How Adrenal Stress Is Associated With Mood Disorders and Anxiety: The "Fight or Flight Response"

  • The adrenal glands are extremely important in helping the body deal with stress: be it day-to-day stress or trauma related to stress. A popular phrase that is associated with the adrenal glands is "fight or flight response."

    This simply means that the body is prepared to move, jump, defend, exert, or retreat and run away from any and all situations that seem stressful.

    There are certain hormones and chemical messengers that are excreted from these small glands that sit atop our kidneys. These chemical messengers and hormones are important to our survival.

    However, an over-production of them can cause the body to become anxious and agitated.

    When the body is anxious and agitated, the fight or flight response from the adrenal glands is heightened.  

    For some people, every thought that carries a sense of danger will cause a fight or flight chemical reaction in their body.  This reaction can be triggered from a perceived fear or a real life circumstance of dancer.  

    In a person whose adrenals are overworked or depleted, real and perceived danger can carry the same intensity of fear and can trigger the response to either run away or stand and defend. The constant onslaught of these fears can create episodes of 
  • PANIC
  • ANXIETY
  • DEPRESSION
  • SLEEPLESSNESS
  • RESTLESSNES
  • MANIC EPISODES
  • INAPPROPRIATE ACTIONS
  • HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
  • RACING PULSE
  • INABILIT TO DIGEST FOOD PROPERLY
  • OVERALL FATIGUE
  • OVERWHELM

  • The adrenals are the most over-looked glands of the body in my opinion. It has become even more imperative that we begin a more preventative approach to supporting the very glands that keep us stable during times of stress.  Because of the lack of education and information regarding these important glands, I feel our society has become increasingly dependent on prescriptin medications for those who find daily life diccult.  Supporting the adrenal glands while at the same time calming the excessive brain neuron firing, to ward off th fight or flight response, was the sole purpose in the creation of this supplement.

  • Maria Boldy, N.D. , Formulator of Settle Down.