Why is coffee suddenly causing panic/anxiety attacks?

Why is coffee suddenly causing panic/anxiety attacks?

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  1. I’m not an expert by any means, but I totally went through the same thing recently, and I attribute it to getting older. I’m not old, but I’m in my late 20’s, and for me that has come with several changes. My stamina and energy levels have dropped, and I’m more introverted. I have always been a daily coffee drinker, I was drinking a few shots of strong espresso every day with no problem. Seemingly overnight I started getting terrible anxiety following my daily cup of espresso. Racing heartbeat, feeling like I can’t breathe. I had to cut back to regular coffee and only have one cup, which is only 1/3 the amount of caffeine I was consuming before. Some days it still gives me anxiety! If I’m having a bad week, I’ll switch to a light roast. Sugar plays a huge role for me too! I have a much better experience when I lose the sugar. The taste isn’t great, but I feel way better when I don’t combine sugar and caffeine. Sugar is a terrible drug in and of itself, so you could try losing the sugar if you haven’t already.
    Maybe your body did what mine did, and decided it doesn’t like stimulants anymore. Seems like with age comes less tolerance for certain things. Just my two cents. Good luck!

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  2. Caffeine is a stimulant with some potential to exacerbate anxiety. It affects different people in drastically different ways, ranging from little to no effect, all the way to people who experience euphoria and insomnia. It does sound like panic attack, so you should avoid caffeine in your life, and if you feel like you need to you can see a doctor.

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  3. “Suddenly?”
    Grab a modern cup of the stuff and learn some history. Goat herders witnessed their creatures getting frisky on Coffee beans in Ethiopia, way, way over 1,000 years ago.
    The “anxiety” ain’t exactly sudden.

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  4. I suffer from severe anxiety and I just do not drink anything with caffeine in at all it is a very powerful stimulant I am English so tea drinking is big I have one cup of decaf tea with breakfast and that’s it I enjoy redbush tea which officially a tisane as not from a tea bush as such its delicious and very good for you I also drink peppermint tea again a tisanes especially after a meal very good for digestion then there’s Rosehip yea very good for you and high in vit c check out other stuff but please stay off caffeine anxiety is an awful thing to suffer from I hope this helps.

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  5. A2A
    LOL! It doesn’t happens suddenly, it happens when you consume coffee! It is your reaction on Caffeine – Wikipedia .
    Read about it, you would understand why.

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  6. I’m not an expert on caffeine, this is totally anecdotal. But I can relate to what you are feeling.
    I take caffeine pills, because I don’t like the increased in sugar intake coming with most caffeinated drinks and I don’t like coffee. I used to take them before hitting the gym, it helps with the workout. Nowadays I use it as a mood enhancer sometimes or when I need to be more alert at work. I have been taking these pills for some time and I do notice some anxiety coming up sometimes.
    I have had some trouble being in very crowded places for a few years, especially when I didn’t sleep well. It’s a really anxious feeling that you need to leave the place, it comes with a body load that kind of feels like nausea but I never threw up or come close to it. When I take caffeine in those times it seemed to work as a catalyst to those anxious feelings and there is definitely a noticeable difference between say 100mg and 200mg (which is a lot, I think between two and three cups of coffee). I once forgot that I already took a 100mg before working out and a felt a little tired so I took a 100mg more and went to a park to read a book. It was very busy because the weather was great, but there always is a great atmosphere so nothing wrong with that. Even though I felt very uncomfortable, a voice in my head was telling me “Go home, leave this scary place!”. So for me it’s an underlying problem becoming stronger and with experience I learned when not to take caffeine. When feeling anxious your hart rate goes up and caffeine does the same thing. It kind of feels like your body cannot sense the difference and thinks it’s in a higher state of anxiety. The stupid thing is, the times you benefit from caffeine the most are times your body is the most sensitive to it; being sleep deprived or stressed.
    It could of course be that you are just more sensitive to caffeine than average and there’s an easy solution for that, no more coffee 😉

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  7. coffee has had that potential always. Why is it causing it to happen to you? Could be one of two answers. Either you have some medical problem or a psychological one. You should see an MD soon as you can and stop caffeinated coffee until you get checked out.

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