How would you best describe a sensory overload?

Last updated on February 13, 2021

Sensory overload is part of the experience of having autism, and one of the reasons why many of us tend to seclude ourselves.

We filter less from our world and this causes us to get:

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This happens because we have less:

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resulting in MORE connections…


Too much sensory input comes at us at once, and our brain says WTF!

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We can have a sensory overload…

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When we get overwhelmed by too much stuff!

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Sometimes patterns can overstimulate us…

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And when we hear speech from multiple conversations at the same time.

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And it can be very difficult or impossible to “filter” and process sounds and noises that we hear.

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(Anxiety Disorder)


For some of us it can actually cause:

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And we feel like this…

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Or we may have meltdowns or shutdowns.

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And if you leave us alone for a while, we can get back to feeling…

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And some days we can even manage this sensory overload…

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was written by:
dr-natalie-engelbrecht

I’m a dually licensed registered psychotherapist and naturopathic doctor, and a Canadian leader in trauma, PTSD, and integrative medicine strictly informed by scientific research.

And not only do I happen to be autistic, but my autism plays a significant role in who I am as a doctor and how I interact with and care for my patients and clients.

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