1. They usually have multiple causes, spread over a period of time. The incident that appears to trigger a meltdown is often not the most significant reason for it.

2. Meltdowns hurt. They are physically and emotionally exhausting and require hours and sometimes days to recover from.

3. Sometimes they are loud and sometimes they are quiet. Sometimes the quiet ones hurt the most.

4. Lots of autistic adults have meltdowns. Many of us also have guilt and shame about them.

5. When we are in meltdown, we tend not to have access to the rational parts of our brains. There is no point in trying to reason with us then or in taking what we say during them seriously or personally. The best thing to do is usually to leave us alone.

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