Hi all, does anyone feel really tired after friends have unloaded their problems onto you? I have some really good friends and I have always been a very good listener I was a counsellor and therapist before retirement. The problem I have is that friend,s problems exhaust me even when I,m having a reasonable day - I often feel I really don't care, which is not like me - do you think it's a defence mechanism? Of course my family,s problems are different but they don't seem to overwhelm me and I do care about them. It just seems that after about half an hour of friends chat I,m exhausted and want them to leave! Am I horrid or is it fibro?