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Subject: Re: Caffeine and depression Date: 3/20/2001 5:12 PM
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Matzoid, definitely. I am diagnosed bipolar.

About 3 years ago, I had gone off coffee (and other caffeinated foods) cold turkey and was shocked at the difference it made for me within a week. The funny thing is that I didn't quit caffeine because of my bipolar disorder, but because caffeine, and coffee specifically, was giving me some stomach problems because of the amount I was drinking at that point.

Another thing to consider along with caffeine is sugar. I used to take sugar with my coffee, or would take caffeine in the form of sodas, chocolate, or other types of food. Sugar by itself can also be a significant source of mood destabilization, for those who might be sugar sensitive (or carbs sensitive) and not realize it. There's an interesting article online from an internet conference transcript on this topic if you'd like to read some more on this.

http://www.healthyplace.com/Communities/depression/site/transcripts/Food_Mood.htm

Also, thanks for mentioning this as I've been drinking & eating sugar and caffeine of late again; I've got to quit these foods, eh!

Meg
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