Wednesday, June 6, 2012

NAMI | Caffeine

An April 2012 report by the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust found a link between extreme caffeine and a suicide attempt in one case report. In addition, caffeine is known to exacerbate or sometimes even induce some psychiatric conditions such as anxiety, panic attacks and insomnia, according to studies conducted in 2009. In rare circumstances, worsening of psychosis and mania can also result.
This latest case report only reinforces what most of us already know: lifestyle choices play a big part in recovery management. Avoiding drugs and alcohol, getting enough sleep, eating well and exercising on a regular basis can work wonders when it comes to keeping the human brain healthy.
A study in 1997 by Kaplan et al. showed that a dose of 250 mg of caffeine produced pleasant effects such as elation and peacefulness, but that when subjects were given does of 500 mg of the stimulant, negative effects such as anxiety, nausea and palpitations started to set in.
Although drinking one or two servings of coffee (which clocks in between 100 and 200 mg of caffeine per cup), soda (40 mg per can) or an energy drink (often more than 200 mg per can/bottle) every day is typically fine for most people, overdoing it can be potentially harmful.


NAMI | Caffeine

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