Adrenal Burnout is a definite sign that stress is winning the battle. It is a sure sign your amygdalae are over-reacting to just about everything in your life or, perhaps, just to a particular situation that has been going on for far too long. To say you are overwhelmed may be a drastic understatement at this point.
Are you just sick and tired of being 'sick and tired' or could it be something more serious?
Symptoms of Adrenal Burnout, also referred to as Adrenal Exhaustion, include the following symptoms.
Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)/Sensitivity to noise
Easy startle response
In extreme cases, Adrenal Burnout Syndrome can lead to Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Heart Disease, Cancer. Cushing's or Addison's Disease. However, if you catch Adrenal Burnout in time, it can be reversed.
Adrenal Gland 101
The adrenal glands sit atop of your kidneys and are about the size of a walnut. These two glands are the manufacturing and control centers for a variety of hormones, such as DHEA and Cortisol. Adrenaline is pumped out every time you feel threatened emotionally or physically, consciously or subconsciously. This threat can be, either, real or perceived.
The adrenals are not designed for the persistent, episodic or chronic physical or emotional stress. When the adrenals are taxed they eventually stop producing optimal levels of certain hormones and you'll begin to age faster.
Cortisol is one of the hormones the adrenal glands pump out whenever you feel threatened or stresed. Cortisol’s purpose is to offset the effects of mental and physical stress. The adrenals produce cortisol in a healthy manner, until long-term stress or trauma causes cortisol levels to remain elevated. Eventually, cortisol levels will decrease from prolonged stimulation to a level that is way too low. This is adrenal burnout or exhaustion.
Possible Causes of Adrenal Burnout
Poor sleep is the number one cause of Adrenal Burnout, but anyone can suffer from Adrenal Burnout Syndrome, but Highly Sensitive People may tend to be more inclined toward burnout, due to having a highly sensitive nervous system from birth.
Your lifestyle, including your diet, exercise and sleep (or lack of) and your relationships, and lack of a positive support network play a huge role in Adrenal Burnout Syndrome.
Pressures on the job, feeling a lack of purpose in life or a disconnection to a higher power all create stress, which triggers an adrenal response.
Modern day technology has affected diet and lifestyle to the point where your body is continually affronted by toxic chemicals, pollution, EMFs (electromagnetic frequencies), loud noise, bright lights, frequent motion and food additives. These things cause the mind, body and spirit real stress, even though we may think we have learned to live with them and even ignore them.
Spiritual/Psychological causes of Adrenal Burnout Syndrome: Thought imbalance. Self-defeating or crushing messages that you believe. Feeling overpowered. You've been treading deep water for too long and are exhausted. Not loving yourself enough.
The amygdalae are two, small organs in the brain the ancient parts of the brain that I, whimsically, refer to as your inner fish.
Your inner fish are responsible for storing every memory of every fear you have ever had and ever will have and processing emotions and pick up on thoughts and feelings you may not even be aware of.
Whenever you perceive a threat (real or imagined) the amygdalae respond by sending messages to your sympathetic nervous system to release hormones like adrenaline and cortisol to prepare you for the fight or flight response. This response is triggered more frequently in Highly Sensitive People and can lead to burnout.
When Being Highly Sensitive Hurts the Highly Sensitive Person
Natural remedies and alternative therapies are included in this e-book for the following symptoms and syndromes: