Autistic burnout is not an official diagnosis but it is a commonly and consistently reported experience within the autistic community. Research suggests that autistic burnout is caused by too much stress and inadequate support. We know that masking is a large contributor to autistic stress, however unmasking can leave people feeling ashamed and vulnerable.
Similarly, seeking support and meeting their needs can lead to fear of being stigmatised. In this talk, I will draw on the research evidence and my clinical and personal experience to explain what autistic burnout is and what causes it. I will explain how recovery happens and what you can do to help yourself, or someone else, recover from and prevent autistic burnout.
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