By Clara H
I went through blood tests, MRIs, a CT scan, and an EEG. The results showed that I was fine so nobody knew what the problem was. My family and friends were worried sick about me thinking I may never be the same.
Luckily, I was able to go home on November, 10th though I was still not feeling like myself. I missed almost an entire week of school in order to get better. I went to doctor appointments nearly every day for the rest of the month. I also started to go to physical therapy sense vertigo seemed to be what caused this traumatic experience.
Everyone has been telling me different reasons for this event. I've been told I could have a seizure disorder, atypical migraines, Meniere's disease, and many other conditions. I do not believe any of those to be correct because I do not feel all that sick. Mainly I feel tired, confused, and stressed.
Not too long ago I heard about something called "autistic burnout" which different than a professional burnout because it has different causes and symptoms. It is not usually taught in school or studied thoroughly so many people have never heard about it before. This came to my attention of needing to be addressed because of how extreme my situation was.
So, what is an autistic burnout? Well, It’s a way the atypical mind takes a break from being in a neurotypical world making it seem like their condition is regressing. They tend to be seen mainly in teens and young adults with Asperger Syndrome because of the exhaustion of trying to pass a typically developed person. Many people going through it (myself included) don't even realize it until it's too late.
Your loved one could be at risk of burnout if they:
Common symptoms and how to help:
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