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    I am so exhausted from being exhausted 🥱

    Does anyone else ever get this way. I go to bed exhausted (mind you that’s me barely making it to 9pm every night) wake up by 7am (out the door by 7:30am to get to work) . I wake up exhausted. Drink caffeine to try and help the sluggishness and cut myself off way before noon.

    I’m just so tired of feel exhausted and drained 24/7. It makes it hard to spend quality time with my family and significant other.

    Any recommendations?!

    #MixedConnectiveTissueDiseaseMCTD #RaynaudsPhenomenon #Insomnia #Depression #Anxiety

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    It got too much. Any ideas on how to pick myself up again gratefully received #CPTSD

    I got diagnosed with PTSD at the start of the year and CPTSD in the fall so quite new to figuring all this out. I have found a therapist who I have finally been able to open up to and we are starting to work on everything. Problem is actually talking about everything that has happened since I had a really bad accident 10 years ago that left me with a spinal injury has been really hard. I get it's going to be and that I have to go through it to help myself.
    My sleep has got worse as the therapy has progressed to the point where 3/4 broken hours complete with horrific nightmares, sleep paralysis and waking up drenched in sweat- sometimes in the process of acting whatever it is out.
    Last week was the first week I have had off since this insomnia started and I literally crashed physically and mentally without the constant to do list I maintain to distract myself. I collapsed and spent 2 days in hospital (not good when that's part of the previous trauma). Had to stop masking and call in sick to work for this week.

    This crash has wiped my resilience completely and I came here to ask how do you pull yourself back up after a low caused by PTSD?
    I'm struggling to see how to get back on my feet and continuing to fight on as I have the past 10 years. I'm normally a very tenacious person but I have lost the ability to just keep going.

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    Christmas shopping with my parents! It was so fun!

    I know I am blessed though the rest of me seems a bit rubbish at the moment. I had a doctor's appointment where I was assaulted and now I have PTSD from it.
    It was a gynecological appointment and my first. I left blessing with bruises after being unable to walk, falling to the ground and landing on my hip.

    Sorry I am so behind on messages but I have been trying to focus on mental and emotional health. I am not ignoring you or anything I am just struggling. I am so glad we have a haven like The Mighty. I would be so lost without it.
    I have tried to report the doctor but it seems that they are trying to silence my voice.

    Any advice?

    Meanwhile I am enjoying some awesome new mystery books! I have a new favorite author!

    Thank you Mighty family! ❤️ I am blessed to know each and every one of you!

    #AmplifiedMusculoskeletalPainSyndrome #Arthritis #Asthma #Anxiety #bedbound #ChronicFatigueSyndrome #CheckInWithMe #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #ComplexRegionalPainSyndrome #PTSD #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #Endometriosis #Depression #Fibromyalgia #Disability #DistractMe #GastroesophagealRefluxDisease #Grief #HypothyroidismUnderactiveThyroidDisease #Insomnia #Lupus #Lymphedema #MightyTogether #PosturalOrthostaticTachycardiaSyndrome #Psoriasis #MentalHealth #MemoryLoss #RareDisease #SuicidalThoughts

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    Mania or Insomnia? #BipolarDisorder

    Just woke up and it’s 3 in the morning. I take meds for sleep but for some reason I can’t sleep. I’m not experiencing all the typical symptoms of mania yet I feel wired if that makes any sense. I hope it doesn’t get worse. Or could it be insomnia? The only thing I’m afraid of is that the mania or insomnia will worsen the #PTSD and #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder . Once the PTSD gets triggered, I can go into a crying spell or experience intense emotions tied to the abuse and trauma I went through. In terms of the BPD, it can lead to black and white thinking which can make things even more difficult. So I’d like to know what exactly I’m experiencing. Perhaps it’s a combination of both. I’m not sure. Thank you for your response.
    #Abuse #AbuseSurvivors #PTSD #BipolarDisorder #Mania #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Insomnia

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    A day to recharge- but why do I feel guilty?

    Today I spent the day in bed. Didn’t talk much on the phone. Scrolled through emails, and desperately searched the internet for some info on why it’s ok to stay in bed the entire day. I didn’t find much about it, I found many things talking about why people stay in bed and it seems they are normally depressed. Although I do suffer from extreme anxiety and depression, I don’t think that’s it. Not today anyway. There has been many a day where I spent days in bed when my son was with his dad just because I didn’t feel like being part of the world. But now I do it probably once a week. I feel like I need it. I work a lot. I have a studio and I also work from home whenever I can. I am single mom to an 11 year old boy which is exhausting in itself. I’ve had insomnia for the last 20 years and although I take meds, I can’t remember the last time I woke up feeling refreshed. So once a week, if my schedule allows for it- I stay in bed. Some weeks and not often I stay in bed 2 days. And then there are weeks that I don’t at all.
    I feel like I need to recharge and this is the only way my body can keep going- mentally and physically. I’ve spoken at length about it to my therapist over the last few years and she said some people work out, some people do drugs. Others lay in bed or sleep to recharge. But why do I feel like a useless, lazy piece of trash?! Anyone else? #sleepallday #recharge #Depression #Anxiety #Lazy #recharge

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    SLEEP Is the most important thing for me. How about you?

    I finally got a solid 8 hours of sleep last night after 2 WEEKS of acute insomnia associated with a major depressive episode. I can't tell you how rejuvenated and refreshed and clearheaded I feel. I ate a proper breakfast and then went to the grocery store and restocked on a bunch of healthy food. Self-care is off to a good start today!

    For me, I cannot maintain mental stability without proper sleep. Insomnia is possibly the number one trigger for both mania and depression in my case -- and it's conveniently also a symptom of BOTH, so it's quite a vicious cycle at times.

    Are you like me? How critical is sleep for you?

    #MentalHealth #BipolarDisorder #Insomnia

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