Can Adrenal Fatigue Makes You Depressed?

Do you ever feel depressed for an unknown reason? It’s like a tedious fatigue settles in your mind and body and you just feel blah. This becomes annoying because it seems everything is doing well and you just don’t know why you’re upset. Day becomes long and you can’t find the willpower to up your emotion and feel alright.

Well, this may be a sign that your adrenal levels are down. You need adrenalin in sufficient amounts to feel okay and energized. So really, adrenalin is your precious gift! Adrenalin is produced in your adrenal glands which affect your brain and nervous system.

Adrenal gland has two major parts. We will focus on the center part though. It is called the adrenal medulla which it manufactures adrenalin. This is then carried into the bloodstream to all others parts of the body. The adrenal gland produces and secretes this hormone continually to regulate the heart rate and blood pressure. If your adrenals are not producing enough adrenalin levels, you will feel depressed and/or fatigued.

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Symptoms of underactive adrenal glands

There are a number of signs and symptoms you can observe when your adrenals are not acting well. These are as follows:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Dizziness and lightheadedness
  • Excess inflammation anywhere in the body which may manifest as fibromyalgia, or other painful conditions
  • Extreme fatigue, often worse in the mornings
  • Low blood pressure

Testing adrenal function

It is actually easy to check for your adrenal gland function. DHEA is a blood test to measure the cortisol levels in the morning and evening. If cortisol levels are below normal range, another specialized test is performed to diagnose adrenal failure. If cortisol levels are within the normal but are at the lower limit of normal, we can diagnose adrenal malfunction. Adrenal malfunction needs to monitored as this can lead to adrenal failure.

Causes of adrenal malfunction

  • Aging
  • Chronic stress
  • Chronic insomnia
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Hardening of the arteries

Adrenal gland dysfunction (mild to moderate degree) is more common than adrenal gland failure; however, it’s still crippling if left untreated.

Supplements you can take to boost adrenal gland function

  • Magnesium 200 to 400mg daily
  • Tyrosine tablets/powder 500mg tablets, 2 twice daily
  • Vitamin C 2,000mg daily

If you are concerned about adrenal fatigue or have other health inquiries, book your intro consult today with Dr. St Jean: