No, not cocaine, not marijuana, we are talking about caffeine. This is the most used, and perhaps abused drug in America. While there are seemingly noticeable positive effects from the use of caffeine there are drawbacks too.
Like any other drug, you can become addicted to caffeine. Even the DSM-V, used to diagnose mental disorders, recognizes caffeine intoxication, dependence, and withdrawal. When your brain is so used to having caffeine, the lack of it can cause headaches, lack of concentration, and even depression. Due to caffeine's natural stimulant effects - this can be harmful to those suffering from anxiety.
When considering your overall metal health wellness and physical health, you should know that caffeine has an effect on your digestion and metabolism too. It is important is to monitor your intake, educate yourself on both the effects of caffeine and know your own body.
Many counseling professionals suggest looking at your caffeine intake when you are reporting anxiety attacks or chronic stress. The physical effects that caffeine has on the body such as heart palpitations, restlessness, or dehydration, can mimic anxiety. It is also a great idea to consult with your primary care provider regarding your caffeine intake and it's effect on your physical health. Be open and honest regarding your nutrition for them to best help you.
All of our bodies are different, some are more sensitive to caffeine while others tolerate it well. The goal of this is to provide insight into our habits and possibly explain why caffeine can be excessive for us. To read more about caffeine and anxiety correlation check out this article: https://www.psycom.net/anxiety-and-caffeine
To talk to a life counselor in Orlando about your anxiety or how to find healthier coping techniques contact the author of this article, Mallory Hawkes at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our goal is to help promote better coping, wellness and support for our clients.
Heather Oller is a licensed Orlando therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching & Counseling who specializes in counseling Orlando couples, individuals, and families who are seeking changes in their lives. She has been a mental health professional for over 17 years and is a practicing Orlando counselor that specializes in conflict resolution for couples. You can contact her for an appointment or call 407-592-8997 for more information.