Is your Starbucks habit actually an addiction? The American Psychiatric Association (APA) lists Caffeine Addiction, more specifically, caffeine intoxication and withdrawal as a mental disorder in the new DSM-V. A few cups coffee or soda everyday may not seem like a big deal, but it impacts your brain and body more than you may think.
The urge to order another espresso shot, chug a Red Bull or chow down on some chocolate isn’t just your willpower failing you, it’s your brain telling you that you need it to survive. Your dopamine is running the show, making you crave the rush. It may feel euphoric or at this point it could just feel normal, but when it wears off or metabolizes, your body goes into a state of withdrawal. Focus is impaired, mood is altered and cravings increase. When you don’t give in or reduce the amount of caffeine your body is used to the affects can be nasty.
Think “the shakes”, migraines, or vomiting only occurs with people withdrawing from heroine? Wrong. The new diagnosis shows that caffeine is a powerful and legal drug, the drug of choice for many Americans. So how much does caffeine affect your mind and body?
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Instead of trying to get off the caffeine alone talk to your healthcare provider. Here at Neurogistics, we can test your neurotransmitters and suggest alternatives to help you wean off with ease. The more balanced your brain the more likely you will be to get off caffeine for good and feel the impact of natural energy and focus through the nutrients you are receiving though your diet.
By Emily Roberts MA, LPC
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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is the clinical therapist for the Neurogistics Children’s Program. She has worked with Neurogistics for over a decade. Emily is also an award-winning author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, educational speaker and parenting consultant. Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.
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