Can coffee help with depression?

Can coffee help with depression?

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  1. I’ve found if I’ve not been taking caffeine then take it during times of depression it really does improve your mental state. However if you’ve been using it for a long time theres probably no benefit.

  2. I have not known any link between depression and caffeine. Not directly, at least. Caffeine might allow you to stay up late which leaves you in a bad state (if you already have depression). As for direct link between depression and caffeine, there can be some overlooked symptoms. Best be aware of any symptoms and recognise if there’s any differences when you’re consuming caffeine and when you’re not. If you experience agitations, anxiety and irritability when consuming caffeine, there goes your red flag as anxiety is closely linked to depression. Best way is to seek for professional help if this bothers you so much. I hope this helps a little. Good luck!

  3. For me, caffeine is both energizing and comforting to me. It does make me more awake, but also it feels like a little reward for accomplishing something.

  4. In my experience, its effects can vary.
    If I’m sort-of mildly down and just need a bit of a pick-me-up, a good cup of coffee mid-morning will give me a bit of a lift.
    But if I’m in a very depressed and anxious state, I tend to avoid coffee because it just heightens my anxiety and exacerbates my depression.
    Also personally I find that coffee too late in the day keeps me awake at night; and as depression interferes with my sleep patterns, I tend to avoid coffee if I’m struggling because the last thing I need is a further reason to sleep badly.

  5. This page is very helpful about the effects of coffee and depression. As you will see, it was tests conducted 2 years ago, and might be helpful for you.
    How Does Coffee Help Alleviate Depression?

  6. yes and no. I go for coffee because I enjoy it. If someone is depressed they try not to do things to make their condition worse. So if they enjoy a cup of coffee why not? Limit amount is ok. As long as they don’t go for a “fix” few times a day up to 3-4 cups. That will cause the shakes in some people and their nerves will be highetened, making them more prone to anger outbursts. If they just need an outlet then a cup or two is fine. Other then that seek other options like running for that fix I was talking about

  7. I think it could have an indirect effect depending on whether you are sensitive to caffeine or not. If you get a big boost when you have caffeine, this is unnatural energy for your body, and when you ‘go up’ you have to ‘come down’. It’s these swings in energy that could effect mood depending on the person.


  8. Coffee is a diuretic, a laxative, and a stimulant.
    The laxative and stimulant qualities are quite nice! Regular bowel movements and enhanced conversation will uplift anybody!
    However these are modest victories in life and probably cannot ward off serious depression. That may require more drug treatment than caffeine, and perhaps therapy.

  9. Assuming that you are talking about caffeinated, the coffee doesn’t directly cause depression, but it can lead to a run-down physical state that invites depression. Coffee is a stimulant. Stimulants push the adrenal system, and they can cause adrenal fatigue. Combine this with caffeine’s tendency to interrupt sleep, and you have the foundation for depression.

  10. Caffeine is a powerful stimulant drug that promotes a feeling of well being and energy. It’s also addicting and those who abruptly discontinue it’s use may suffer severe symptoms of withdrawal, including jangled nerves and depression.

  11. Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system and acts as an antidepressant by elevating serotonin and dopamine–it’s even been shown in the Archives of Internal Medicine to lower suicide rates. Some experience the mood boost more than others. Unknowingly, many people self-medicate depression with caffeine.


  12. Can coffee help with depression?

    Caffeine is a nervous system stimulant commonly found in coffee, some soft drinks and energy drinks. It can also be used to treat certain medical conditions.
    There is no evidence of a beneficial effect when caffeine is used if one is depressed, and Caffeine is not recommended for use in treating Depression.
    Ideally, caffeine should be used in moderate quantities as if taken in large doses – usually >400mg per day or around 4 cups of coffee – it can lead to headaches, irritability and poor sleep (insomnia) among other problems.
    None of these effects are of any benefit for someone who is depressed.
    Sleep deprivation tends to worsen Depression, other problems like irritability or headaches are not consistent with a healthy mental or physical state for someone who is depressed either.
    Many people with Depression suffer from mental cloudiness or slowed thinking so one may expect that the mental alertness produced by Caffeine may be helpful, but there is limited evidence for this.
    One would also have to balance the possible negative long term effects against any potential short term gain if the aim was to use Caffeine for improving mental alertness in Depression.

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  13. So I wake up in the morning and made coffee then took it to school with me. So I started drinking my coffee during my English lesson. I drunk half of my coffee before I was suddenly hit with this feel of almost exploding from within.
    I was shaking though barely noticeable but from inside I felt like I was really cold. Then I started feeling like cry and I was tired and just like that my whole day was ruined.
    What made I worse was that I was at school and I’m usually a very cheerful person so I couldn’t be all quiet and depressed like. I had to smile and pretend to be okey the whole time.
    When I came home I fell asleep instantly. I was soo tired and I could barely keep my eyes opened. That was on a Thursday, today is Saturday and I’m still feeling really depressed. This probably doesn’t make any sense but yah.
    Coffee can sometimes worsen depression, at least for me…

  14. Thanks for a2a. For me caffeine works well for my depression but only once in a while. If I take it daily it wont have any effect on my mood. I think that the body quickly build a tolerance to it so caffeine is not a reliable way to treat depression.

  15. Short answer: yes. It can “help”. Caffeine, a bitter xanthine alkaloid, present at high concentration in coffee, gives you a boost. This boost may help you, but the extent of help may not be enough to significantly overcome your depression.

  16. It doesn’t make any difference in my feelings of depression. To be honest, my feelings of depression went away with menopause, but in 30 years of drinking coffee, it didn’t make any difference in my depression. Actually, I started drinking coffee and milk when I was four at my grandparents’ house, so I guess over more than forty years of drinking coffee it made no difference.

  17. No, but it can be a pleasant thing to do while enjoying one’s depression. For real treatment I recommend that you see your doctor.

  18. It depends on what kind of depression a person has. Reactive depression, it can strengthen. The paranoid ones are getting worse, too. Caffeine in any form of depression should not be taken. If a person has apathy and lethargy, and depression appeared because of this, then caffeine can help.

  19. I can’t exactly answer that since it’s actually different for me these days. Back then coffee helped me a lot when things were not so great.
    Contrary to these days, even a single cup of coffee makes me really anxious. I find myself overthinking a lot after just a cup. It’s sad, because I was used to drink at least a cup of coffee each day.
    These anxiety thoughts made unable to sleep. My thoughts bothered me a lot.

  20. Coffee is not a miracle cure for clinical/chronic depression. It can be a pick-me-up sometimes, however, as it’s a stimulant. It certainly perks me up in the morning. I feel a little less depressed about having to go to work after I’ve had a cup. It’s delicious, it smells great, and most importantly, it contains a hefty dose of caffeine, which is a psychoactive stimulant. Psychoactive drugs – if used effectively – can improve one’s mood. Like any drug though, if overused or used at the wrong times, it can result not in depression then and there necessarily, but in the short or long-term. For example, if you drink coffee at night, and this keeps you up late and affects your sleep, this can lead to being sleepy the next day, and if you lack sleep you may be more likely to get depressed.
    Coffee can be a nice bad-mood bandaid at times, but in the bigger picture, no, it does not make you less depressed.

  21. On Tea and Caffeine and Their Effects Upon Mood
    In minor amounts, caffeine has mild health benefits. Simply put, when consumed in moderation, it doesn’t hurt. [1] This is the amount consumed often in tea; I suggest tea over coffee. [2] [3]
    Sources and References:
    [1] Wang, Longfei, et al. “Coffee and caffeine consumption and depression: A meta-analysis of observational studies.” Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry (2015): 0004867415603131.
    [2] Einöther, Suzanne J., and Vanessa E. Martens. “Acute effects of tea consumption on attention and mood.” The American journal of clinical nutrition 98.6 (2013): 1700S-1708S.
    [3] Noguchi-Shinohara, Moeko, et al. “Consumption of green tea, but not black tea or coffee, is associated with reduced risk of cognitive decline.” PLoS One 9.5 (2014): e96013.
    Further Reading :
    Health Effects of Tea – Wikipedia
    Caffeine – Wikipedia
    Coffee, Health and Pharmacology – Wikipedia

  22. Depending on the person, coffee can definitely give you a temporary boost of energy and make one feel a little less depressed and tired. These effects, however, are very short term. One the caffeine effects wear off, your original mood will kick in, possibly worse than it was before. I do not recommend drinking coffee for the hope of being less depressed or stressed, as this will make everything worse in the long run.
    Drinking coffee, much like alcohol, for emotional reason can easily lead to a caffeine addiction. Caffeine is actually a very addictive substance and if u drink 400+ milligrams per day, it can easily get you hooked. Caffeine addictions are hard to get out of, much like every other drug. If you are addicted and try to quit, you will experience caffeine withdrawl, which can include very painful headaches, vomiting, fatigue, trouble sleeping, and many other symtoms. The effects of caffeine are sometimes compared to the effects of cocaine, as they act similarly on the brain but too a much different scale of course.
    I would reccomend not using it to help depression, as that would make it much worse in the long run. Stick to using a couple cups of coffee for the slight mornin energy boost.

  23. Coffee makes me happy for the most part, but once the effects of the caffeine wear off, I am right back where I started if not more irritable. Coffee is a stimulant, so it amplifies whatever emotion you’re dealing with.

  24. No. It causes a temporary increase in the flow of dopamine, but this doesn’t last long, one of the side effects of caffeine (and most drugs) is depression after long term use.
    If you want to improve your mental health then you might benefit from searching for foods which increase dopamine availability, and serotonin .

  25. Also anxiety and depression often occur together and caffeine can worsen anxiety.Stoping abruptly can worsen depression.If you regularly drink caffeinated beverages, quitting can cause a depressed mood until your body adjusts . It can also cause other signs and symptoms, such as headaches and fatigue and irritability.

  26. Coffee is a two edged sword. When I was at my most depressed I didn’t have the energy or motivation to make or even drink coffee- so no it didn’t help me then. When I started to feel a bit better I drank lots of coffee and it increased my energy levels a bit which helped but it also caused severe anxiety after lunchtime and I had actual nervous PAIN in my stomach and used to have to curl up in bed for an hour or so in the foetal position and hugging a pillow -waiting for it to pass. Then if I drank too much in the afternoon I couldn’t get to sleep at night.
    So I gave up coffee altogether for a year and drank green tea and any herbal tea that was red- ie with raspberries, strawberries, rosehip, hibiscus, cranberries or pomegranates in it. I made a big 2 litre (quart) jug of these and drank them cold. I would only have a hot cup of earl Grey or English Breakfast tea first thing in the morning.
    My anxiety went away and my sleep pattern improved. However I got bored with drinking the green tea and only drank the red teas. Then here in Australia we had a REALLY hot summer! (As I speak it is Autumn and we just had a heatwave). So my husband started making cold coffee. He buys coffee beans and grinds them at home and puts them into a French Press/ Coffee Plunger jug and brews a 1.5 litre pot. He lets that cool and puts it in the fridge. To make up a cup of coffee (we each make our own during the day) we put 1/4 cup of the coffee with 1/4 cup of milk and fill the other half cupful with cold tap water.
    This does both of us for a day and we stop drinking around 3 to 4 pm in the afternoon. This way it doesn’t affect our sleep. I also don’t have the stomach nerves and anxiety attacks. We do go thru a lot of milk! I DO seem to find that it helps with my activity levels and I have far less depressed days. So yes I would say it does help. But don’t drink too much and stop mid afternoon.
    I have just worked it out and I have a large 400 ml “French” coffee cup. So we are drinking about 750mls of pressed coffee each a day. That makes 7 or 8 cups at about 100mls (quarter of the cup) per each cup. That’s about a cup an hour. I am sure the equal amount of milk mitigates the effect of the caffeine as milk is a soporific so you don’t get so strung out.
    If you are having problems sleeping- stop drinking the coffee earlier in the day. Some people need to stop just after lunch to get a full night’s sleep.

  27. For me coffee was responsible for a quarter century of depression and hypomania. It wasn’t till I quit cold turkey 11 years ago that I was freed from mood cycling.
    So no, for me coffee was almost entirely responsible for my experiences with depression.

  28. Coffee is one my favorite drinks and I’m in a better mood everytime I drink coffee. But does coffee alone reduce depression? No. You gotta look at other factors as well. How’s your life at home, at work, do you anxiety issues, is there something bothering you lately? All of these should add up to decide whether you may or may not have depression.

  29. There’s no clear link between caffeine intake and depression. However, caffeine intake and depression may be linked indirectly for people who are particularly sensitive to the effects of caffeine or who have too much caffeine. Caffeine can cause sleep problems that affect mood. Caffeine can make it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.
    Lack of sleep can worsen depression. If you have trouble sleeping, don’t drink caffeinated beverages late in the day. If you have depression, consider limiting or avoiding caffeine to see if it helps improve your mood.


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  31. I’ve been informed that caffeine is a stimulant – and I take my anti-depresant medication in the morning, so, I have a coffee in the morning and I wash my pills down with a mouthful of coffee.
    If it has any effect, I’m not sure.


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