The concept of adrenal fatigue or adrenal exhaustion is highly controversial. However, it continues to attract much media attention and there are scores of websites and books dedicated to the subject of adrenal fatigue. There is much debate as to whether many of the signs and symptoms attributed to adrenal fatigue syndrome may not be due to other known medical conditions. Itt is not uncommon for many people to “self diagnose” themselves as having this condition leading to the belief that it prevalent.
The hype around adrenal fatigue detracts from the proper diagnosis of established medical conditions associated with adrenal underactivity or conditions that causes similar clinical features. This includes conditions like depression, diabetes mellitus and thyroid disorders.