So I have been told that there will be a Christmas Party happening at my work. I have autism I really do not like this sort of thing.
This is my first ever job and I am really enjoying it. I have been diagnosed with autism but have not told my employer or any of my coworkers. I'm not against telling anybody, but it has never come up and I wouldn't know how to bring it up.
This company really likes to go social things. I have currently made quite an effort to attend most events but, then just had to make an excuse when it has been too much (e.g. too loud, got too late, just too over stimulating).
I currently have no information about what is going to happen at the party.
I asked questions like:
Where are we going?
How many people are going?
When will it start?
What happened last year?
But just got answers like, "we'll just go with the flow", "Nothings been fully planned".
This really isn't enough information for me, and it's making me more and more nervous.
I have no clue whether telling my coworkers I have autism will help the situation. I really don't want to go to something that I have no plan or information for. But I know that it is something that I should make an effort to go to.
Given the difficulties with autism, what coping strategies can I use so that I can go, enjoy myself, and deal with the associated anxiety?
It a small business about 15-20 employees. But I am a aware now that people are bringing plus one's(I don't have anybody to bring). Most of the employees seem to enjoy going all out when it come to social events. I do not enjoying being around drunk people. I will also not be going into work the following Monday as I have taken a holiday.