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What is the effect of caffeine on anxiety and panic attacks?

Category: Anxiety 4 years ago
Ninahartl
Asked 4 years ago

Caffeine aggravates anxiety and panic attacks, a little caffeine is good to start the day, its the excessive caffeine that is bad for you. So if you get panic attacks or anxiety attacks, but on the coffee, or drink decaffeinated coffee.
Helen
Answered 4 years ago
Helen

Its relevant to the amount of coffee.. a couple of cups a day will not affect your anxiety, but 5 to 6 will..
Hayamz
Answered 4 years ago
Hayamz

Id rather you cut down on coffee than using decaffeinated coffee,because the chemicals used to decaffeinate the coffee can effect your anxiety and panic attacks.
Hayamz
Answered 4 years ago
Hayamz

So as always. moderation is the key to everything nina, don't drink too much coffee or decaffeinated , just drink normal coffee but with moderation, and it shouldn't effect you.
Harry
Answered 4 years ago
Harry

We need to be more aware that caffeine causes/exacerbates anxiety and other mental health condition. Just read the 170+ pages of comments of people trying to get off caffeine here; http://coffeefaq.com/site/node/11 And the research referenced here; http://caffeineevaluation.blogspot.co.uk/ Many people feel they cannot 'get going' in the morning without caffeine; in reality they are just experiencing withdrawal from not having ingested any over the previous hours. A key point is the research showing anxiety sufferers can be very sensitive to caffeine; some people think 'it can't be the caffeine, I only have 1 cup a day', but for them that could be the key issue in their anxiety. Withdrawal is not easy (especially first 2 weeks, when anxiety actually goes up), but is possible. How about cutting all caffeine for 30 days and seeing how you feel? Like this lady here is doing; http://stopcaffeine.blogspot.co.uk/
JohnC
Answered 3 years ago
JohnC

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