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In the midst of a tense or stressful situation, the adrenaline hormone will control you to make decisions or do something. Although its role is so important, this hormone can actually be dangerous if the levels are excessive in the body
The hormone adrenaline or also known as epinephrine is produced naturally by the body, specifically the adrenal glands, which are controlled by the pituitary gland in the brain. The release of this hormone will occur when you feel afraid, panicked, stressed, or threatened.
Not only naturally produced by the body, adrenaline can also be produced in the form of drugs that are usually used for several medical conditions, such as:
- Coping with cardiogenic shock and sudden cardiac arrest
- Smooth breathing in asthmatics
- Treat anaphylactic reactions or severe allergic reactions
- Treating sepsis
- Prolongs the duration of action of some anesthetics
However, administration of adrenaline as a treatment must be carried out under the supervision of a doctor so as not to endanger life.
The Effects of Excess Adrenaline in the Body
When the production of adrenaline increases suddenly, the body will undergo several changes and will cause symptoms, such as:
- Excessive sweat
- Heart pounding
- More alert and more focused
- Breath faster
- Blood pressure increases
Usually the symptoms are temporary and will improve when the trigger has been resolved. However, if not addressed and left untreated, this can trigger he alth problems that must be addressed immediately.
The Link Between Stress and Excess Adrenaline
Stress is a condition that can increase the production of adrenaline in the body. The release of these hormones can affect the immune system and the parts of the brain that control mood, fear, motivation, and even the sleep cycle.
Increased production of adrenaline hormones due to short-term stress will encourage someone to make decisions, do something, to solve the problems they face.
The increase in this hormone does not have a negative impact on he alth and will return to normal after the stress trigger is resolved.
However, when adrenaline production continues to increase due to protracted stress, the body is susceptible to various he alth problems, such as headaches, digestive system disorders, weight gain, insomnia, decreased memory and concentration, anxiety, and depression.
Considering the impact of prolonged stress on he alth, it is recommended that you manage stress by trying the following:
- Talk about problems with family members or friends
- Exercise regularly
- Do relaxation techniques, such as breathing exercises and meditation
- Consuming a balanced nutritious diet
- Restricting consumption of alcoholic and caffeinated beverages
- Avoid using mobile devices at least an hour before going to bed
- Enough rest time
- Take time to do things you enjoy or do hobbies
In certain conditions, adrenaline is needed by the body to defend itself. However, if excessive, adrenaline can also cause he alth problems. Therefore, it is important to always maintain a balance of adrenaline in the body.
If you have difficulty managing stress that can trigger an increase in adrenaline or even this condition has interfered with your daily activities, don't hesitate to consult a psychiatrist for proper examination and treatment.