Sensory Overload in an Autistic Person

Sometimes, I seem to get sensory overload, which is common in autistic people.

My symptoms may include:

  • Things seems unreal
  • Hands feel like they’re about to disapper
  • Sounds can seem faint
  • Reduced peripheral vision awareness
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Being quiet

I think those are symptoms of sensory overload or shutdown. They don’t seem familiar to other people. From the outside, it may look similar to daydreaming, forgetfulness, zoning out, being withdrawn, or distracted.

With sensory overload, it can be much harder to function. More time is needed to concentrate, and memorizing things can be difficult.

The possible triggers include:

  • Traffic
  • Loud noise
  • Crowds
  • Stores
  • Sleeping too little
  • New commute route
  • New schedule
  • New routine
  • Visiting new places
  • Other surprises

To recover, you should remove the trigger if possible. Ear plugs and sunglasses may be helpful. Make sure that you have enough hearing and vision for safety.

Note that other people with sensory overload may have different triggers and symptoms.

What do you think? Please feel free to comment about your experience with sensory overload.

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