I have OCD (think MONK) and have read that the adrenal glands have something to do with OCD. This make sense as to why I obsess over things at times when my symptoms are worse. I also at times have to stop reading about my illness because the negativity of it gets "stuck" in my brain. Like Brain Lock or something.
I'm thinking about taking an SSRI but I'm scared it's going to affect me in a negative way because of my adrenals.
Is anyone on here noticing more obsessive thoughts with this illness and is anyone on meds?
I definitely feel part "OCD," especially with things from my past...maybe it's just that the body is stuck in a pattern of overstimulation with AF, and the brain has to follow? It's like the brain can't slow down, right?
I don't know if I'd call it OCD though...from my understanding, OCD is a condition where people are ritualistic to a paralyzing degree...to keep themselves from losing their mind.
What I have with AF is just continual, circular thinking about the past and some traumatic events/crummy situations.
People can exhibit OCD behaviour to varying degrees, and there are many causes of this, and adrenal fatigue is one of them. OCD behaviour can occur with conditions such as Aspergers syndrome, and other forms of Autism. These behaviours are often exaggerated at times of anxiety and stressful situations, so there is definitely an adrenal connection.
OCD can result from irrational fears, such as a fear of germs, a fear of something terrible happening if the person doesn't perform the rituals to prevent it, a fear of losing control, which can extend to many areas of the persons life.
Many OCD behaviours result from trauma, and can be very debilitating. Supporting the adrenals is a way of lessening the stress reaction, and anxiety, which in turn will lessen the severity of the OCD behaviour.
Yes, I am ocd too, it has to do with mood and attention. Think about it, adderall is used to increase peoples attention but it is a stimulant. When you have af, your body doesnt produce enough cortisol to counteract norepinephrine, so you are always in a wired focused state, even though you may have brain fog. Basically, having adrenal fatigue is the shittiest way to live you life.
To add more, I have noticed that I am very slow to process things. It is extremely hard to meet new people because you need to have a high degree of attentiveness, awareness,focus, and quick thinking to talk to people you don't know. I hate meeting new people, they think I am such a dull person because it is hard for me to have any personality when I am just trying to focus as hard as I can to know who you are.
The positive is that when things are put in front of me to read I can get super ocd and slowly digest everything. I took a couple classes this summer because I wanted to take prerequisites for physical therapy school (I have abandoned that idea and will just use my business degree I already have to get a job and make $$$ when I am healthy enough to get a job). Anyway, in the classes I took I got A's and basically got the best %'s on the tests I have ever gotten because I could just spend all day obsessing about information.
It was something that I never had in my personality except for when a deadline was approaching. With adrenal fatigue, it felt like I was in that state all the time, not just for the 24 hours leading up to a test.