Caffeine and Panic Attacks: 1 Way To Eliminate Panic

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Caffeine And Panic Attacks: Is my Coffee Drink Causing Panic Attacks?

Let’s pose this question in another way:

Does pouring gasoline on a fire make it worse?

That is essentially what is happening with a caffeine induced panic attack. The fire is the anxious feeling you felt prior to having your first sip of coffee. Caffeine is the fuel igniting that fire to become a raging inferno.

Before you have that first cup, that feeling of anxiety could be so subtle that it’s barely noticeable. Maybe you’re thinking about that job interview you having coming up. Maybe a loved one got some bad news at the doctor. Maybe you are worrying about standing in line.

Depending on your sensitivity to caffeine, the onset of a panic attack is Illusive and appears to creep up on you without notice. Before you know it, you’re in the middle of a full blown melt down.

Everyone’s sensitivity to caffeine is different. Some people and down five pots of coffee and feel nothing, others take one sip and they’re on the train to crazytown.

How Does A Panic Attack From Caffeine Happen?

You may be aware of the benefits of caffeine, otherwise why would we drink it at all?

  • You feel more alert and less fatigued.
  • It enhances physical performance so you can crush it at the gym.
  • Improved focus and cognitive function.
  • Elevated mood. You release dopamine, a neurotransmitter that improves your mood and sense of well-being.
  • Temporary increase in heart rate and blood pressure due to its stimulatory effects on the cardiovascular system.

It’s that last one that tends to scare people. Because you are more alert and your cognitive ability is increased, you can focus on things that bother you.

Your body instantly reacts with increased heart rate and rising blood pressure. We continue to drink the coffee not knowing we are just adding fuel to the fire.

What Personality Types Are Prone To Anxiety?

You know, we’re often told that our personality type can shape so much of our lives. But did you ever stop to consider that it might also influence how we handle stress and anxiety? It’s true.

Some personality types are indeed more susceptible to anxiety than others. For instance, those of us who are perfectionists, or those who have a high need for approval, may find ourselves more prone to anxiety.

Those who have a fear of negative evaluation or are naturally more neurotic may also be more susceptible. But remember, having these traits doesn’t condemn us to a life of anxiety.

It’s just a heads-up, a call to arms if you will, to be aware and take steps to manage our mental health better. We’re in this together, and with understanding and action, we can tackle this.

Can Sugar Also Be A Factor In Caffeine Causing Panic Attacks?

I know how much many of us love that sweet jolt of a sugar-laden coffee to kickstart our day. But did you know this combo could be doing more harm to your mental health than you realize?

Based on what I found, added sugars in our coffee can cause our blood sugar levels to go on a rollercoaster ride of spikes and crashes, which can contribute to feelings of anxiety.

Consuming high doses of caffeine or sugar can induce a caffeine panic attack or even make existing anxiety worse.

So, if you’re already struggling with anxiety, it might be worth considering cutting back on the sugar in your coffee, or maybe even trying decaf. It’s a small change, but it could make a big difference.

Remember, every step counts on our journey towards better mental health. Source: Healthline, Splenda

Ok great! How Do You Get Out Of A Panic Spiral?

I’m not here to tell you that you need to toss your mocha mintappuccino into the garbage, but to avoid a caffeine induced panic attack, that just might be what you need.

If jitteriness and panic is an issue for you, then cutting back on your caffeine intake to avoid a caffeine panic attack may be in your best interest.

You may be one of those all-or-nothing types, so if going cold turkey is the only solution for you, here is a solid video to avoid those pesky withdrawl symptoms:

I doubt telling your boss “Hey can I have to tomorrow off? I’ve decided to not drink coffee anymore” is going to fly.

There is some great information in this video about the risks of being over-caffeinated. All the more reason to cutting back on your caffeine intake.

I once tried cutting back on my coffee consumption drastically and noticed a dramatic increase in my overall calmness. Once the withdrawl symptoms passed, I felt a calmness and an ability to handle issues that would have otherwise spiraled out of control after my third cup.

Try it sometime and see the results!

Caffeine and Panic Attacks. Get to the Source.

One solution (and the best solution in my opinion) is to get to the source of the issue. Panic Away is a program designed in a way to do just that.

It is time to ask yourself what you are thinking about before you feel the symptoms described above.

What is it that is triggering your emotions?

What are you afraid is going to happen to you? When you start to feel the moment of panic set in, what does it feel like? It is important to identify and describe what you are feeling, physically and emotionally.

It is important to remember that what you are feeling at that moment, the physical and emotional sensations CAN’T HURT YOU. I can’t emphasize this enough.

You must feel the things you are experiencing in that moment and LET THEM HAPPEN. Describe them to the best of your ability.

It is also important to remember that what you are experiencing is very normal and a learned behavior. It is learned response to thought or situation. The only way to combat a learned behavior is to unlearn it. This simply takes practice.

Fortunately, you are not alone to figure this out on your own. What you are feeling and experiencing is quite common.

You are NOT going crazy and there is nothing wrong with you. You simply need to gain control of your life and set it back on course.

Conclusion

The relationship between caffeine and panic attacks is a complex one, influenced by individual sensitivity and overall mental well-being.

You may be asking yourself, “How do you get out of a panic attack spiral?” While moderate caffeine intake can provide cognitive benefits for most individuals, excessive consumption may exacerbate anxiety symptoms.

It is crucial to understand your own body’s response to a caffeine panic attack and make informed choices that support your mental and physical health.

Remember, everyone’s journey with anxiety management is unique, and seeking professional guidance can be invaluable in developing a personalized approach.

Read my story here. I was able to conquer my panic disorder and live a panic free life.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical advice. If you are experiencing severe or persistent anxiety, please consult a qualified healthcare professional for personalized guidance and support.


FAQ

What stops a panic attack fast?

Teenager having anxious thoughts

When you start to experience anxious thoughts, it is very important not to force the thoughts away.

Let the thoughts in. The more comfortable you can become with them, the better. These thoughts will never go away fully but what you can learn is to change your reaction to them.

By changing your reaction to the anxious thoughts you become free of them.

Observe it, label it, watch it as it passes with no judgement then move your attention on to what you were doing.

Henry Flury

Henry Flury, the guitarist from Butcher Babies, shares his journey of overcoming panic attacks to help others facing the same issue. He started writing to fill the gap in panic attack education online. His blog focuses on understanding anxious thoughts and offers guidance on managing panic attacks for anyone dealing with panic disorder.

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