I abused caffeine supplements for three years in high school before burning out entirely and being forced to switch to antidepressants after the crash. During those three years I had a wild home life, I played 3 sports, got little sleep, and demanded straight A's of myself. Not recommended.
With a highly controlled schedule of nutrition and exercise and sleep, with various supplements like L-Tyrosine and Wellbutrin and finally Piracetam, I seemed to recover rather well...
But that only lasted a few months, and then following a series of stressful events, I was back to square one.
Whatever damage I did to my adrenals over the past 5-7 years has obviously not been undone: I am irritable, I don't sleep well, I'm constantly fighting brain fog, I crave refined carbs, salts, and sugars, I recover from exercise ridiculously slowly despite proper nutrition and otherwise being in good shape, I'm in and out of depression... the list goes on. Not pleasant.
Right now I'm taking pregnenolone, dhea, tribulus terrestrius, ashwagandha, panax ginseng, bacopa, a multivitamin, fish oil, magnesium, phosphatidyl serine, and GABA...
I try to do all the right things... not staying up late (very difficult to pass up social opportunities as a college student, but I do it in the hopes of feeling better), avoiding sugar, grease, refined carbs, high glycemic food, etc.
....but I still have no energy, I'm plagued by stress, and it's a good day when I can concentrate well on my work. There has to be a better way.
I'm not even sure whether I have too MUCH cortisol or too LITTLE; or if focusing on cortisol is the wrong approach. I know that I should have some tests done, but I am so low on money right now and my doctor doesn't seem to like ordering them anyways. Help a kid out.