Ever seen an NT adult have a tantrum/meltdown?

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12 Dec 2010, 6:48 pm

anbuend wrote:
I've seen them throw tantrums. Meltdowns are something different entirely.


Yes! I'm sick of NT's saying they have meltdowns. They don't have that dysfunction in their Limbic system like we do.

How does the OP know he is NT anyway? People with AS can date. In fact my mum was b***ing about her ex last night who is definitely on the spectrum.
People with ADHD have very little control over their anger too. I'm sure there are other disorders when a meltdown is actually a meltdown and not a tantrum.


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12 Dec 2010, 6:56 pm

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I have!
I was on a course for 3 weeks, and everyone in my group were NTs except for me. One of them was a young man, (I'll just say J). He was very chatty and popular, and he had a girlfriend who was in the same group. I liked him a lot - he was the life and soul of the group, and he was one of those people everybody got on with, and everyone wanted him to accept them on Facebook - (except me, I don't have Facebook).
But one day on the last week, the tutor wanted everyone to sit in groups of 3 - but J started moaning because he wasn't in the same group as his girlfriend, and he accused her of trying to come between their relationship and splitting them up. The tutor said she wasn't doing that at all - she said this was part of the exercise. But he wouldn't have it - and she took him out of the room to calm him down, but he got worse, and started to smash his head against the wall until there was blood (and a dent in the wall), and he then started slapping himself in the face. The tutor had to ban him from the course because of anti-social behaviour. And he wasn't on drugs or anything.

What the hell got into him to suddenly have a massive outburst like that? Has anyone else experienced an NT meltdown?

I wouldn't call that meltdown. It sounds like a fit of jealousy. Him and his girlfriend are not going to be together 24/7 every day of their life! He's going to have to accept the fact he isn't going to be with her at all times and he might not even be with her forever.



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12 Dec 2010, 9:08 pm

What's the difference between a meltdown and a temper tantrum?



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12 Dec 2010, 9:18 pm

My old shrink had a tantrum/meltdown when I told him that I didn't want to see him anymore. He started screaming at my mom and I and didn't calm down for about an hour. Total baby. :roll:



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13 Dec 2010, 12:52 pm

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I wouldn't call that meltdown. It sounds like a fit of jealousy. Him and his girlfriend are not going to be together 24/7 every day of their life! He's going to have to accept the fact he isn't going to be with her at all times and he might not even be with her forever


I heard that his girlfriend has left him now because she got freaked out with his behaviour. They had only been together 3 months but she had never experienced that type of behaviour with him.

He might of had something wrong with him, but it definately wasn't an AS or Autism disorder. He might have just been a weird person - NT doesn't mean ''a completely perfect person with no faults''. It just means ''a person without a diagnosed disability/doesn't need a diagnosis''. They can still act unnaceptably if they wanted to.
Well, I think he needed a diagnosis of ''anger management''.

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13 Dec 2010, 12:55 pm

ocdgirl123 wrote:
What's the difference between a meltdown and a temper tantrum?


I don't know.


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13 Dec 2010, 3:10 pm

Joe90 wrote:
ocdgirl123 wrote:
What's the difference between a meltdown and a temper tantrum?


I don't know.


A meltdown and a (temper) tantrum are the same according to these sources(link 1, link 2):

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A tantrum is an emotional outburst that is typically characterized by stubbornness, crying, screaming, defiance, angry ranting, a resistance to attempts at pacification and, at some cases, hitting. Physical control may be lost, the person may be unable to remain still, and even if the "goal" of the person is met he or she may not be calmed.

A tantrum may be expressed in a tirade: a protracted, angry, or violent speech.


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14 Dec 2010, 12:22 am

Among autistic people they have two totally different meanings.

A meltdown is a loud or violent (I mean type of movement not meaning necessarily injuring someone) reaction to overload. It happens when a person's brain cannot process any more things at once, more likely to become a meltdown rather than a shutdown if there is pressure of some sort involved. It's not manipulative, childish, calculated, about not getting what you want, controlling, or deliberate, whereas tantrums are usually one or more of those things.


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14 Dec 2010, 12:33 am

I had a NT get mad at me at a crosswalk for giving him the finger and he threw his cellphone at me from inside his car I would call that a meltdown. He even called the police on me then preceeded to yell at the cop. :lol:


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