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Snowpony

233d

I'm really struggling at the moment with severe autistic burnout. Just being alive is a chore at the moment, and everything is exhausting. I've also begun to experience more autism symptoms, such as my sensitivity to noise and touch being heightened, and me going non verbal a lot more easily. I was just wondering if anyone had any tips on how to start to get better? I have no idea and the professionals I've talked to seem to want me to be a bit better and engaging in talking therapy before they'll help me, but there doesn't seem anything to talk about, I just feel drained and nothing seems to help

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    • Javen

      48d

      I'm so burnt out right now, too. I feel so much guilt around not being able to keep going like everyone else. I'm showing up to my job less, and when I do, I've barely got any energy. I'm sorry you're burnt out too. It's hell. Best advice I've got from the internet is to write out all the things you do during the week. How many work hours, how many chores, face to face social hours, then see where you cut things out. I'm trying to reduce work hours because that's contributing to my burnout. My chores have already suffered. I barely do anything but lay in bed and color pictures.

    • Javen

      48d

      I'm so burnt out right now, too. I feel so much guilt around not being able to keep going like everyone else. I'm showing up to my job less, and when I do, I've barely got any energy. I'm sorry you're burnt out too. It's hell. Best advice I've got from the internet is to write out all the things you do during the week. How many work hours, how many chores, face to face social hours, then see where you cut things out. I'm trying to reduce work hours because that's contributing to my burnout. My chores have already suffered. I barely do anything but lay in bed and color pictures.

    • calico83

      230d

      My treatment providers are all recommending that I quit my job to focus on school because my burnout is so severe. But I have such a fear of disappointing others that I feel like I can’t quit (plus financial stress).

    • Ash.G

      233d

      I struggle with this every few days. I am still working on learning how to deal with it in a healthy way without burning out more. Hopefully you feel better soon.

    • jam064

      233d

      To start, for the first time since they started, I think Alike's auto-answer is actually pretty good. Next, the professionals you've seen are probably hesitant to help because until they have a guess at the root of the problem, any suggestions have the potential to cause more harm than good. Now here's my last idea, based on my personal experience. Sometimes I don't feel like there's anything to talk about because I'm having a relatively good week. So I talk to my therapist about something else--my pets' antics, the TV shows I'm watching, the books I'm reading. It almost always feeds into something I need to talk about that I didn't realize was there. Talk about anything. I know you said you've been going nonverbal more, but try. Talk about a current hyperfixation if you have one right now. If you have something you used to enjoy doing but don't anymore, try talking about it and see if any enthusiasm comes back. Talk about what the weather has been like/the forecast if that's what it takes to start talking. Starting is usually the hardest part for me. And remember: they are there for you, not the other way around. Start by focusing on what you want and/or can talk about, not what you think they want to hear about. It is their responsibility to meet you where you are. If they aren't willing to do that, you need to at least consider finding someone who will. This is about you, not them. Stay strong, we're rooting for you!

      • Snowpony

        233d

        @jam064 It's not that I haven't got anything to talk about because things are good, I just feel so nothingy at the moment that working out how I feel or what any problem I'm having is (apart from I just laid in bed all day and couldn't eat or get dressed or whatever) is impossible. Any time anyone asks me how I am I say I'm not answering, because I genuinely don't know. And unfortunately I don't have a therapist at the moment and meeting a new one seems overwhelming. I had someone a friend recommended and had an initial meeting, but actually setting up any sort of session just seems like too much at the moment. And again with journalling, I don't know what to write because my brain is just empty. Everything I see seems like something that would have helped me at the stage before I am now, and nothing seems to help now

        • calico83

          230d

          @Snowpony I relate to the executive function required to make appointments being very difficult. When I moved and had to get new insurance and a new therapist, I was self-medicating a lot with THC, but I guess it got me through that period.

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One suggestion is to try journaling as it might help when you're burnt out and regressing. Another advice is to keep trying the basics like eating a small meal, walking outside, getting sleep etc. Going through the motions, even if you don't feel like it's doing anything, can help. If your current therapist is out of ideas, consider trying a different one.

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