It's definitely not in your mind! Do a search for copper toxicity and it will be like looking in a mirror. I'm still trying to recover from what it did to me and I had it out this past June! The thing is that it can cause a secondary problem in causing your adrenal glands to malfunction. Basically, too much copper can cause them to become fatigued or exhausted while an exhausted adrenal gland can cause you to retain too much copper (due to the liver not functioning correctly due to malfunctioning adrenals, agh!). You might also want to look up adrenal fatigue/exhaustion, especially at drlam.com. I was starting to recover from the copper toxicity when I put myself over the edge with my adrenals by allowing too much stress to continue in my life and it's basically put me in a state of low blood pressure, low blood sugar, dizziness, and horrible fatigue. You don't want to get to where I am! I can't work either right now. I can barely take care of the toddler and the dishes. It's not pretty.
The adrenals, thyroid, and ovary hormones all work together in a perfect synchronicity. Knock one out of the loop and it could mess up the others. I became estrogen dominant due to copper (the two go hand in hand, when one is high, so is the other) and the copper made my already stress-weakened adrenals much worse, which began to pull down my thyroid.
But it's definitely not in your mind. It's the copper. You may also be deficient in zinc (you can get a zinc taste test from the vitamin shoppe to see how deficient you are) but it won't allow you to keep the IUD, I'm afraid. I tried that myself and all it did was prolong the inevitable. Maybe I would have gotten mine out sooner if I wasn't trying to beat all that copper with the zinc. A person who was probably high copper to begin with cannot tolerate an IUD, I'm finding (if you've ever had bouts of depression, anxiety, easily stressed, overemotional episodes or estrogen dominance, you were probably high copper BEFORE the IUD). I have yet to finish my article on the whole copper/zinc thing, but that's because the problem is so expansive and I've been so messed up! The amount of systems that falter due to a single slip in synchronicity is ballooning larger than I ever realized it would.
I didn't even tell my obgyn about the problems I was having with it because I didn't think she'd believe me. I didn't want to hear "IUD doesn't cause that, just try it a few months more." No thanks. I just told her I couldn't take the side effects anymore. I began to feel much better as I got my zinc status up, but as I said, continuing stress and faltering adrenals knocked me back down. It's important to allow yourself to rest and heal while you're trying to detox copper. Also, a lot of authors recommend a lot of different things to get rid of the copper, especially high doses of different vitamins such as C, manganese, molybdenum, alpha lipoic acid, B6, but my advice would be to NOT take huge doses when starting out. I wanted to get it out of my system as soon as I could but because my body was in a state of disrepair, all that did was stir up the toxins with no way to get them out. I don't kid you when I tell you I had a month-long dull headache because of this. Start with low doses and work your way up slowly, as much as you want to be free of this condition as quickly as possible. It's better to take 15-25mg of zinc spread through the day rather than one 50mg dose in the morning, for example. Zinc is also wonderful for copper or adrenal fatigue-induced insomnia, taken before bed. Honestly, I can't sleep without it, and probably won't until my adrenals heal. Diet is also really important. Reducing carbs and eating a low copper diet (I honestly don't miss dark chocolate anymore or even shellfish, but I did at first! White chocolate is okay though, only very trace amounts of copper.) Foods you do eat should have a good zinc to copper ratio (10:1 is best) in order to keep everything balanced. If you are vegetarian, you'll need zinc supplements. The quality of supplement needs consideration too. Chelated zinc is best, mineral ascorbate C rather than the cheap stuff (unfortunate since I can't work), etc.
Zinc deficiency is common, and I found that when my levels were up, I no longer suffered from social anxiety, regular anxiety, depression, or all the other issues that plagued me most of my life. The only time it becomes a problem is during PMS and ovulation, the two high estrogen times of month and hence high copper, but the symptoms have been significantly reduced since cleaning up my diet and getting zinc sufficient.
You could probably get "Why am I always so tired" by Ann Louise Gittleman from the library. It's all about copper toxicity and it's definitely available on amazon. It has information and a plan to correct the problem. The best is the questionnaire to see how bad your problem is. I scored 12 for 12 before I got the IUD out! Drlwilson.com has a huge article on copper toxicity but not too much on how to correct it (since that's a fee based service.) You're also welcome to PM me with any questions. I'm not a doctor, I'm just going through this mess and learned some hard lessons through trial and error.
Ann Louise put out a women's multivitamin free of copper and is designed to keep copper under control. You can get it from unikeyhealth.com but it is pricey. You can compare the ingredients to lesser-price copper-free multiples out there, but I found this one had the best of what I need and it has definitely helped (especially with the estrogen dominance) though I only take half the suggested dose.
Once my article is finished, I'll post it here. I just need to heal first and foremost. Took over 30 years for me to finally learn to really take care of myself and that I wasn't lazy, crazy, and all sorts of labels all these years. It was simply a mineral imbalance. I hope you find your balance soon too!