Meltdown, Shutdown & Flooding Support
I experience meltdowns, shutdowns, and something called Flooding which not many people have heard about.
I thought I'd start this thread by sharing some info on Flooding. Flooding is similar to a meltdown but in my experience, they are more interpersonal instead of being triggered by sensory stimuli, burnout, or exhaustion and frustration. They usually begin with some type of conflict involving another person, but spiral into emotional dysregulation.
In my opinion meltdowns, shutdowns, and floods all have the common denominator of starting with triggers. It's a bit of an oversimplification to say that a person is "triggered" without acknowledging that people can have different reactions to triggers, involving emotional upset and anger (flooding), anxiety (panic attacks), overload (shutdowns), and cumulative sensory hyperarousal (meltdowns).
Maybe other people have different experiences but these are mine. Feel free to contribute or share your thoughts and opinions.
My floods last longer than my meltdowns. Some of them last for about a week until I purge the emotion from my system. I often make the mistake of drawing the other person in, instead of learning self-soothing techniques. I'm still learning how to self-advocate and be verbal or expressive during a flood without making the situation worse.
I guess CPTSD makes it worse because I tend to end up being angry with myself via guilt and shame, and it's hard to break that cycle.
Anyway, here's the most recent article I read about Flooding. Enjoy.