Stress is caused by any kind of 'assault' on your body or mind. This stress can be real or imagined. In other words, it is your perception of events that could increase your risk of developing adrenal fatigue symptoms. (You might have search for 'adrenal gland symptoms', but it's likely that this page on adrenal fatigue will give you the info you're looking for.)
It's useful for you to know what can put pressure on your adrenal glands to perform. You'll find lots of contributing factors listed on my page about the biggest causes of stress (see links further down).
In addition to those, the list below shows other kinds of stresses that can add to your chances of developing symptoms of adrenal fatigue.
You're unlikely to be surprised by some of the points in the following list, but others will doubtless set you thinking. You may find it hard to think of some of them as damaging and possibly contributing to adrenal fatigue symptoms.
However, we have a body and mind designed for life as it was many thousands of years ago. Once you take that into consideration, you'll find it easier to see what potential harm your body is exposed to every day...
If you're suffering from mental or physical health problems, please do not attempt to self-diagnose based on the information on these pages. I have provided the information for you to start your journey to better health and well-being, taking responsibility for your own decisions, based on your own research.
Please consult your health-care provider/physician to discuss the information I have provided.
Adrenal insufficiency and fatigue is said to occur when the ability of your adrenal glands to respond efficiently and effortlessly does not match the demands. It was Dr James Wilson (see links) who first coined the phrase adrenal fatigue syndrome. Here is a quote from Dr Wilson's website:
"In short, adrenal fatigue occurs when the amount of stress or combined stresses over-extend the capacity of the body (mediated by the adrenals) to compensate for and recover from that stress. Once this capacity to cope and recover is exceeded, some form of adrenal fatigue is likely to occur."
- Dr James Wilson
It is thought that the symptoms of adrenal fatigue appear when your adrenal glands are no longer able to recover fully from the demands made on them.
This leads to suboptimal adrenal performance. To help you understand more about how the adrenal glands work, I can recommend Dr Mercola's page on understanding adrenal function (see links).
Please note though, that these symptoms can also mean a whole host of other problems. You will need to a qualified and sympathetic medical practitioner to help you figure out what is really going on for you.
This list of adrenal fatigue symptoms is by no means exhaustive. However, it gives a real insight into the huge role your adrenal glands play in your body and mind. Adrenal fatigue syndrome therefore requires active management. Part 3 of this series will tell you all about adrenal fatigue treatment.
However, I do want to point out that adrenal fatigue syndrome is not necessarily recognised by the medical establishment. From my point of view - I'd ideally want you to consult your doctor if you're suffering from any symptoms of adrenal fatigue, as they may be signs of another serious health condition.
When you're suffering from adrenal fatigue syndrome, your capacity to deal with what others may call 'normal', day-to-day activities is severely challenged. Any 'ordinary' demands from your loved ones, from work, from friends - regardless of how 'enjoyable' or 'simple' they may seem - all feel too much. Particularly stressful events or stressful periods of time appear even more insurmountable. It's utterly frustrating when you're used to living life to the full. You feel irritable, tired and generally 'under the weather'.
Your bed is your sanctuary, but rest doesn't appear to lead to recovery and you feel exhausted even on waking. It's become impossible for you to meet your essential emotional needs. No wonder then, that you start to feel depressed and you're desperate to get back in control.
Your relationship or marriage is likely to suffer, as the dynamics between the two of you will have changed - with you having become increasingly dependent on your partner.
If you think you're suffering from adrenal fatigue symptoms, see it as a warning that it's time to slow down - at the very least!
Ways to Manage Stress
The Human Givens
Natural Depression Treatments
Dealing with Criticism
Effects of Sleep Deprivation
Managing Stress in the Workplace
Tips to Relieve Stress