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A 63-year-old male asked:

If as a hshp study suggests, coffee reduces suicides because it works on same neurotransmitters as anti-depressants, why does it make anxiety worse?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Caffeine: Coffee contains caffeine, a psychostimulant which is also an addictive substance. In both children and adults, it can cause nervousness, agitation, restlessness, anxiety, irritability, delirium, depression, sleep disturbances, impaired attention, and panic attacks. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20164571 and http://tinyurl.Com/kweqoe6.
Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Anxiety: It is the amount of caffeine that is the crtical factor. A few cups of coffee has many benefits, excess caffeine frays the nervous system and causes jittery feelings. Try to limit your consumption to no more than three cups per day. Best wishes.
Last updated Sep 30, 2020

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