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ocd, depression, anxiety and stress extremely worst after weight training

Discussion in 'General Discussion Subforum' started by stevow7, Jun 14, 2019 at 12:08 PM.

  1. stevow7

    stevow7 Well known member

    I’m 27. I don’t even train a lot. just one hour of weight training makes my ocd and anxiety sky high and messes me up big time. i have a lot of external stress and anxiety already and bringing training might make things extremely worst? if this is true, idk what to do. i love to weight train and dropping this will become a nightmare lol. i had to take tylennol because i felt mentally burnout.


    people say it haves benefits, but dang i have a hard day when i lift.


    i reduced intensity, but still feel bad.


    i want to do some type of training that makes me more muscular if i need to drop it.
     
  2. JanAtheCPA

    JanAtheCPA Beloved Grand Eagle

    Does the term "exercise anxiety" resonate with you?

    It took me a long time to admit it, but I have always had fear around exercise. Admitting it allows me now to push through it, but I tell you, it still rears its head sometimes when my trainer pushes me to do more than I'm comfortable with. The difference is that now I know that it's only that - my self-imposed comfort level. Which is why I pay a trainer every week - to push me - because I know that I will not do it myself.

    Mind you, I'm female and 68, so the type of training I engage in is pretty tame (and focused on bone health) but I still get anxious and fearful whenever she wants me to, say, do a deadlift with 45+ pounds, or to push the sled when it has two 45-lb weights added to whatever it already weighs! She made me do that yesterday, and about halfway through the second length of the gym (which ain't much) I could feel the fear bubbling up - and yes, it was a physical sensation. But I just stopped very briefly, took a couple of deep breaths, told myself to get over it, and finished up.

    Doing this work successfully means recognizing the fear messages, and calling bullshit on them.
     
  3. stevow7

    stevow7 Well known member

    hello! it’s more about feeling wayy tired mentally and physically after training and the days after training. sometimes the anxiety and depression gets worst after training.
     
  4. s.jp67

    s.jp67 New Member

    I have never heard of exercise causing those types issues, especially from only an hour of training. Studies have shown that exercise in the long run reduces anxiety and depression and helps with sleep. What is happening to you is what happens to other people with TMS. You have created the belief that the exercise causes an increase in symptoms and you have conditioned your brain to react in a way that actually creates those symptoms when you live out the scenario. It is just like the person who gets really bad back pain when they sit in a certain way or move in a certain way even though there is nothing wrong with their back.

    I would recommend that you continue to go to the gym regardless of the symptoms you face. Maybe you will continue to face more symptoms and that's ok, just accept them and don't let them stop you from doing what you want to do. Eventually you should be able to uncondition your brain and begin to feel the real scientific benefits that exercise brings mentally and physically.
     
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