Can you not be angry?

Temperamental. short-fused, hot-head, these are all words that have never been used to describe me. The reasoning is simple, I rarely get angry. I know that I have posted a couple times about being angry, but I think it is a good thing. When I should have been angry, this is in the past, I bottled up my anger.

When the bottle got full

When I did get angry enough to say something, it was always an explosion. Shouting, tears and everything that goes with a meltdown burst from that bottle. Terrifying is a good way to describe me when the bottle bursts open. Fortunately, that doesn’t happen often. I have come to terms with the fact that anger is not wholly negative.

Anger, in my belief, is the mind’s way of saying something is not right and you need to know it. If I can filter my anger into a change in the way I act, I would be able to do better when I become angry. Like I said, I do not get angry often. I get frustrated and confused, but anger is not something I experience a lot of.

Where does Autism fit in?

That is something that I have been considering for a long time. I can say I have no idea and be telling the truth, but I want to brainstorm for a little and see if I can figure something out. With autism there are moments that happen that are referred to as meltdowns. It is my understanding, since I have never had one, that a child with autism does not comprehend and does not understand something and it upsets them. It could also be a trigger for the child that causes the meltdown. I applaud the parents of children with autism on this. It is a superstar effort to be able to help your child when they are having a meltdown.

I do not think that a meltdown in anger though. It is confusion and a lack of emotional experience. That is something that I have noticed with treatment for autism. I do not know the scientific terms for all of this so I am going to do my best with what words I know.

Doctors who treat people with autism always try to treat the autism and not the person. That is the wrong approach. If you focus exclusively on the disorder, you lose the person and their abilities. I remember in one of my college courses this is called the medical model. If the medical model is the prevalent way to treat people with autism, I think it should be changed.

Autism can not be cured at this point in time. What I think doctors, psychiatrists and therapists should focus on is living with autism. Try to figure out ways to cope with having autism and do not treat it like a personal defect.

I realize that I changed the topic and I apologize. Excitement over this topic is really high for me right now, and I think I can round it out to deal with anger. Just like everyone else people with autism can become angry. Some of us might have short fuses, others have longer fuses. What I am saying is that autism is just another thing that a person has to deal with.

In my next post I am going to go a little bit more in-depth with the treatment of autism and how I think it should change. I will also be doing a more in-depth explanation of anger and autism. It is a worthy endeavor and I want to do research before I start writing about it. The last thing I want to do is to give false information.

Thank you so much for reading!

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