Now that you have a very basic understanding of where excess adrenaline comes from, let us start exploring its consequences. I will start with depression.
Please understand this is not a medical textbook that explores all the ramifications and characteristics of the diseases I will be mentioning. For our purposes, that will not be necessary.
Simply put, there are basically two types of depression – endogenous and reactive. A reactive depression is related to some event that has affected your life – death of a relative, loss of a job, financial problems, health problems in a loved one (including a pet), etc. An endogenous depression comes from within – you’re depressed but you don’t know why. I feel that internalization of anger is perhaps the most common cause for an endogenous depression. I suspect that excessive adrenaline levels are the most common cause of anger problems. In other words, it is my belief that excess adrenaline is the number one cause of endogenous depression. Except in rare instances, I have successfully weaned antidepressant medications from many hundreds of patients just by lowering adrenaline levels.
One of my goals for the reader of my blogs is to recognize how adrenaline may be affecting their life, or the life of someone they know, and eventually to have a better understanding of how to lower excess levels.
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