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The majority of adults experience some form of Adrenal Fatigue during their lifetime,
yet it remains one of the most non-recognized conditions in the world today.
~ Marcelle Pick, Is It Me or My Adrenals?

Adrenal fatigue is an excellent example of how little we understand about the root causes of stress, how it impacts us, and what we can do to help ourselves be more effective at dealing with it.

These are some of the signs that your adrenals may be out of whack.

  • You’re always active and feel “wired.” Your system is constantly fueled by adrenaline and cortisol to create what feels like a continual state of hyper-energy. Yet you often feel drained.
  • You can’t get up in the morning — but you can’t sleep at night. Your natural 24-cycle of energy and relaxation is off-balance. If you’re able to fall asleep, you may wake up in the middle of the night fully alert.
  • You have no energy — period. You feel exhausted all the time. Even getting out of bed often feels like a challenge. You may also experience intense cravings and unexplained weight gain.


Let’s take the simple example of the General Adaptive Syndrome and look at some typical patterns.

This first pattern is one in which a woman is able to maintain the resistance phase much of  her life. She is typically born with strong adrenals. This type of person is becoming increasingly rare. Notice that at some point another major stress event can send her into adrenal fatigue.

pattern 1







The second pattern is that of a woman who experiences a major event and attempts to keep going without allowing time for rest and rejuvenation. This pattern is often the case with unresolved grief.

pattern 2







The third pattern is one in which a woman experiences a major event followed by a series of additional major events.

pattern 3







The fourth pattern is the do it all alone, perfectionist pattern, without any additional major events. There is a slow slow slide into fatigue as her battery finally runs out.

pattern 4








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