One of My Work Meltdowns

A very open blog post on what it is like to experience a meltdown at work..writing like this must have been so hard but it helps to explain sensory overload so well.

Maybe Autism Explains It All

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A work meltdown I had several years ago was the result of a culmination of a number of factors.

  1. There was a bad smell in the building that had been making me gag. I mentioned it to my boss, who mentioned it to the janitor, who apparently tried to eliminate it, but I could still smell it. No one else could smell it, so I was treated like it was all in my head. I plugged in an air freshener near my desk (perhaps that was too presumptuous of me, but I was the only one who worked in that area; everyone else had their own office), and that helped, but in my absence it was removed. I casually mentioned to my boss that my air freshener had gone missing. He told me he had removed it because it bothered his sinuses…

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