WATCH: What Having an Asperger’s Meltdown Is Really Like

Danielle Jacobs suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, and the meltdowns and panic attacks that she experiences as a result of the condition are something she battles on a daily basis. It is a condition that impacts individuals to different extents—in Danielle’s case she is prone to depressive episodes, meltdowns, panic attacks, and self-harm.

The video is hard to watch. Danielle’s body is overcome but uncontrollable sobbing. She repeatedly hits and slaps herself.

She decided to film herself at the onset of one such meltdown—both to show the world what it’s really like for her to go through these episodes on a daily basis. She also shared the video in the hopes of highlighting the great benefit and comfort she receives from her specially trained service dog, Samson.

Samson springs into action when Danielle begins to hurt herself, nuzzling her, and even laying his paws over her arms to gently prevent her from hitting herself.

Danielle wrote:

“This is what having Asperger’s is like. Please no negative comments this really happened and it’s not easy to open myself and share what it’s like on a daily basis. This is what’s considered a meltdown. Yes Samson is alerting. I trained him to alert to depressive episodes and self-harm not both but he alerted. It appears the response is late but it’s actually supposed to be as I’m coming out of the meltdown as I tend to have a panic attack after.”

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