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Happy2Heal

403d

I’ve been in trauma therapy for a year and a half, had EMDR and currently in ACT therapy. Question is, why am I always so tired? Therapist said it’s because I’m healing, but I can’t get anything done. I’m not motivated to cook or clean. I’m very concerned. Any one else suffer from this and have suggestions on how to get out of this funk?

    • Tortie8

      400d

      I relate to this too, I'm always fighting fatigue. OK I'm not young (late 50s) but it's exhausting just carrying on sometimes.

    • JumpingMouse

      400d

      I defo relate to this. Once I started processing my trauma I became VERY fatigued and general depression symptoms like lack of motivation. I think it's because you're processessing a lot of repressed emotions (often sadness), and in a way can also be a grieving process (esp if you lost relationships/your childhood to trauma). I, personally, also struggle to manage this but Im just trying to give myself that space and time to heal as it is necessary. I've tried to lower my self-expectations during this time and realised that it's okay. Focus on simple things while you heal and do what you can. Do low energy activities like stretching, meditation, walks outside. Try and move your body as much as you can, some days are like that. 💕

      • Happy2Heal

        398d

        @JumpingMouse thank you for your response. I just started back to the gym and taking low level classes, I’m looking forward to warmer weather to get back outside walking. My therapist told me everyone goes through this…but honestly, who talks about it? It’s nice to hear it from you and others on this post. Thank you again.

    • MeRiCa

      402d

      Yes I have delt with being tired a lot after I have delt with a lot of my trauma and stuff.. the act for me worked very well and I still do it (I got myself flash cards) and I am exhausted after I do therapy for it or even the flash cards .. it takes a lot of energy out of me to deal with the emotions that come with the therapy and I crash after ... Not sure if that is what you are going through.. but I was told it will get better (the tiredness) ND honestly for me it has but it took time ... I would put so much energy into the emotions of feeling what I was doing in the act therapy that after I just crashed if that makes sense .. I think I repeated myself... Be easy on yourself please and know that all the work you are putting in will be worth it and it takes a lot of energy to heal! Please remember that no matter what you are doing amazing

      • Happy2Heal

        398d

        @MeRiCa this is exactly what I’m going through. I had therapy today, and I can’t even bring myself to cook a small meal. I shivered the entire session… like I use to do when I was a scared kid. I still can’t quit shivering after todays session. Like some of the others who have commented, I have CPTSD, GAD, and Depression. I did make it to a gym class this morning though… thankful for that.

      • MeRiCa

        400d

        @MeRiCa I like how the A.C.T therapy has you go through what you are feeling instead of avoiding like with D.B.T it has helped me with my anxiety and intrusive thoughts.. my inbox is always open if you need/want to talk

        • Happy2Heal

          398d

          @MeRiCa thank you so much. Intrusive thoughts is one of my strongest challenges, that and disassociation. As a kid I learned to “pretend” I was somewhere else to get away from the abuse and it turned into me checking out every time I experienced a trigger. When I’m focused, it’s not a problem, but when I’m not, it’s like going to different dimensions in time. If I hear a song from my childhood… I drift into memory lane and can be gone for several minutes. If I get scared, I’ll jump forward in time and watch as negative things play out. I want to take these things under control.

    • Aliek

      402d

      I'm always fatigued. Need illicit drugs just to get out of bed. I think its the depression/adhd/gad/ptsd combo for me

      • Happy2Heal

        398d

        @Aliek I’ve never done any type of drugs, not even weed. But I told my dr that I needed something to help me sleep, so she put me on Trazadone. It has helped me and I can always function somewhat now.

        • Aliek

          378d

          @Happy2Heal I wish trazadone had ever helped me, it works as an antidepressant for many. I've been on so many medications and the only ones that have ever helped me at all are zoloft, valium, and stimulants. Zoloft unfortunately has never improved my fatigue but has lessened my OCD and lessens my mood swings. It didn't do much for panic attacks or general anxiety, though. It only helped a fraction of my symptoms :( I'm trying to get medicated for my ADD so I can function again without opiates.

    • EliteLexy

      402d

      Maybe because we are rewiring parts of our brain/thinking? I am going through a very similar process at the moment and somedays are better than others, but my responses and and affects of triggers are changing.

      • Happy2Heal

        402d

        @EliteLexy thank you for your response. I agree, there is something to the level of energy it takes to rewire our brains. It’s emotionally draining. I imagine if we had to consciously tell our bodies to breathe or blink, it would be exhausting.

        • EliteLexy

          401d

          @Happy2Heal exactly how I feel and think of it as well! It is probably the hardest thing I have done thus far in this life.

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One of the replies suggests that taking small steps, such as maintaining personal hygiene and having a short shower routine, can help when feeling low. Another reply recommends meditation, making healthy eating choices, and getting enough sleep to cope with fatigue. It's essential to be patient with yourself during the healing process and consider talking to your support system about how you're feeling.

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