My step-daughter is 12 years old. She is on anti-depressants, has lost all motivation, and sleeps all the time.


Q: My step-daughter is 12 years old. She is on anti-depressants, has lost all motivation, and sleeps all the time. She also complains of headaches, which the doctors can find no known cause, and of muscle and joint pains. I know she is entering her teenage years but this is abnormal for her. Her mother left when she was very young and she had a much stressed childhood. Is it possible that she could be suffering from Adrenal Fatigue?

A: Stress at a young age can be a major contributor to adrenal fatigue. This is primarily due to the dysregulation of the many anti-stress hormones. Symptoms can include blood sugar imbalance, immune system weakness, and insomnia. The adrenal glands are the major stress control center of the body. This can be overwhelmed with emotional or physical stress, leading to adrenal crashes. Unfortunately most of us live in a stressful environment or have a stressful lifestyle. That is why ensuring healthy adrenal function is important.
Pain or stiffness is a signal from the body that something is wrong. It is one of the few ways the body knows to communicate with us. Taking pain medication can dull this communication channel, and as a result, you may not hear the body’s signal, thus likely to overdo things, causing more damage, and not even know it. I rather you pay more attention to your body and see a doctor as needed for your ultimate benefit.
Unfortunately, we are seeing an alarming rate of AFS sufferers starting in their teens. If her doctor give her a clean bill of health and she is still symptomatic, it’s good to look outside the box and consider Adrenal Fatigue.