Our expert says:
What an interesting question, Rose ! Here are my thoughts. Cortisol has a number of possible side-effects, which can include cheerfulness, optimism and generally feeling well. That's nice. If this was a reliable effect, without other more unpleasant and troublesome side-effects, we might recommend it. But it can also cause a range of problems : too much cheerfulness, euphoria, even mania ; or anxiety ; or depression and apathy ; or even psychosis, with hallucinations and delusions. So it's not the blessing it might be. However the fact that you have found this beneficial impact on you suggests that you may over the years have developed a depression, which can complicate life in the ways you have described, and you might be likely to respond well to proper treatment for the depression, either with antidepressant drugs or with specific forms of counselling such as CBT (Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ) or both.
Your experience shows that you can feel happy and contented, and using these other ways of achieving this, would produce a result more likely to be stable and lasting .
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