Do you ever feel like life is simply too much to handle? Can another car cutting you off in traffic ruin your whole day? Perhaps you feel like you could “snap” at any moment, and find yourself barking at anyone around you, even those you love. Or you just can’t focus on the task in front of you, no matter how important the deadline is.
Did you know that all of these things, and many other psychological issues, could be a result of adrenal imbalance? So often, when describing symptoms to a health care practitioner, women gloss over or forget to mention the emotional and psychological elements. Sometimes, there are misplaced feelings of shame or embarrassment about these symptoms, but there shouldn’t be. Just like physical symptoms, these mood and emotional issues are signals from your body that something isn’t right. We need to learn to pay attention to these psychological clues as closely as we do the physical ones. They might give us great insight into what we are doing to our bodies – and our peace of mind – when we consistently overwork our adrenal glands.
Psychological Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue
Below are some common complaints women who are suffering from adrenal dysfunction have. Do you recognize yourself in any (or all) of these symptoms?
- You’re irritable and quick to lose your temper.
- You’re prone to road rage or become extremely angry over little things.
- You feel as though you’re constantly on edge, ready to “lose it” at the least little thing.
- You feel listless, depressed, or emotionally numb.
- Your sex drive is low.
- You frequently have nightmares.
- You often feel an overpowering urge to cry.
- You have trouble concentrating or feel mentally foggy.
- You suffer from free-floating anxiety.
- You are easily startled.
- You simply feel stressed all the time.
- Everything seems like a chore.
Explaining the Contradictions
You may have noticed that some of these symptoms seem to contradict one another. How can you be both always on edge and emotionally numb? The truth is, when your hormones are out of balance, moods can swing wildly. And adrenal dysfunction is a progressive condition that moves through successive phases, manifesting in different ways as the condition worsens. So you might feel overwhelmingly sad at one point, extremely angry at another, and too tired to care at yet another point along the way.
It can be terrifying to feel like you have no control over your emotions and thoughts, no ability to focus on what really matters, and no coping skills whatsoever. The good news is, you don’t have to just live with it. Knowing that these feelings could be a sign of adrenal dysfunction allows you an opportunity to take control – one small step at a time.
There are many natural ways to support good adrenal health, and turn these feelings around. For more information, read my other articles in the adrenal health section of my health library.