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The M.E Profile and the Double Bind

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Its a real double edged sword

Surface Behaviour

  • Independent

  • Can cope with anything

  • Displays emotional strength

  • Roaches goals easily

  • Determined

  • Always there for everyone

  • A shoulder to cry on

  • Good bounce back ability

  • In control

  • Highly reliable

  • Fits everything in with ease

Driver of Behaviour

  • Creates a busy life to avoid feeling pain

  • Overly empathetic/sensitive

  • Feeling everything very deeply

  • Pushes self beyond limits

  • Fear of not being enough

  • Cant cope with conflict

  • Fear overwhelm

  • Lost connection to own body

  • Fear of being seen as lazy or weak

  • Suffers in silence

  • Unforgiving of self

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This leads to an inauthentic existence

Common Syptoms

  • Flu-like feeling

  • Persistent exhaustion

  • Fatigue

  • Post-exertional malaise

  • Feeling generally unwell

  • Aching muscles and joints

  • Nerve pains or pins and needles

  • Headache or migraine

  • Twitching muscles or cramps

  • Abdominal pain (stomach or bowel problems)

  • Recurrent sore throat, with or without swollen glands

  • Un-refreshing sleep

  • Waking for long periods in the early hours

  • Light, dreamy, restless sleep

  • Day/night reversal

  • Hypersomnia (sleeping for a long time)

  • Reduced attention span

  • Short-term memory problems

  • Word -finding difficulties/inability to plan or organize thoughts

  • Loss of concentration

  • Brain fog

  • Frustration

  • Anxiety

  • Panic attacks

  • Low mood, depression

  • Mood swings and irritability

  • Poor temperature control

  • Dizziness on standing up

  • Hypersensitivity to light and sound

  • Sweating

  • Loss of balance

  • Nausea

  • Loss of appetite

  • Indigestion

  • Excessive wind/bloating

  • Alternating diarrhea and constipation

  • Increased sensitivity

  • Bright lights

  • Noise

  • Odors

  • Food intolerances

  • Medications

  • Alcohol/caffeine

  • Other substances

  • Poor temperature regulation - cold hands and feet

  • Hormone imbalances

  • Adrenal dysregulation

  • Hypothyroidism

  • NB, women often find worsening of symptoms in line with menstrual cycle

These are common, but by no means an exhaustive list. I for one had many symptoms not directly listed!

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