Autistic Burnout

What is Autistic Burnout? Have you heard of it yet?

I’ve been going through something laity, and thought perhaps I was just worn out or possibly depressed (but since I am happy depression was hard to believe). Upon closer investigation, it looks as if I may be suffering from Autistic Burnout.

So in true Autistic fashion, I am now researching the issue in hopes to find a solution. Thought I would share some of the interesting information, in case anyone else might be going through something similar.

Below are some great quotes from some of our fellow internet Aspies, I am so grateful to have such a great network of us out there sharing information.

Kezza from Resplendently Autistic says in one of her old bogs:

“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.”

Another spectrum blogger, Judy Endow says this in one of her blogs:

“Ultimately, for me, passing as “normal” means that I am now a fake person, never able to be myself without putting my ability to make a living in jeopardy. Because I am close to retirement age I am hoping I will make it.”
Amythest Schaber of the Neurowonderful Blog had a slightly different explanation in one of her videos:

See video here.

There is not a lot of information out there on this topic just yet, but it is one that I believe is worth mentioning, since apparently I am not the only person who has been there.


15 thoughts on “Autistic Burnout”

  1. There’s an awful lot of autistic burnout about and, from the people I’ve spoken to, it seems particularly prevalent in late-20s to mid-30s women, especially those late diagnosed or not yet diagnosed. The unseen cost of passing for too long. I’m in my 4th session of burnout in about 5 years and I’ve reached a point where I can’t go back to how things were because too much has changed to cause the latest burnout.

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    1. I agree (and happen to be a woman in that age group). My 2016 New Years resolution is to try to allow some of my AS traits (that are less obvious / disruptive show through). I want to be a more genuine me. Who knows, maybe by the end of the year I will be more open with people about my AS.

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      1. This is exactly what happened to me. I’d been treated on and off for depression since I was a teenager with no result. After my kids were born, my coping mechanisms were taken away and I burned out big time. I couldn’t look after my kids and pass for NT at the same time. I ended up getting assessed for Aspergers at age 33.

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        1. Everything was going pretty well for me. I’ve been pushing myself (although not knowing what I was pushing against) my entire life. Most things I overcome, but my new job wants us to all be “public faces of the company”, something that I did not understand when I got hired. I finally told my reporting manager that all of the networking and social events was causing me extreme anxiety, leaving me with no energy to take care of things at home, etc. She was surprisingly understanding but I am still recovering.

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  2. I experience a burnout about once a year, it seems like. I have depression / anxiety / high sensitivity, which I know isn’t the same thing as autism, but I think the point is that trying to “pass” for too long for ANY reason leads to burnout. I know for sure my burnouts are caused by trying to “pass” on days when I don’t feel social or would be better of doing something quietly by myself. I certainly respect the differences between autism and other forms of mental diversity, but it seems that the burnout factor might intersect. My goal every year is to live more authentically to minimize burnout!! 🙂

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    1. I think Autism is a culmination of MANY traits that occur across the human population. It seems as if Autism is when a greater number of these traits occur in one person. I have no doubt that other people who do not technically have autism may be experiencing some of the same issues.

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