Does caffeine help with anxiety or does it make it worse?

Does caffeine help with anxiety or does it make it worse?

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  1. This depends on the amount consumed. Typically, coffee does not reduce anxiety, mainly because of its caffeine component.
    Coffee initially alters brain chemistry by causing it to release a flow of dopamine— a brain chemical involved in the feeling of general pleasure, reward, and motivation. However, too much coffee can overstimulate the central nervous system and, yes, it can increase general feelings of anxiousness.
    There are several studies out there that explain the reason behind this; studies also explain what amount of not only coffee, but caffeine intake, can make anxiety worse.

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  2. Technically,it is a stimulant and therefore anxiety can be one of the side effects. Caffeine makes your heart beat faster and if you take too much for your body you’ll definitely start to panic for no reason.
    Of course it depends on the context you’re using it in. If you need to study and are afraid you won’t make it if you don’t get focused now – maybe you could drink some coffee, as it helps with your concentration.
    I’d recommend you try it out. See what works for you and if a certain dose of caffeine does cause anxiety you’ll get to know your limits and try not to repeat the mistake.

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  3. The caffeine in coffee can help you focus and be more productive and, in so doing, may help decrease your feelings of anxiety. When people feel overwhelmed they often become anxious. This anxiety can cause reduced productivity in daily activities, such as studying for an exam or performance at work.

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  4. Caffeine by nature is a stimulant, that is it increases focus, increases heart rate and increases blood pressure. Simply put, its increases the responsiveness of the nervous system. Now, one of the causes of anxiety is an increased responsiveness of the nervous system and thus caffeine in theory should always worsen anxiety.
    But this isn’t always true, sometimes, with certain people, in certain situations (like the night before an exam) caffeine may seem to reduce anxiety by improving focus and productivity.
    The kind of response you will have largely depends on your personality and the sensitivity of your nervous system and your personal tolerance levels. If one is already a very anxious person, it is likely that caffeine will worsen anxiety !

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  5. Anxiety itself is a over stimulated state , where our sympathetic nervous system is over stimulated or over active . leading to symptoms like tremors, palpitations, frequent urination , inability to sit at one place, excessive worrying, running thoughts etc. so anything which increases sympathetic activity will worsen anxiety. which includes:
    caffein and related products such as coffee , some energy drinks, tea , colas, chocolate.
    some drugs such as theophylline used in asthma
    alcohol initially decreases anxiety but in longer run it worsen anxiety.
    smoking also increases anxiety.

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  6. The answer is debatable because coffee has got caffeine which increases body metabolism. If you are a regular drinker then most probably you won’t feel anxiety, As your body is addicted to caffeine. But if you are not a regular coffee drinker then caffeine can hit you and you will feel anxiety.

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  7. There’s a whole lot to out, but it temporarily reduces anxiety, particularly if it’s part of your daily routine that’s been temporarily interrupted. Say, as a hypothetical, you wake up and find that your Brewmeister 200 didn’t turn on and that cuppa you expected isn’t available until the machine cycles through its boot program and brews your coffee. You struggle through your first twenty minutes, nick yourself shaving, put your undies on backwards and makeit down to the kitchen and ….. “Aaaah! There’s that aroma. Sip. Double Aaaah! All’s right in your world after a half-hour rough patch.” Part of that, a huge part, is psychological, obviously. We’re creatures of habit. Our routine was interrupted and now everything’s fine.
    Part of it is also chemical. Coffee/caffeine releases dopamine, which has a calming effect. The chemistry will come back to bite you in theass, though. That same coffee deplete serotonin, albeit slower, thus increasing anxiety.
    Short term calming. Longer term anxiety.

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  8. Caffeine’s jittery effects on your body are similar to those of a frightening event. That’s because caffeine stimulates your “fight or flight” response, and research has shown that this can make anxiety worse and can even trigger an anxiety attack. Interestingly, it turns out there was a reason for that: Caffeine helps the brain release dopamine into the prefrontal cortex, a brain area important for mood regulation. Caffeine may also help the storage of dopamine in the amygdala, another part of the brain important for anxiety regulation.

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