I want to come back to a line in the article:
'Without adequate support, some autistic adults may also experience “burnout,” a phenomenon characterized by chronic exhaustion and loss of skills, among other consequences.'
Seeing "loss of skills" struck me, because people don't really talk about it much.
It happened to me. Not just normal rusting due to unemployment/etc, not "mere" depressive avoidance, but becoming unable to do the emotional labor of using some skills I retain.
and, honestly, becoming cognitively unable to do some skills I retain, at least some of the time.
I was thinking of being too emotionally exhausted to write to people as an example, previously having been somebody who tended to write way too much in personal communication.
But my experience of burnout also includes fluctuating brain fog that can just shut abilities off for me that I could've practically done in my sleep on good days before.
I don't know what to say
@AbbieNormal it's forcing me to slowly & painfully learn how to live my life in a way that's healthy or at least tolerable, so it's not all bad.
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