Is 'adrenal fatigue' contributing to your anxiety?
Written by listed counsellor/psychotherapist: Lou Campbell Affordable Psychotherapy PDip MBACP
18th March, 20150 Comments
The adrenal system is a part of the body which produces many hormones, including the stress hormone "cortisol". The release of cortisol into our bodies helps to manage our ability to cope with stress and stressful situations.
But if you suffer from chronic stress over a sustained period of time, something the body is not designed to cope with, the adrenal system eventually becomes fatigued or even exhausted. The symptoms of adrenal fatigue include increased feelings of anxiety, tiredness, brain fog, irritability, dizziness, susceptibility to catching colds and flu, and in more serious cases the onset of auto-immune disease. There are other symptoms too, but these are some of the main ones.
Adrenal fatigue creates a catch-22 situation, where the symptoms of the fatigue create further stress which the body has become ill-equipped to deal with.
Traditional medicine is way behind the curve in dealing with adrenal fatigue and many GP's frequently prescribe anti-anxiety or anti-depressant medication for patients presenting with anxiety and generalised anxiety disorder, and the medication simply masks the problem or makes no difference at all.
The good news is that a multi-faceted approach to anxiety and adrenal fatigue can help sufferers to get well again. A combination of talking therapy to address the underlying cause of the chronic stress and anxiety, a daily meditation routine, a tailor-made natural treatment protocol and a desire and willingness to remove some of the most stressful elements of your life, can restore your adrenal health and reduce the feelings of overwhelming anxiety.
If you suffer from anxiety or generalised anxiety disorder, consider a therapist who can help you address the adrenal fatigue which may be contributing to your problem.
About the author
Lou Campbell is a Counselling Psychotherapist in private practice, specialising in depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship problems, self-harm, domestic abuse, addictions, childhood abuse, free-floating anger, repeating patterns of behaviour, and convergence between nutrition and psychotherapy.
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