Do you suffer from anxiety? Coffee Could Help.
What if your favorite morning beverage could actually help reduce those anxious feelings and make you happier?
Anxiety is a nervous disorder characterized by a state of excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behavior or panic attacks.
Statistics say around 3.3 million American adults have a form of anxiety disorder and according to experts the symptoms are very controllable, but many people go untreated.
In a recent article in Psychology Today contributor, Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc, talked about coffee and its positive effect on his own anxiety.
For some, the positive mood effects of coffee lie in caffeine’s ability to increase the senses of euphoria and energy, which I personally found it did for me years ago in my personal history with anxiety and panic attacks in my early 20’s (I’m now 47). I found in certain situational anxiety I used to have, coffee actually made me less panicky. I didn’t know why, I just knew when I drank it, I felt less anxious and more happy.
WHY IT HELPS
The answer he says is dopamine. The caffeine in coffee helps the brain release dopamine into the prefrontal cortex which is responsible for mood regulation. That dopamine is what gives you those happy feelings.
Mr. Bongiorno says that dopamine is typically low in people with social anxiety and the natural release that a morning cup of coffee provides could actually help with anxiety.
He cautions that this won't work with everyone. Some people are caffeine sensitive and the caffeine may actually make you feel worse.
HOW MUCH COFFEE?
The simple answer is 2 cups. More and you might get jittery and your symptoms could get worse.
Of course, coffee is not your cure and as Mr. Bongiorno says, "you need to lay down a healthy foundation to truly work through anxiety."
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