How can I know if I have Exhaustion?


Exhaustion syndrome, also called burnout and exhaustion depression, leaves objectively measurable changes in the brain -- including reduced activity in the frontal lobes and altered regulation of the stress hormone cortisol. This is shown in a new dissertation from Umeå University in Sweden.

Certain personality traits heighten susceptibility to psychiatric disorders. Therefore a research team at Umeå University wanted to study whether this patient group had any susceptibility factors that could explain the development of their disorder. The patient group is distinguished by being anxious and pessimistic, with a weak sense of self, which is common in many psychiatric disorders. What was special about this group was that they stood out as persistent, ambitious, and pedantic individuals.

Being ambitious, fastidious, and overachieving also appears to make a person more prone to exhaustion syndrome. According to Agneta Sandström's dissertation, individuals with exhaustion syndrome demonstrate impaired memory and attention capacity as well as reduced brain activity in parts of the frontal lobes. Regulation of the stress hormone cortisol is also impacted in the group, with altered sensitivity in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA axis).


Exhaustion syndrome has eight official symptoms, plus the central symptom that gives the condition its name:
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of memory or concentration
  • Sore throat
  • Enlarged lymph nodes in your neck or armpits
  • Unexplained muscle pain
  • Pain that moves from one joint to another without swelling or redness
  • Headache of a new type, pattern or severity
  • Unrefreshing sleep
  • Extreme exhaustion lasting more than 24 hours after physical or mental exercise

How can I know if I have Exhaustion?

Fatigue can be a symptom of many illnesses, such as infections or psychological disorders. In general, if you have persistent or excessive fatigue.

Ayurvedic Cure

Here are some Ayurvedic remedies for Exhaustion:
  • Ashwagandha or Withania Somnifera can very effectively solve problems like manic depression, anxiety disorders, mood phobias etc. Nowadaysashwagandha capsules are available. You are to take four capsules per day for best results.
  • Brahmi or Bacopa monnieri is a nervine tonic that enhances mental ability. It is high in anti-anxiety agents that calm and soothe the mind.
  • The pleasing odour from cardamom calms down raging emotions and depression strucks the mind. A cup of cardamom tea has a great healing effect when the mind is restless.
  • Jatamanshi eliminates depressive and negative thoughts. It canalises the mind towards positivism and calms the mind.
  • Guggulu or Commiphora Wightii contains a special mind calming chemical called guggulsterones. This chemical can effectively cure depression.
  • Turmeric or Curcuma Longa can treat depression caused due to seasonal changes.
  • A combination of 1/8th teaspoon of nutmeg powder and amla juice can light up the spirits.
  • Rose petals immersed in lukewarm water is an effective mood enlivening tonic.

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