- Headaches, restlessness, nervousness, insomnia, excitement, flushing, gastrointestinal disturbances, muscle twitching, cardiac arrhythmia, or rambling of thought or speech
These symptoms will be worst at the onset of caffeine withdrawal. In the latest “psychiatry bible”, doctors are naming caffeine withdrawal as a mental disorder. It is being a mental disorder because the symptoms interfere with your daily life.
Come on really people, a mental disorder! If you know you want to reduce or cut caffeine out of your life, do your homework. Learn as much as you can about the symptoms. Knowing what the symptoms are in advance will help you to recognize them without thinking something is psychologically wrong with you.
You don’t have to wake up one morning and cut out caffeine, you can reduce your intake gradually. Start by reducing the amount of coffee or caffeinated soft drinks you intake daily and replace them with decaf ones. At the same time keep the body hydrated by increasing your intake of water. The water will replace the fluids coffee and soft drinks take away from the body and it will help to flush out the caffeine. Before long you will realize you do not need the caffeine. This is not rocket science here folks, just plain common sense and willpower. If you want to be caffeine-free bad enough, you will find a way to make it happen with little disruption in your life. No psychiatrist needed!
To read more on this topic, click on the following link:
O’Shea, K. (2013). Philly.com, “Caffeine withdrawal is now a mental disorder”. Retrieved June 10, 2013, from http://www.philly.com/philly/health/Caffeine_withdrawal_is_now_a_mental_disorder.html