Struggling in Out Patient program

I have been in an intensive out patient program for 3 days and while the education is very beneficial I find the 6 hours intense and overwhelming. Also, it is hard for me to be around people for long periods of time. I feel so drained and exhausted and I am not sure why these symptoms of fatigue and exhaustion happen. I am taking tomorrow off to get some rest and for self care. But I was wondering if anyone else has these experiences and I am wondering what I can do to overcome it. It limits me in many ways.

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  • I can't imagine holding up for 3 consecutive 6 hour days! A year ago attending a social event would put me in bed for a day. Now, I need a quiet day at home but I can accomplish some things. Being hyper vigilant in public places is exhausting. If you can take little breaks and get away from everyone in a quiet space, it helps.

    I also take a small dose of a anti anxiety medication as needed before social situations. That helps a lot.

  • Thank you, I will take your advice. When I have are 10 minute breaks I will sit in my car for some time out. Your advice means a lot. Thank you.

  • Hi Wiseowl,

    I still find it hard to be in groups of people at times. Like you it leaves me quite drained and exhausted. It's because I'm on edge in groups and don't relax at times.

    I've worked at it and can now do a 9-5 but it's still tiring.

    I found that it helps a lot to take a break. At lunch I might pop out for a walk or sit somewhere quiet or sit in the car.

    Tonight I was a little wired so I went for a walk and a sit in the park before heading home.

    If possible I like to walk in solitude until I feel relaxed.

    It's just practice. It's taken me a while to get here.

  • That is a great idea, I will take my lunch out to the car and eat it. I love it.

  • I wouldn't dream of particpating in anything that intense, for now. Recently we've been offered an 8 week course in Mindfulness in work (2 hours weekly plus 30 mins daily homework). I did't need to think twice to decline the "offer".

    I have to attend Uni lectures at times, and luckily I quickly found out that my body&mind, very cleverly, automatically dissociates. I think this is a good, automated response (for me) and now I enjoy I don't have to listen to the lecturers' monologues. It is disempowering enough, that I am forced to attend. At least my clever subconcious removes me from the situaton, metaphorically speaking. This works for me, and for now it is okay.

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