Welcome to Season 2!
Today we are talking about "burnout". Specifically autistic burnout, and how it differs from neurotypical understanding of burnout.
Joining me is Dr. Megan Anna Neff, a clinical psychologist working in Oregon. She specializes in working with neurodivergent adults and provides neurodivergent affirming assessments. And she has a special interest in autistic burnout.
00:06:32 Burnout can lead to depression.
00:07:03 Autistic burnout: exhaustion, skills loss, sensitivities.
00:14:04 Sensory sensitivities can cause burnout.
00:20:04 Autistic people more vulnerable to chronic conditions.
00:31:07 Prevent burnout through universal design.
00:36:39 Find supports and accommodations.
00:38:08 Heal with nature and body.
About the Guest:
Dr. Megan Anna Neff is a clinical psychologist working in Oregon. She specializesin working with neurodivergent adults and provides neurodivergent affirming assessments. They are a late in life diagnosed Autistic-ADHDer who is passionate about educating the mental health field on non-stereotypical presentations of autism and ADHD. Neff has co-authored two books, and published in several peer-reviewed psychological journals. They have a passion for research and for translating research into visualization which she provides on her website, Instagram and monthly workbooks. You can also find their work at www.neurodivergentinsights.com or on instagram (@Neurodivergent_Insights).
Resources cited in the episode:
Raymaker et al research on Autistic Burnout:
“Having All of Your
Internal Resources Exhausted Beyond Measure and Being
Left with No Clean-Up Crew: Defining Autistic Burnout."
Free PDFs available on Neurodivergent Insights site
Autism in Adulthood
Increased Chance for Chronic Diseases article