An illustration of a girl excitedly saying “Hi!”, and an autistic guy being scared, not knowing how to respond.

Do autistics get exhausted from socializing?

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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Friendship, Layman's explanation, Relationships, Socializing


Dr. Natalie Engelbrecht

Dr. Natalie Engelbrecht

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

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