Does coffee increase anxiety? What research has been done on this subject?

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    Hello, and welcome to Coffee. I edited your question to better fit our format. There are several other questions tagged as health that cover similar topics: coffee every day, addiction, on consumption in general. Do you have reason to believe that coffee causes anxiety -- e.g., can you link to an article that suggests it? – hoc_age Feb 10 '16 at 13:37

There's a lot of studies/articles, but when it comes down to it it's just like any other "drug": it affects each person differently. I drink almost a pot a day, and have since I was around 17/18, and have no worsened conditions if I don't consume coffee. Some months I go with only a cup a day, and others its ~3-4 cups - and nothing changes drastically. As with anything else, especially "drugs", moderation is key.

This is, of course, anecdotal, so...

Brewing Trouble: Coffee-induced anxiety (WebMD)

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  • I agree completely, it's different for everybody. My grandma can't even have chocolate, because the caffeine makes her heart race, contributing to the incredible anxiety she is known for having. With my dad, on the other hand, just the thought of running out of coffee would probably create anxiety. :) You have to be really sensitive to what your pulse is doing. – Kai Maxfield Feb 10 '16 at 21:26

I think coffee can not increase anxiety but if you drink too much coffee, probably, you have been in a busy time. This means the stress of your life can increase anxiety. It's not related with coffee. However some people does not consider all the parameters related to their stress. Because they're used to their life and may judge the other stuff.

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  • Thanks for the out-of-the box possibility, but the question is narrowly worded about the general topic and aimed at finding resources and studies. Do you have anything else to add, like a link as in the previous answer? – hoc_age Feb 16 '16 at 13:47

I only have anecdotal evidence. For me, coffee produces anxiety at first, until I acclimatize to a regular amount. For me, that's 2-4 cups a day. My body adjusts to that new "normal". I also exercise off any nervous edge coffee gives me.

In any case, I don't think coffee ever eases anxiety, even after you acclimatize. However, as a person with a tendency to be anxious, I can tell you regular exercise certainly does ease anxiety!

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niacin is present in huge amounts in coffee. it's an antidepressant but it can also cause a sudden 'flush', a sense of heat and alarm.

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  • Please give citations for your claims; can you link to nutritional information or to any studies or examples to support your statements? – hoc_age Mar 19 '16 at 20:19

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