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Meltdowns v.s. depersonalization
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 2:11 pm    Post subject: Meltdowns v.s. depersonalization Reply with quote

When you're around something that causes a meltdown (blinking light, buzzing noise, etc.), what is it that causes the meltdown? Is it because you cannot stop yourself from paying attention to the thing that irritates you? Is it because the noise is very irritating, maybe even infuriating, and you cannot escape it?

I'm just wondering, because this is what I experienced as a teenager. I have a dissociative disorder now and sounds bother me less. I wonder if this is because I can ignore what bothers me. Please tell me your thoughts.


P.S. I would gladly take meltdowns back if I could be normal again. Sad
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 2:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Meltdowns v.s. depersonalization Reply with quote

Isthisreal wrote:
When you're around something that causes a meltdown (blinking light, buzzing noise, etc.), what is it that causes the meltdown? Is it because you cannot stop yourself from paying attention to the thing that irritates you? Is it because the noise is very irritating, maybe even infuriating, and you cannot escape it?

I'm just wondering, because this is what I experienced as a teenager. I have a dissociative disorder now and sounds bother me less. I wonder if this is because I can ignore what bothers me. Please tell me your thoughts.


P.S. I would gladly take meltdowns back if I could be normal again. Sad


My meltdowns happen precisely because of what you said: I can't stop paying attention to the thing that's driving me nuts, and I can't escape it. Problem is, it's not just a particular noise. It's just sensory data, period: sounds, visuals going too fast, too many people, too much going on "energetically" wherever I am. If the situation is structured and quiet, it's better, but only for awhile. If it's unstructured and noisy, forget it. I've tried to tough it out, but I've finally figured out that I just shouldn't be in those situations.

I also have some dissociative stuff going on. In fact, when I'm overloaded, I either melt down (usually at home) or dissociate (usually in public, as it's less antisocial).
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For me it's something I "can't escape" like you said. It can also be some event I prefer never to happen. May be meeting someone I don't want to see, or loud noise when I need silence. I also hate official meetings and corporative parties. This all can cause it.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 4:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Meltdowns v.s. depersonalization Reply with quote

neshamaruach wrote:


I also have some dissociative stuff going on. In fact, when I'm overloaded, I either melt down (usually at home) or dissociate (usually in public, as it's less antisocial).


Yes. This is exactly what I was talking about before. I've learned to be quiet in public. To pretend the issues aren't there. I am much more likely to dissociate when I'm upset in public than to melt down... at home? another story LOL
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