Symptoms of too much cortisol can include:
- Weight loss or weight gain (especially around the face and abdomen)
- Purplish skin stretch marks or skin that's easily bruised.
- Muscle weakness.
- Depression, anxiety, fatigue, and sleep disturbances.
- In women, excess facial and body hair and/or irregular periods.
Subsequently, one may also ask, what releases adrenaline?
When adrenaline is released, it signals the brain to redirect energy and blood from the internal organs to the muscles to prepare to fight or flee. Adrenaline causes an increased heart rate, high blood pressure and rapid, shallow respiration. The body temperature will increase and cause sweating.
How is adrenaline triggered?
Adrenaline is released mainly through the activation of nerves connected to the adrenal glands, which trigger the secretion of adrenaline and thus increase the levels of adrenaline in the blood. This process happens relatively quickly, within 2 to 3 minutes of the stressful event being encountered.
How long does it take for adrenaline to wear off?
The fight or flight process takes 20 minutes. You will need a 20 minute respite to completely calm down physiologically! If the stressful situation remains, your heart rate will remain elevated, and your body will pump out adrenaline and your thinking will be clouded.