If you have concerns that coffee is making your anxiety worse, your suspicions may be correct.
Caffeine stops a “GABA” chemical from being released into our brain, which is essential for feeling happy and relaxed.
A low GABA level is associated with anxiety and panic attacks.
Bournemouth’s Mental health Zone, gave their stance on the Coffee and Anxiety: “Coffee alone does not create anxiety, however if you suffer from an anxiety disorder coffee can make symptoms worse.
Coffee can lead to an increased heart rate and a shaky feeling because of the amount of caffeine in the drink.
The Mental Health Zone recognise these links and would advise people who are suffering with anxiety, to decrease the amount of caffeinated drinks consumed during the day and especially before bed.
If you’ve cut back on caffeine and are still feeling symptoms of anxiety then it might be a good idea to speak to your GP for further advice and support. If you’re wanting to stay focused on work, then there are definitely alternatives to coffee.
Food is a great way to boost your energy and combat tiredness.”
Ezra Ozdemir, 19, from Christchurch told us the effect Coffee has had on his anxiety.