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KatGPT

607d

Hey. I have a problem. I found something at a garage sale today that I really liked, and I didn't have enough money for it. I ended up throwing a temper tantrum when I got back in the car and it had felt like something was controlling me inside. It brought negative flashbacks of the incidents that I had when I was 8 or 9 or 10. I'm almost 21 and this is the first, like real temper tantrum I've had in years. My question is, could that be anxiety driven, or maybe a hormonal imbalance, or what? I've been dealing with stress all week. I quit my job on Wednesday because I wasn't getting the help I needed, plus I had a panic attack on top. I had a panic attack again Monday night and ended up missing my 8:00 class in the morning because I slept too late. I have a lot more other things coming up in the next week here, including the Special Olympics bowling season starting tomorrow (Sunday) and my birthday on Monday, and then something extra special Tuesday because it's my friend's birthday (he's a famous inventor, so he's got something big going on), and so forth. I am working on getting my medications adjusted again as well, which includes Duloxetine and Propranolol and Paliperidone and stuff like that. I've been taking my anxiety pill (Zyprexa / Olanzapine) every day to keep me sane, but sometimes the anxiety takes over. Plus, the way my mental health is right now, which I'll tell you is shit right now, that doesn't help anything either.

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    • Ash.G

      354d

      I am in special Olympics too.

    • Ash.G

      354d

      I am in special Olympics too.

    • Entropyluna

      607d

      That definitely sounds like a meltdown and not a "temper tantrum." And when people talk about a temper tantrum, they're talking about someone having intense negative emotions that they were never taught how to manage. For neurotypical people, this is typically the case. For autistic people, it's normally a meltdown. From my own experience with meltdowns, it's very similar to being in the passenger seat of a car. I can see and hear everything that's going on, but that's about it. I have no control over where we're going or what we're doing, and I'm just kind of along for the ride. If it felt similar to that, you might have experienced a meltdown. Even if it wasn't a meltdown, it's still worth addressing what emotions caused the change in behavior. A phrase I heard that I really like is, "What is your anger trying to tell you?" We get angry for a reason. All of our emotions are for a reason. If we can figure out what that reason is, then we can begin to work through it and the negative reaction it caused.

    • Xovil

      607d

      I see on your profile it says you have bipolar, is it possible that all this stress has made you a bit manic/hypomanic? Even a slight bit of hypomania often fuels an extreme autism meltdown (speaking from experience). The flashbacks could also be explained by elevated mood if you are manic/hypomanic. But it's also possible that it was just all the stress getting to you, unrelated to bipolar or hypomania

      • KatGPT

        607d

        @Xovil it's very possible. With me having bipolar, I have mood swings constantly. And the mood swings haven't been this bad as they were today in a very long time. I think you pretty much nailed it on the head, is that this could have been a manic episode. I have manic episodes often with me having bipolar, but none of them have been this bad in a very long time.

        • Xovil

          607d

          @KatGPT Usually a manic or hypomanic episode will last at least a couple days - if you only felt amped up for that one meltdown and didn't feel at all manic before or after, it could be caused by something else. For example, your recent medication adjustment could have set off a weird reaction, even if it didn't make you manic. It's important to know if you felt manic before and/or after the meltdown and for how long, so your doctor can make sure your bipolar medications prevent this type of meltdown from happening again. The good news is, manic or not, it seems this meltdown was triggered by a number of things going on in your life including stress and meds changing. So once your medications are working to their full potential again you should be back to normal

    • minime273

      607d

      The first thing worth asking is: was it a tantrum or a meltdown?

      • KatGPT

        607d

        @minime273 my parents said it was a temper tantrum but it could have been a mini meltdown.

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