The Real (and Very Normal) Reason You're So Exhausted After Therapy
As someone with years of therapy under her belt, I have firsthand experience with the range of feelings that can result from a session. Sometimes I'll leave feeling light as a feather—as if a major weight has been lifted from my chest—after having a certain realization, or, with help from my therapist, learning to reframe a previously distressing situation. Knowing that I have a better grasp on some aspect of my mental health can even go as far as being reenergizing.
But, at least for me, these sessions are the exception, not the norm. More often than not, a deep fatigue—an emotional hangover—will set in after an appointment. Sometimes it's immediate, while other times it'll hit me a few hours later, as if I had taken shots of NyQuil in the middle of the day. Assuming this meant I was even more broken than I'd originally thought, I brought it up with my therapist when we first started working together, and she assured me that both of my post-therapy responses (feeling either energized or exhausted) are completely normal. It may be normal, but that doesn't explain why it happens. Here, two mental health professionals help demystify the emotional (and sometimes even physical) exhaustion that can hit after a session of therapy.
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