One of the most frequent problems faced by those suffering from adrenal fatigue is how to deal with the need or possible need for antidepressants if it is administered by their doctor. This is Dr.Lam, founder of DrLam.com. In this video, we will see what really happens with people who complain to their doctor about fatigue.
Now, usually, the doctor will do a complete medical examination, make sure there is no anemia, make sure there are no thyroid problems and, if necessary, prescribe medicines to stimulate the body and give it more energy. This may include thyroid replacement, replacement of bioidentical hormones, and other hormones such as testosterone. Now, if adrenal fatigue is present and these interventions are not really doing their job, and fatigue continues, doctors will often resort to the use of antidepressants. Well why?
Now most people with adrenal fatigue already have a low state of energy and low vitality. If you try to stimulate the body to give more energy, and it works for some people and that is fine, but in the long term many people will feel more frustrated because these medications simply do not solve the problem in the bud. As a result, the body continues to decelerate, and sleep becomes a problem, appetite becomes problematic, gastrointestinal disturbances become exaggerated, etc., etc., and brain fog may worsen.
Now, if you complain enough with your doctors, the doctor will have no choice but to do something and many times you will be given sleeping pills and antidepressants. Now, many people come to us facing this dilemma. Should you take antidepressants or not? Of course, you should always listen to your doctor because in fact if there are strong components of depression within your adrenal fatigue, you should solve that problem. The problem becomes even more interesting because many of these people who embark on an antidepressant will not really improve. In other words, even with antidepressants on board, they do not feel significantly improved in terms of energy and fatigue.
Now, sleep can be improved because antidepressants tend to help people slow down and then help them sleep. But the depression itself tends to remain. The question is why? Now we always have to ask why. Now we always have to ask why, because if we do not ask, then the tendency is just to say well, the dose of antidepressant is not strong enough and we get more. And many times this is true. Doctors in their best intentions will give more antidepressant because the symptoms refuses to disappear.
Now, in the case of adrenal fatigue, when the body is slowing down, fatigue and antisocial feeling, and the feeling of not having the energy to be in active mode, insomnia, are also part of the clinical picture. So there is a tremendous overlap, so for a doctor who is not astute aware of adrenal fatigue, then the body is basically telling the clinician, given the symptoms, to basically prescribe antidepressants.
Now, if a person is really depressed due to neurotransmitter problems, as well as cognitive impairment, then antidepressants will do a great job and their use is very good. However, if there is a strong adrenal component, many will find that this really does not help much and, in fact, many will feel worse.
Now, the problem gets worse if after a while the antidepressant stops working or works for a while and gets worse and can not go down, because once it goes down you can get a rebound, especially if it's too fast. So, there are many problems associated with these medications that, if used properly, can be beneficial, but in the case of the antidepressant used during adrenal fatigue and not helping, it is actually an alert that, in fact, antidepressants may not be the best option The best option and the best route to overcome the symptoms and one of the key symptoms, therefore, is that antidepressants do not work. When you have this situation, think about adrenal fatigue.
Those of you who are interested in learning more about this subject can get my mini book called "Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome Psychology", as well as one called "Central Nervous System Interruptions and Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome".
Video credits to DrLam.com YouTube channel