Interoception from the Outside

Emma Barnes
3 min readMay 2, 2023

I bought a pouch of tobacco today. I’ve been without cigarettes for three days. Sometimes quitting goes well. But today I found myself stuck in a couch, unable to stand. I couldn’t order tasks in my head to perform them. I just sat there.

Autistic catatonia is the psychiatric label. Inertia is the term many Autists use. The psychiatric label gives saline drip trolley, while our label gives “how do we solve this ourselves?” — nothing about us without us please and thank you. More below on what inertia feels like.

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Emma Barnes

Autistic, trans, survivor, abolitionist @friedkrill on Twitstagram