Worth Repeating: “Blind Rage” in Children on the Autism Spectrum

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[Source:  My Aspergers Child]

Some children with Aspergers and High-Functioning Autism are known for their “explosive” and “out-of-control” behavior. This is referred to as “blind rage.” A blind rage is “blind” in the sense that the affected child may not be totally aware of his or her behavior during the rage episode.  It’s a feeling of intense and growing anger that is associated with the fight-or-flight response, but should not be confused with temper tantrums or meltdowns. During a tantrum, the child is aware of his or her behavior and motives, whereas rage occurs in a semi-conscious state. Meltdowns are driven more by anxiety-related issues (e.g., sensory sensitivities), whereas rage is driven more by anger-related issues and a need to retaliate.

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