Published on July 1, 2018 Carolyn Candido
Everyone has heard of adrenaline, also known as epinephrine, it’s a hormone secreted by the adrenals during times of stress, such as performing in front of an audience or giving a presentation. A little adrenaline doesn’t hurt when you are studying for a big exam because it increases alertness and can improve memory consolidation. That’s why ADHD drugs such as Adderall are so effective, it increases the activity of neurotransmitters such as dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine.
Some people thrive on adrenaline, such as adrenaline junkies who engage in risky sports or behavior. You might be an adrenaline junkie and not even realize it because you have been under chronic stress, only now your adrenals are not able to keep up with the demand. I have many clients who thrived on adrenaline when they were younger, they were successful in their careers, worked out 5 days a week, and were able to function on very little sleep, then all of sudden hit a wall in their 30s or 40s and they barely have enough energy for work let alone a workout. They come into my office asking for Adderall because they think they have ADHD.
I prefer to address the root cause of fatigue, instead of putting a bandaid on it. That’s why I perform functional medicine testing, I can measure the cortisol (stress hormone) in your saliva, and see how it affects the neurotransmitters (such has epinephrine, serotonin, dopamine) in the urine. After I analyze your lab results, I can create an custom compounded cream that can help you get off of your antidepressants or Adderall, so you don’t have to depend on pharmaceuticals for the rest of your life. If you want to start thriving instead of just surviving, book a free 10 minute consultation with me today.