What is Autistic Burnout?
I experienced Autistic burnout a few months ago. Coping with life became too much for me upon realising the full impact of my Aspergers' diagnosis. I had a major delayed reaction to my diagnosis and how much it really is going to change my life. More on that later.
In summary Autistic Burnout is an accumulation of years of trying to appear normal and cope as an Neurotypical (NT). The strain and drain of it suddenly becomes too much and an autistic person (me in this case) falls apart. All autistic symptoms get worse. Trying to manage all the every day normal activities are way too much. It is overwhelming and stressful for the person involved.
This article is an excellent in-depth explanation of Autistic Burnout. The original article is not working unfortunately.
Wrong Planet has a discussion on Autistic burnout which is also really good.
Here is another forum about Autistic symptoms getting worse during times of stress.
The above picture is from Karla's ASD page on Facebook. I have found her page to be a fantastic source of resources and information about Autism. I highly recommend her page.
So what is the solution to Autistic Burnout?I need to live my life in a way that suits me and that I can manage. I need to allow myself time to recover, process all the BIG stuff going on in my head. I need to manage my spoons or tokens and work out how many I have per day/week. I need to practice daily self-care which I currently do. I will write more on self-care in another post as I believe it is very important for us Autistics to learn and practice.
The 'real world' as known by NTs (neurotypicals) is not Autism friendly. It is too fast, too busy, overwhelming, stressful, sensory-overloading for us. We need to create our own world that is Autism friendly and live in a way which suits us.
The above image is from Karla's ASD Page. I will hyperlink to the actual image as what she has to say on the subject of the 'real world' is excellent.
I will share my actual story of Autistic burnout in another post.