health care workers should know that most Autistic people are prone to meltdowns.


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10 Aug 2019, 9:51 am

Well, I'm "officially" diagnosed as bipolar...

I was having a meltdown because I was trying to get into the doctor for my depression and they said they couldn't change my appointment to something sooner.

I'm mostly suffering from boredom because I have nothing useful to do...


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10 Aug 2019, 2:08 pm

Ah the value of a diagnosis beyond treatment, just another reason a diagnosis of autism is important regardless if there is anything that they can do for you or not.



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10 Aug 2019, 4:56 pm

Angnix,
I'm sorry that happened. :( I agree that you were treated poorly. Mental Health workers don't always understand autism, which should not be the case. They should be able to discern meltdowns from rage or psychosis. Was it a mental health provider you know, whom you will see again?

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Yep. Sounds like the usual "health worker yet again clueless with regards to what ASD is"

I wonder if health workers would do the same to a stroke survivor?
Apparently, from fMRI brain scans, the ASD brain behaves very similar to that of the Stroke survivor brain.

But no one would dare treat a stroke survivor so ignorantly!


madbutnotmad,
I can speak from experience because I had a stroke in 2015, and I am also autistic. Doctors and mental health professionals do not understand stroke behaviour any more than they understand meltdowns. The lack of awareness is astounding.


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10 Aug 2019, 7:50 pm

The mental health worker is not familiar with autism

Unconscious incompetence


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07 Nov 2023, 9:45 am

Angnix
I suffered a massive stroke about 2 1/2 years ago and lost much of my cognitive abilities. As a result, many people who experience the same type of problem carry a short card with them that describes their condition. So in your case if you suffer a meltdown due to stress, you can inform those that come to help about your condition.


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07 Nov 2023, 6:09 pm

My parents used this as a threat becuase they knew it was a phobia.

I've also heard of panic attacks so bad they look like heart attacks.


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08 Nov 2023, 7:58 pm

 
Angnix last visited this website on 2022 Sep 22.  She hasn't been back for over a year.

She may have been 'lurking' since then, but I doubt it.


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