Let’s talk about CPTSD, part 2

I wrote about CPTSD already. There is so much more to say about it, but I’m too tired to write these days.

After several years of therapy, I’m still getting the feeling that I’m not making any progress and that there is no hope for me at all. This is a common thing for CPTSD.

I know exactly where this comes from, but for now, the only thing I’ve learned to do about it is to just rest when these feelings arrive. And go very easy on myself.

I’m still getting overwhelmed with guilt when I try to rest. Resting can be more of a challenge for some than doing some work. I’m writing you this on my day off btw, not a good example to look up to, right? So, enough about me for today. goes back into the rest mode

Here are some pro insights about my day to day battle. I hope they come handy, for you or to understand somebody else better.

You can also check up these two closely related posts, in case you’ve missed them.
Let’s talk about (C)PTSD
What’s the difference between borderline personality disorder and CPTSD

What about you, do you have any PTSD or CPTSD experience? How do you cope with endless tiredness?

12 thoughts on “Let’s talk about CPTSD, part 2”

  1. I find coping is a bit like a dance 3 steps forward, 2 back, then to the side shuffle shuffle and then start again… Unless the dance music changes this goes on for a while. I have learned to be patient with myself… Although even that is a dance too. I am 58 this month and looking back I can say that there is progress, that gives me hope, perhaps it can give you some hope too.

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  2. Therapy can take a very long time. I often got frustrated with it. Like you, I also have always had trouble relaxing. My mother never sat still for a moment and I think I felt that was how I should be, but I have chronic pain and fatigue so it was a struggle and I used to think myself so lazy. We have to learn to stop judging ourselves. We need to like ourselves. It’s very hard, but in the end I did find peace of a sort. I have to watch out for the many triggers that set me back. But it’s not hopeless…do not despair. You accomplish so much. Be proud of that!

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  3. Tiredness can make it harder to cope and regulate moods, and it can become a vicious cycle. Often my first step is realizing I am tired and validating that. I have to remember, “oh yeah, heavy emotional stuff and dealing with trauma IS draining, and it’s NORMAL that I’m tired.” Once I can normalize it (like, this is normal for people dealing with trauma and ptsd), then i can give myself permission to figure out what I need and a healthy way to get it. And I try to allow flexibility, as sometimes work is the most restful thing for me to do (it can distract from the emotional stuff and give that part of me a break), but sometimes not. I’ve found yoga to be really helpful to get in tune with my body, emotions, and needs to figure out how to care for myself, and sometimes the best yoga stuff is the “just lie on the mat and “notice” any tension in your body.”

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  4. I truly have no Idea how it feels like to be in that condition but I really love helping such people they have stories that can be lessons for some and to others they are ignored because of character change.

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    • Thank you for your kind wishes. I appreciate it.

      These words don’t really help though. Not to me nor to many people in pain or with CPTSD. As a mental health advocate, I spread the word about this too.
      You gave me a good idea to write more about it, and I thank you for that.

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