9/28/2017 11:16:22 AM
I think this is a hard question to answer, because rage is so dependant on context/environment. Most people get angry at times, when they are or perceive to be unjustly treated. Autistic people are both more prone to being unjustly treated, and more likely to misunderstand situations where communication is unclear. Due to this, I think we should expect autistic people to be angry more often than non-autistic people.
There’s also the factor of expressing rage; some people with supress it and then scream into a pillow later *cough*, some people will get outwardly angry, and some people will plot some terrible vengeance. My guess is that autistic people are more likely to be in the second group than the third.
However, I don’t know if there’s some component in autism itself that makes us more prone to anger as an emotion. There might be, or there might not, but I haven’t been able to find a study that has answers.
Not, I think, common in Asperger’s, based on my observations of other Aspies. Someone once pointed out that Aspies tend to have a “sweet” disposition, and I think that’s often the case.
We are, however, subject to autistic meltdowns which involve sudden rage. In a severe meltdown, the rage can become uncontrollable, like an epileptic fit, and the autistic person can hurt people, things, and himself. Afterwards, the person expresses remorse.
I don’t know that the more severe meltdowns occur in Aspies as opposed to those who are more highly autistic. In my own case, the anger can generally be suppressed and then let out when I’m in private, usually verbally, occasionally by throwing something. Perhaps once a year, I’ll have an outburst at someone else — but that’s purely verbal.
All in keeping, I think, with the observation that our emotions are unusually strong compared to neurotypicals, but that paradoxically, we’re less likely to express them, unless they cross a very high threshold of awfulness — and then all bets are off!
I have both ASD and BPD and I am not sure if my rage comes also from my autistic side. Borderline makes me feel emotions even more intense than I already do as a hyper empathetic aspergers and it’s exhausting. But I do know that some autistic people can rage very badly. In that case, it’s mostly the result of a meltdown coming from overstimulation.
Depends heavily on your imbalances. Growing up on the worst diet ever that messed with my depression levels and head in general? Yes, sure, the mood swings and rage were palpable. I was horrendous to live with.
Now that my diet is better and my vitamin deficiencies addressed my brain health is much calmer and I feel more in control so my rage is less than it was and easier to manage. Took 30 years for the Eureka moment of everything falling into place and now I only shudder to think what may have happened if my mental health disintegrated more.
Removed: processed foods/chemicals, learnt to cook, started drinking water
Added: vitamin d, b12, methylfolate, calcium, magnesium and iodine. Also added exercise.
Best thing I ever did: got a DNA test that provides raw data you can run through genetic genie. It lets you know where your deficiencies may lie and why, for example, you may have a sulphur intolerance like me.
There's endless arguements from parents of autistic children whenever anyone mentions a diet change. Stop being egotistical and get a firm answer, it could help the whole family. Life's too short to not help yourselves.
Rage was part of the reason I noticed something was wrong with me and started my research
If Aspies become too tired, hungry or stressed rage may follow. This is known as a “meltdown.” When a person on the Spectrum learns what his/her triggers are, it decreases the chances that a meltdown will follow. They guard against getting into those situations. This technique has its drawbacks, in that it’s not foolproof. But, it’s better than no plan at all.
I think rage isn’t a symptom, but things that could cause it come with autism. Loud noises, strong perfumes, not being able to stim, all seem to PYSICALLY hurt, so it is like if someone keeps punching you while you politely ask them to stop, at some point you will get upset. Along with that frustration is common for people who get upset at not understanding things, and Autistic people are often walked all over for a very long time before noticing which could lead to rage.