#59 Burnt Out AF

Viv Dawes is an autism advocate and author who specialises in autistic burnout.

In this conversation, she discusses her experience helping parents of autistic children experiencing severe burnout and shares insights into the causes and effects of burnout. She also addresses the lack of understanding from professionals and how the education system can better support neurodivergent students.

Episode Highlights:

  • Autistic burnout is more than just exhaustionā€”it can involve hallucinations, mania-like symptoms, and feeling stuck in "fight or flight" mode.
  • Masking and constantly shaping oneself to fit an non-neurodivergent world can be profoundly damaging and a leading cause of burnout.
  • Burnout recovery is a journey that can take years as one resets and repairs lost skills and executive functioning.


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