Throughout our lives we live with stress and each person deals with stress in their own particular ways. For those on the Spectrum, most of how stress is dealt with has been termed stimming. This post is neither about how to deal with stress or what dealing with stress may be termed. I wanted to share a short post on the mere fact that many on the Spectrum also live with some sort of stress disorder and what it looks like in comparison to a neurotypical person.
As this graph shows (made to show comparisons, not accurate or backed by science), many people on the Spectrum do not have a lot of wiggle room before they end up having a meltdown compared to a neurotypical person. This graph assumes a person on the Spectrum has a stress disorder coupling with decreased level of stress needed to cause a meltdown. The graph percentages are based off the neurotypical persons stress percentages, since every ones perception of stress varies and to show that people on the Spectrum have a increased level of daily stress compared to a neurotypical person. So what can be determined from this graph?
It can be said that due to stress disorders/ stress from known deficits, people on the Spectrum can have a higher level of stress during a normal day thus any added stress could cause a meltdown, unlike a neurotypical person, who may need a few more stress related instances to produce a meltdown.
Mark Fleming- Person on the Autism Spectrum