200mg of caffeine and me.
October 23, 2011 2:11 PM Subscribe
Help me understand the role caffeine might play in moderate to severe anxiety, intrusive thoughts (that I'm in danger) and occasional panic attacks. I'm perplexed by elimination of what I consider to be relatively low caffeine intake. Interested in others' experiences.
posted by punkfloyd to health & fitness (16 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a 41 yr old male, 100% healthy as of last physical, who recently cut back and eliminated caffeine from my diet in an attempt to discover the role it plays in a 20 yr history of anxiety, intrusive thoughts and panic attacks. Intake had generally been one morning cup of drip coffee daily (around 100mg of caffeine), no sugar. I would occasionally have a 16 oz. Dr. Pepper in the afternoon. Since cutting out caffeine, I am sleeping better and my mood has improved. I feel less social anxiety and intrusive thoughts seem to be going away. I asked this related question
7 months ago.
tldr; Are some people extra-sensitive to caffeine and can intake cause excessive anxiety, social anxiety, intrusive thoughts and panic attacks? And am I wrong thinking that ~200mg daily is a relatively low amount of caffeine?