Caffeine causes panic attacks

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I used caffeine excessively, overdosed on guarana, vig, coffee, to make myself function with energy at work. Problem was I had panic attacks as a result. I am no longer going to drink any coffee! Does anyone else have stories about caffeine?

BTW I am posting from Australia at 7:21 in the morning :-)

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    Caffeine defentially gives me anxiety for sure!! So I only have it when I know I'm having a good day. But..... 4 years ago I was drinking so much to keep me awake in the day but the reason for that was it was my thyroid and low iron. Soo I would go get that checked out just in case . But I would slow down in it for sure or just stop smile

    Good luck smile

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    U must be on the west ?

    Yep caffeine I had to come off I drink a small amount but weak and milky

    for ages I was caffeine free but never felt well

    got to be careful with meds that have caffeine in

    Saw my son have horrible panic attacks when he had caffeine it is after all a very powerful drug

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    I'm a former amphetamine addict, so coffe has the weird affect of relaxing me. I even get to sleep on it. I would suggest though, that reducing it to tea might help. I knew someone who had the same problem as you, but when she gave it up she got worse. It MAY, saying just may, have been caused by the sudden withdrawal, which can also create enough stress to defeat the objective of giving up. Two things have definitely helped me with withdrawal from stimulants, natural grated ginger, boiled and strained with lemon and honey for tea, and Ginseng supplements.  They've helped me, but always expect a period of discomfort, after withdrawal from anything. Generally, the discomfort passes,then the mind and body gets used to it.
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    Caffeine also raises cortisol levels so too much cortisol triggers the panic attack. There are other alternatives to boosting energy rather than coffee. Here are several:

    - B-complex with insisting in it. The Bs will boost your energy while inositol, a B derivative, reduces panic attacks

    - arginine/glutamine supplement. These can be taken booth at the same time or separate. Arginine boosts your nitric oxide and so gives energy. Glitamine is food for the muscle and takes away brain fog and lifts mood.

    - Whey Protein shake throughout the day is another awesome way to boost protein and energy.

    If you must have caffeine, then Green Tea Extract is a better alternative because it has Theanine in it which acts as calming agent so you won't have panic. Some folks also experience sleepiness with the Extract along with aggression so test before using.

    Good luck

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    The same thing happened to me. I had a 200 mg caffeine pill, mountain dew kickstart, and then another caffeine pill the next day. The thing is, I just kept feeding myself caffeine and I didn't know that I was overdoing it..... At all. I don't drink water like ever.... And I was sitting with caffeine in my system. So come Thursday night at work, I had my first and prayerfully last anxiety attack. I had no idea how to fight it or what was really going on so that just made it worse. I was a mess. Thankfully my parents and God calmed me down and I was able to finish my shift. It's funny I didn't know I struggled with anxiety until I began fasting from social media (my drug)

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    Hi cassmac!!

    I had a similar experience! I used to drink coffee and espresso on a daily basis, and then all of the sudden I had to stop last year. It was giving me massive panic attacks, which was not helping with work or school. I cut out caffeine, and now drink decaf if I'm grabbing coffee with someone. It sucks, and you have to watch the caffeine content in things, but it's doable. smile Probably healthier too!

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