Caffeine makes your mood worse!
Yes, I’m sorry. I know I’m meddling with your personal life.
One very important fact which is often overlooked in the treatment of depression is the disruptive role of caffeine and other “over the counter” substances. It has been my observation over the years that caffeine directly opposes the action of antidepressants and mood stabilizers.
This is true of all “stimulants” like ginseng, royal jelly, bee pollen, ephedra, energy drinks, decongestants and many other “natural” products designed to “pick you up” or help you lose weight. In each case the stimulant increases the repetitive disturbing thoughts that the medications are trying to subdue.
Caffeine and other stimulants work directly against the medications. I have been astonished at how much my patients improve when they eliminate caffeine and stimulants from their diets. In some cases I have been able to reduce their medication doses once the aggravating substance has been removed. I have also noticed that a frustrating tendency for antidepressants to lose their effectiveness over time is reduced if caffeine is eliminated.
Caffeine comes in many products including pain killers, coffee, tea, many soft drinks, energy drinks and chocolate. Whenever there is an unexpected decline in the mood of one of my patients, I always look for something they may be consuming that is causing a drug interaction with their medications.
Decaf beverages are no problem.
What do I do next?
We have lots of resources to help you assess yourself for depression, anxiety or mood swings. These resources will also help you understand the conditions so you can help a loved one.
Throughout my medical career I noticed that Christians suffered from depression differently than non Christians. You can download my article that describes this difference and why it happens in How depression affects Christians.
Personal coaching appointments are available where we can meet online or by phone. I will answer your questions about mood disorders and explain the recovery process.
Emotionally Free – The first third of the book explains the nature and treatment of mood disorders from a Christian perspective and includes the symptom checklists for self assessment. The rest of the book explains problems with our personality and spirit.
Have a look at these DVDs/CDs/direct downloads – watch 5 minute previews online
Depression, The Path to Recovery As 2 disc of 10 TV interviews with Dr. Mullen where he explains a Christian understanding of depression, anxiety and mood swings. Our most popular DVD.
Moods, what Christians should know about depression, anxiety and mood swings Christians are often very confused and misinformed about the nature and treatment of mental illnesses. They are also very suspicious of psychiatric treatments, so many are suffering needlessly from correctable conditions. This presentation will remove the mystery and confusion about the diagnosis and treatment of depression, anxiety and mood swings.
Fear, When Trust is Lost You will get the tools to overcome and take control of the worries and fears that disrupt your life.
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