Sensory Overload in the Workplace

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Seeing Double, Understanding Autism

Hi all. This next piece is a guest article from my Mum (J). I had hoped to write an article on this issue myself, however the experience is too fresh, and it would be impossible to for me objective about it. While J is not on the autism spectrum, she describes my experience of sensory overload very well and has obviously been paying attention when I talk about Asperger’s Syndrome. (Just a quick note on the timescale, J wrote this piece just under a week ago, on the same day I formally quit my office based job in Leeds). So without further ado, here’s her perspective on sensory overload in the workplace….

Gwen started a new job just over two weeks ago.  Since starting, she has rapidly become more anxious and stressed, with an increase in her daily dose of citalopram giving scant relief.  I’ve done my best to be…

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Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

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