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When you're depressed, how much caffeine is too much?

I've heard that caffeine isn't good when you might have depression? Why would this be and how much can I have...I LOVE COFFEE!!

Asked 13 years ago by CaffeineLvr
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Posted 13 years ago


Some people do seem to feel the effects of this stimulant more than others, depression or no. If drinking caffeine affects your ability to sleep well at night, a lack of sleep can absolutely impact your depression symptoms. Also, if caffeine gives you energy for a short while but then causes you to crash leaving you feeling worse than before, this can also mimic/spark the emotional ups and downs of depression. Caffeine alters the chemicals in your brain that may be trying to re-balance themselves during your depression treatment which may also impact your symptoms.

Regardless, if you can at least cut down on or cut out your caffeine/coffee intake and be really reflective on how your body and mind feels, this would be a good start (decaf coffee still has some caffeine in it). If you drink a TON of coffee (I would say 4+ cups a day), cutting it out all at once would also spur some crazy symptoms, so would wean yourself off of it more slowly!


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