Anxiety Symptoms

Caffeine: Is It Fueling Your Anxieties?


According to research, if you suffer from anxiety then try to skip the 2nd cup of coffee!

A clinical psychologist Dr. Julie Radico, of Penn State Health said that caffeine may assist certain people to concentrate as well as serve as an energy booster. However, she warned that people suffering from general anxiety disorder can experience problems.

Anxiety Symptoms

She stated in a news release, that caffeine must not be seen as the enemy, but she encouraged people to consume caffeine strategically and that they should know the healthy limits. She said that caffeine activates and can imitate or aggravate anxiety symptoms.

Doses low in caffeine are approximately 50 – 200-mg (milligrams). The intake of 400-mg or more at a time may result in feeling anxious & overstimulated. It can bring on symptoms like nausea, abdominal pain or a racing heartbeat.

Although anxiety is a general problem, a lot of patients, as well as their doctors, don’t take caffeine into account as a prospective contributing factor. This is according to the Vice-Chairman, Dr. Matthew Silvis, clinical operations at Penn State Health, family medicine division.

Caffeine and Anxiety

Dr. Silvis stated that they want people to take into consideration if there can possibly be a link between their intake of caffeine and anxiety.

Besides the possibility that caffeine may be a prospective problem for those people suffering from anxiety, it can have a negative interaction with medications prescribed for liver disease, seizure disorders, some heart conditions, thyroid disease or kidney disease, Dr. Silvis said.

Dr. Silvis added that medical issues which a patient may be suffering from anxiety can be aggravated with coffee and it can make it more difficult when it comes to controlling.

As far as the quantity of caffeine is concerned, a cup of coffee brewed at home, has approximately 100-mg, in comparison with a tall 250-mg Starbucks coffee, whilst energy drinks can contain 400-mg.

Mountain Dew or Coca Cola with Caffeine:

Mountain Dew, a can, has 55-mg caffeine, compared to Coca Cola which contains 35-mg. A lot of sports, vitamin or nutritional supplements contain caffeine. However, the majority of people don’t read the labels of such products, Dr. Silvis added.

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