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Caffeine and anxiety etc

Nutmeg

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Oddly, I find a cup of coffee often helps me snap out of rumination, and helps me to get my thoughts in a more realistic order. (I don’t have a huge caffeine intake, possibly one cup of coffee and a tea per day at most, and I don’t drink any of those energy type drinks)

Does anyone else find this happens? Or does anyone know why it may be that this happens?

We’re always warned that caffeine isn’t always good for people with anxiety disorders, so I find this observation of my own reaction to it quite interesting.
 

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Caffeine is a stimulant. Could be that little boost you need to get motivated?
 

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Caffeine is a stimulant. Could be that little boost you need to get motivated?
Yes, perhaps the boost helps me catch up with my speeding thoughts and straighten them out logically!
 

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I talked to my Dr. about the drinking coffee thing and he said "it doesn't help your situation"
 

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I think caffeine works differently on people. it is a known stimulant. For me, it makes me irritable and tense and turns me into a motor mouth. I know other people who are never bothered by it. I think in the case of anxiety, one just needs to be aware of the effects and adjust their intake if it interferes with their mental state. Kind of a “ know thy self” thing.
 

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Caffeine most definitely is not good for me….have a history of high blood pressure and basically 24-7 anxiety. But I cannot function without it plus I actually enjoy the taste of coffee. Have at least cut down on the soda though. There is no way I could go cold turkey or stop it all together…migraines would be nightmarish and probably my anxiety will be even worse. Do kind of wish I could though because I am way too anxious most of the time,
 

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Caffeine most definitely is not good for me….have a history of high blood pressure and basically 24-7 anxiety. But I cannot function without it plus I actually enjoy the taste of coffee. Have at least cut down on the soda though. There is no way I could go cold turkey or stop it all together…migraines would be nightmarish and probably my anxiety will be even worse. Do kind of wish I could though because I am way too anxious most of the time,
You are describing me! But I recognized the effects caffeine had on me and my choice was to switch for my own good. Wasn’t easy, but it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I think the hardest was the flavor. It’s like switching from regular soda to sugar free, getting used to the taste.
 
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