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What is a Meltdown?

A meltdown is when an individual looses all control and is at the pinnacle of fight or flight. All sense of reason and the ability to regulate their emotions may be completely lost.

What is a meltdown? is wonderfully described in detail by the PDA Society.

Meltdowns may take the form of explosive outbursts that may include the use of aggressive verbal  comments combined with physical violence towards property or / and other people.  It is important to understand that the individual is not making a conscious decision to display these behaviours, therefore the individual cannot make a conscious decision to stop.  A meltdown is not caused by and cannot be ended by an act of will from the individual experiencing it.

Other individuals may experience internal meltdowns.  In this instance the individual may become extremely upset, sob for hours, run off and hide in a…

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