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starfish

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Hello, I havent been on this site for a while, but I need some help now. Ihave suffered with depression for many years, and atm am so fatigued I dont know what to do. My very good CPN up and left under suspicous circumstanses afew months ago and I now have an agency CPN who not only lives miles away but could leave at any moment. I dont feel very secure in my care and since I lost my previous CPN whome I trusted and did a lot for me my mental health has taken a nose dive. I feel exhausted all the time, and am becoming almost house bound. Some days I cant even get dressed I'm so tired. What can I do? I dont know which way to turn .Should I try some complimentary therapy? herbs? yoga? see my gp? Can any one help me? I'm at my wits end.:eek2:
 
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Ah...I had the fatigue (of that kind) for five years. Bloody miserable, it is.

First thing I would suggest (because I thought of it too late) is to consider changing meds or taking a break from meds (if you're comfortable with that) and see if it helps - just as an experiment. I found that a lot of my fatigue lifted when I stopped taking medication.

The other thing is that fatigue is often caused by the stress of the 'noise' in your head. I would try mindfulness meditation, enjoyable distractions (are there any comedies you really like?), exercise is good but do it in small doses because that was the thing I kept pushing myself to do and then I would feel like I was going to collapse and that made me REALLY frustrated! So go outdoors and get exercise but don't push yourself if you're fatigued because it will just get frustrating if you can't do it.

The other thing I found helpful was to find an enjoyable way to socialise. Feeling 'part of something' - belonging - dramatically reduced my fatigue. I guess because it reduced the time I spent listening to the witterings of my own mind!

Apart from that, be good to yourself and don't do what I did (shout at yourself to have more energy - haha!) You'll only prolong it that way. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter why you feel the way you feel, you still deserve to look after yourself.

Hope some of this helps.
 
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Thanks for your reply, we live in the countryside, I used to go on a daily walk, I think I could only manage about 5 minuits atm. You,re right I need to be kind to my self, I think I am chastising myself about why I,m in this state. I dont know about coming off my meds, but I do know that I need to really get it across to my health team how much I am suffering.Thanks again.
 
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