The idea that it is possible to be both autistic and well is novel.
The idea that autistic people experience high levels of empathy is contested.
But what if both of these are true?
Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)
- Walt Whitman
“Song of Myself”
Laura Z. Weldon, a neurodivergent health coach and soon-to-be physician, is working to bridge these concepts. She is currently researching autistic burnout as a neuro-inflammatory condition to which autistic people are uniquely susceptible. This condition can be treated, and while autism itself cannot (nor, in her opinion, does it need to be), the more distressing aspects of sensory overload, shutdowns, and meltdowns can be greatly reduced by supporting the nervous system in appropriate and individualized ways.
Autistic Empaths is a project about sensory processing sensitivity as a trait and how it manifests on the autism spectrum (ASD), in sensory processing disorder (SPD), ADD/ADHD, synesthesia, BPD, addiction, and other conditions. Sensory processing sensitivity is the official term for what has been called the trait of high sensitivity; people who self-identify with it call themselves Highly Sensitive People, or HSPs. The trait includes increased empathy, depth of processing, overstimulation, and sensitivity to subtleties.
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