Many autistic adults report experiencing burnout – a state of physical, mental and emotional exhaustion caused by excessive stress. However, autistic burnout remains poorly understood and recognised. In this blog, I’ll explore what autistic burnout is, what causes it, and most importantly – how we can cope with it.
What is Autistic Burnout?
Definition and Common Symptoms
Autistic burnout is a collapse of coping skills in response to exceeding one’s ability to handle stress. It often emerges after someone has spent significant time and effort trying to fit in and mask their authentic self.