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Subject: Caffeine and depression Date: 3/20/2001 3:49 PM
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Has anyone noticed caffeine affecting your depression? I have mild depression (dr thinks it may be called disthymia), but my father had a moderate to severe case, possibly bi-poplar as well. He would sit on the couch for weeks, and if he wasn't sitting he was pacing the floor for hours.

I had found myself going through the same patterns at times, so I asked my dr and he prescribed Prozac. Took about 3 weeks to kick in, and when it did it felt like a strong caffeine buzz. I used to have 2-3 mugs of coffee per day, take it or leave it, no dependency, but the Prozac made it feel like 10 cups. It also made me too loopy. Trying to get off made me even loopier. It was a little scary for a while, but by tapering down over many weeks I made it off OK.

While I was coming off the Prozac I decided that since it felt like caffeine, I would give up all caffeine to maybe ease the effect. It helped. But now I notice that after being completely off caffeine (except some chocolate now and then), being caffeine free is more effective than the Prozac for me. If I now have regular coffee, I can have a real mood crash.

Has anyone read about or experienced something similar? You may want to try decaffeinating yourself just to see if it helps.
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