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Is there such a thing as residual burnout?

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    So after years of an ED I am in recovery (over a year in). During the ED there was full-time work, meetings, school, exercising A LOT, and of course the whole starvation thing. These past few months of recovery have been alright, except for the fatigue and the feelings of having NO desire to do anything. In fact, one of the only things I look forward to is napping when I can and sleeping for the night. My schedule has lightened up as I am just working and I have no formal courses (just a thesis to work on), but still going to NA meetings and less exercise. Could I be experiencing some type of residual burnout from running myself ragged the past few years? My motivation is normally very high, I am obsessive about finishing course work, usually very diligent with my duties… but lately I am just a walking zombie!


    Yes, I think this happens when in recovery from health issues, including an ED. If the ED was propping up your stress hormones (and it almost certainly was), and that was what was fueling your productivity and focus, then eating well and regularly will tend to zonk you out. It’s like this, but on a longer timeframe.

    I can’t imagine the solution would be to start artificially propping that energy up again. Of course, we all have obligations and have to do our best to balance that with recuperating. I’d say just find a way to carve out time for as much rest as possible while still taking care of what you need to do. Over time, your motivation and energy will likely go up as you nourish yourself well and rebuild your reserves.

    Good luck


    Oh my gosh. I’m glad I’m not the only one with this problem. For me I took adderall –ostensibly for ADHD but really so I wouldn’t be hungry and could eat an astonishingly low amount of food without any apparent consequences, because everyone knows eating is sinful and bad right (><)– on and off for several years, and now that I’ve stopped taking it for good (close to one year ago exactly) I STILL have yet to feel motivated to do anything other than take naps in between my other naps. I’m starting to wonder if I’m ever going to feel like a normal person again. Although I feel like overall for the last few months I’ve been feeling a little bit better, slowly but surely. I’m desperately hoping over here that Rob is right.


    Thanks for your replies. I am feeling a bit better. I am coming off of a medication which was probably contributing and starting taking a little higher dose of Glutamine and have only felt the need to nap twice in the past 5 or 6 days!

    Even though I am not napping I am resting a lot. Watching lots of Netflix when I can and generally just taking it easy!

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