Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome is a phrase used to describe a collection of symptoms including profound fatigue, difficulty getting up in the morning despite adequate sleep and a feeling of being overwhelmed. It is thought to occur after periods of chronic stress (eg. poverty) or one significant stressor (eg. loss of life partner). It is also thought to occur after a long period of chronic disease (eg. diabetes or cancer). The prolonged stress is said to lead to under-performing adrenal glands.
It is not yet recognised within mainstream medicine as a medical condition as the symptoms are often attributed to other factors such as pregnancy, menopause, depression and sleep disorders.
Despite this there are many people who feel that this diagnosis fits and that treating this condition has helped them live their best life.
Want to know if you are experiencing adrenal fatigue? Here is Dr Wilson's Adrenal Fatigue Questionnaire.
There are also two self administered tests that are said to diagnose AFS: the Saliva Cortisol test and the Iris Contraction test. The first test is rated more reliable than the second. Discuss these further with your doctor/pharmacist/wellness practitioner.