Detailed post reblogged, containing multiple autistic sources and explanations of what it costs, to be autistic in a majority neurotypical society.
Being a “high-functioning” autistic or having high-functioning depression or anxiety means being doubted and having your identity questioned. Exhausting efforts to pass and mask are given little credit—sometimes tossed aside with an “I do that too”—and held against you in those moments of burnout when you can longer pass, mask, and cope. Ableist tropes regarding hidden disability are the reward for passing.
Autistic burnout, it permeates every area of your life.
Burnout can happen to anyone at any age, because of the expectation to look neurotypical, to not stim, to be as non-autistic as possible.
Being something that neurologically you are not is exhausting.
Then, life got harder each day because of the effort needed to pull off the passing in order to maintain. But, it was also wonderful to not have to constantly…
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