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April 14, 2018

Do autistics get exhausted from socializing?

Last updated on May 2, 2021
Do autistic people typically get easily exhausted from socializing?

Hmmm…

Let me tell you a quick story. A number of years ago a friend and I reunited via email. She asked me when we could get together for a dinner.

I thought it over for a moment and said: “May”.

She said, “That is 6 months away”.

I responded, “Yes I know, I can’t get together with a friend more than once per month, and that is my next free engagement” (That was me before I knew I am autistic).

She thought I was kidding—I was not.


Post-socializing

Let’s see if I can show you in pictures what I’m like post-socializing:

This is me after my friend and I went out for a nice lunch:

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And here I am after the cashier at the store asked me about my day:

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Then here I am again after parent–teacher interviews:

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And this is me when I get back from after taking my dog and myself for a walk, and the other dog owners like to chat:

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Here is the day I had friends over last year for a meal:

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All images above from: Amazing Creatures


Spending time with friends is a HUGE thing for me. And even when I decide, “yes, that would be a great idea” and do make plans…

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This article
was written by:
dr-natalie-engelbrecht

Dr. Natalie Engelbrecht ND RP is a dually licensed naturopathic doctor and registered psychotherapist, and a Canadian leader in trauma, PTSD, and integrative medicine strictly informed by scientific research.

She was diagnosed at 46, and her autism plays a significant role in who she is as a doctor, and how she interacts with and cares for her patients and clients.

Want to know more about her? Read her About me page.

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Although our content is generally well-researched
and substantiated, or based on personal experience,
note that it does not constitute medical advice.

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