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Re: Caffeine triggers depression?

Posted by bmwfan07 on September 30, 2011, at 22:06:52

In reply to Re: Caffeine triggers depression?, posted by zatar on September 30, 2011, at 12:17:49

> I think most mental disorders will be found to have different subtypes, with different causes.

This is definitely an important point. I totally agree. It's kind of like declaring all lung cancer to be caused by the same thing. Since people's depressive and anxious symptoms vary so widely, it's clear different things are going on in their brains. I think they'll discover at least 5 causes for, or at least sources of, depression, bipolar, anxiety disorders, ADHD, etc.

BTW, dunno if I mentioned I have ADHD too. I haven't tried Strattera, which I assume your daughter was taking for ADHD, but as I mentioned before, I believe ADHD triggered severe depression/bipolar for me, which I'd never had before. Interesting.

> Caffeine can effect sleep and that might have an impact on symptoms of depression.

This is a good point, too. I have terrible brain fog and fatigue some days, and when clustered together I'm sure there's a sleep issue/disorder going on (when I'm just fatigued I believe that can be caused solely by depression). I'm currently doing a no-caffeine test to see if that helps, as the brain fog is nearly as debilitating from a cognitive perspective as the depression.

> When my panic disorder acts up, I can't even have decaf coffee or chocolate without them affecting sleep, increasing muscle tension, and increasing panic attacks. When my system settles down, I can consume some.

That's terrible. I hope you're being treated, and improving.




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