Depression Versus Autistic Burnout, with Kieran Rose

Autistic children and adults experience a variety of stressors that can deplete their energy and take a toll on their mental and physical health. Doctors may mistakenly diagnose autistic burnout as depression. Listen as autistic advocate Kieran Rose explains the concept of autistic burnout, a concept that is not on the radar of most helping professionals, and its impact on those who experience it.



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  1. Mary on May 22, 2021 at 8:48 am

    I will definitely talk about this with my grandson’s therapist.

  2. Liz on May 22, 2021 at 11:52 am

    I feel I have this a lot of the time but GP is useless what’s the answer? X

  3. Amanda Fieldsend on May 22, 2021 at 2:52 pm

    I think my son suffered autistic burnout in Year 6 of Primary school, but he was treated by professionals as having anxiety and school refusal which were probably symptoms of burnout rather than the thing itself. The pushing required to get through anxiety is the opposite of what is needed for burnout, so ‘treatment’ actually prolonged the problem and made it worse, he was extremely fatigued and presenting as severely anxious after following psychologists advice who it seemed had never heard of autistic burnout. Misdiagnosis and treatment is harmful and dangerous. There is a year of suffering and trauma my child will never get back.

    • Sophie Moleta on August 20, 2021 at 3:28 am

      wow i could have written this, except from grade 3-6.. he actually used to tell me he was burned out…only diagnosed last year end of grade 6.. Defo a convo that needs to be had with all mainstream Drs who write referrals for kids to go to CAMHS or get MHPS is to check if ASD is on the cards…and then to know about masking and the burnout that goes with being ASD undiagnosed or unsupported…

  4. Ana Lehman on May 22, 2021 at 3:17 pm

    Very interesting. So what is the best treatment or approach for therapist or parents?

  5. Eric Larson on May 22, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    In addition to caregivers, educators and other support professionals will benefit from an awareness of the distinction between autistic burnout and depression. Thanks!

  6. Kaylene on May 22, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    As a Psychologist, I have never heard of this. With this new understanding, I can now educate my clients and their GPs. Thank you!

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