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Caffeine is a psychoactive drug that, according to research, can cause or enhance anxiety and other stress-related signs and symptoms in several ways. While the aroma, the taste, the routine, the warmth of the cup in your hands, and the feeling you get when you take your first sip in the morning may be cause for celebration, for some too much of a good thing can cause problems.  

Even those with a high tolerance for caffeine (AKA everyone who drinks Death Wish) can experience these things if they’re not careful about their consumption. Here are a few of many ways that caffeine is linked to anxiety according to Be Brain Fit, and what you can do to combat it. 

  1. Caffeine increases stress hormones.

Most people with anxiety would agree that they have a lot of weight on their shoulders. Caffeine adds to the burden. Similar to stress, caffeine increases heart rate, blood pressure, and levels of stress hormones. Caffeine consumption can more than double your blood levels of the stress hormones cortisol and epinephrine.

  1. Caffeine affects neurotransmitter balance.

Caffeine often gives us a desirable feeling—increased motivation, productivity, and brain power. This is a result of increasing brain chemicals dopamine and acetylcholine. However, caffeine hinders the calming neurotransmitter GABA, which puts the brain activity on hold when needed. GABA is married to happiness and relaxation, so it’s no surprise that having a low GABA level can lead to anxiety and panic attacks.

  1. Caffeine causes insomnia.

If your mind is stuck in a never-ending marathon at night time, caffeine can contribute to this problem. Caffeine-induced sleep disorder is actually a recognized psychiatric disorder. Getting good sleep is essential to our brains since this is when metabolic debris and toxins are washed away and repaired into new brain cells. It’s important to keep in mind that any caffeine you consume, even 6 hours prior to bedtime can significantly disrupt your sleep.

  1. Caffeine is linked to psychiatric disorders.

Enough caffeine can create symptoms of anxiety in a healthy person that are indistinguishable from those experienced by anxiety disorder sufferers. Caffeine has also been linked to mental disorders including anxiety, panic and depression, as well as sleep and eating disorders. Fact: In 1987, it was recommended that decaffeinated beverages should be provided in psychiatric wards. Taking schizophrenic patients off caffeine has actually been proven to help their anxiety, irritability, and hostility.

  1. Caffeine can increase anxiety when taken with many medications.

Caffeine is often consumed out of habit, making it an immense part of our daily life. That being said, it sometimes slips our mind that it’s a psychoactive drug and therefore, doesn’t mix well with other drugs. Check out drugs.com for a list of over 80 medications that should not be taken alongside caffeine. It is often added to over-the-counter drugs such as painkillers to make them more effective, however, consequently increases the number of side effects in asthma medications, antidepressants, and some antibiotics. 

It’s no secret that coffee is a staple in many lives. In this case, looks, scents, and tastes can all be considered deceiving if you aren’t listening to your body and giving it the essential nutrients it needs. If you’re someone who deals with anxiety, you may want to try a more natural form of caffeine, such as green tea (that’s the tea). I would recommend sticking to one coffee a day, but if you give a human a coffee, chances are, they’re going to want another.

Related: Here’s The Real Reason Coffee Makes You Poop 

Is Caffeine Fueling Your Anxieties?

By Robert Preidt
HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, July 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) — If you struggle with anxiety, you might want to skip that second cup of coffee, new research suggests.

For some people, caffeine may help with concentration and provide an energy boost, but it can cause problems for those with general anxiety disorder, said Dr. Julie Radico, a clinical psychologist with Penn State Health.

“Caffeine is not the enemy,” she said in a university news release. “But I encourage people to know healthy limits and consume it strategically because it is activating and can mimic or exacerbate the symptoms of anxiety.”

Low doses of caffeine are in the range of 50 to 200 milligrams (mg). Consuming more than 400 mg at once may lead to feeling overstimulated and anxious, and bring on symptoms such as racing heart, nausea or abdominal pain.

Anxiety is a common problem, but many patients and their doctors don’t think about caffeine as a potential contributing factor, said Dr. Matthew Silvis, vice chair of clinical operations in the division of family medicine at Penn State Health.

“We want people to consider whether there may be a connection between their caffeine consumption and anxiety,” he said.

As well as being a potential problem for people with anxiety, caffeine can interact negatively with medications for seizure disorders, liver disease, chronic kidney disease, certain heart conditions or thyroid disease, Silvis noted.

“Medical disorders that a patient may already have can become more difficult to control,” he said.

In terms of amounts of caffeine, an average cup of home-brewed coffee has about 100 mg, compared with 250 mg in a tall Starbucks coffee and as much as 400 mg in energy drinks. A can of Mountain Dew has 55 mg while a can of Coca-Cola has 35 mg.

Many vitamin and sports or nutritional supplements also contain caffeine, but many people don’t think to check the labels of those products, Silvis added.

Why does coffee make me anxious while others can drink it before bed?

While you might have a strong coffee in the morning to wake up, there are some caffeine-fiends out there who sip an espresso after dinner to help them relax and go to sleep.

So how can one stimulant drink – coffee – make some people so alert that they feel anxious and wide-eyed awake for hours and perform no observable effect on others?

The answer has to do with our level of caffeine sensitivity. Our level of caffeine sensitivity is determined by how efficient our body is in processing and metabolising caffeine.

Gabrielle Maston, Accredited Practising Dietitian and Spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia, explains that our genes determine our individual reaction to caffeine and the impact that a specific amount of coffee has on our body.

“Our sensitivity to caffeine varies person-to-person,” says Maston. “So not everyone can consume the same amount of coffee and share the same effect.”

Around 95 per cent of caffeine is metabolised in the liver via an enzyme called CYP1A2, according to the genetics analysis company Gene Planet online. The activity of this enzyme is highly variable and is regulated by the CYP1A2 gene.

“Our sensitivity to caffeine varies person-to-person. So not everyone can consume the same amount of coffee and share the same effect.”

Differences in our DNA will, therefore, produce differences in the rate of our caffeine metabolism – people with more than one C variant in the gene will be more sensitive to coffee and it will yield a stronger effect on them, while those with two copies of a gene present in the A variant will be more tolerant to caffeine.

Maston adds that caffeine sensitivity is also regulated by the receptors in our brain.

Caffeine passes through the blood-brain barrier and influences our brain’s adenosine receptors. People who lack the correct adenosine receptors may not experience the same caffeine-related effects of alertness that others do, because the receptors are less responsive and the caffeine molecules cannot bind to receptors.

“That’s why there are people who drink one cup of coffee and are anxious or shaky while others drink six or seven cups of coffee and are fine,” adds Maston.  

Research from The Harvard School of Public Health also shows that our genetic differences change the way that various people process, metabolise and become addicted to coffee. The study published in 2014 looked at around 100,000 people from European and African-American cultures and found six genetic variants determining the way coffee habits are formed and variability in how coffee affects our health.

Can I develop a caffeine tolerance?

Maston explains that separate to caffeine sensitivity (which is hardwired into our genes), we may also develop a habitual caffeine tolerance.

“You can build up a tolerance to caffeine, just like you can build up a tolerance to sweetened foods,” Maston says. “You acclimatise your tastebuds to the taste of sugar and fat to the point that you don’t taste the sugar and fat in food as much anymore. It’s the same thing with caffeine.

“Take, for example, some people who are Italian or Greek who drink a lot of coffee, socially. Their bodies will most likely become desensitised to the caffeine over time.

“If culturally, you drink coffee at breakfast, lunch and dinner then you will be able to tolerate coffee more than someone who has it sporadically.”

Is caffeine sensitivity something to worry about?

Maston stresses that caffeine sensitivity is not a health condition.

“There’s nothing wrong with one person who is sensitive to caffeine and another person who isn’t – they will just like to drink different levels of coffee.”

However, she says it is wise to be aware of your individual sensitivity levels so you don’t experience the unwanted side effects of drinking too much caffeine – irritability, nervousness, anxiety, sleeplessness and diarrhoea.

Maston also advises that people who are very sensitive to caffeine to switch to tea, which has “about 10 per cent of the amount of caffeine that a regular coffee has”.

“If, culturally, you drink coffee at breakfast, lunch and dinner then you will be able to tolerate coffee more than someone who has it sporadically.”

So how much coffee should I have?

Your recommended level of caffeine consumption is dependent upon the degree of your caffeine sensitivity.

There are three levels of caffeine sensitivity: hypersensitive (very sensitive to caffeine), hyposensitive (minimally or not responsive to caffeine at all) and a ‘normal’ sensitivity to caffeine (which lies somewhere in the middle of the former two categories).

Maston says the majority of people have a normal sensitivity to caffeine and it’s upon this level of sensitivity that recommendations for coffee consumption have been set.

“It’s recommended that most people can have 300-400 milligrams a day or less of caffeine,” says Maston.  

“That’s equivalent to around three-to-four cups of instant coffee a day or less. Or, because espressos have higher levels of caffeine content, it’s equal to one-to-two espresso or percolated coffees a day.”

She says most energy drinks combine high doses of caffeine with sugar: “one of those large cans has around three or four shots of coffee in it”.

“We don’t recommend that people drink energy drinks regularly because it can cause issues for your weight control and has strong caffeine content.

“But drinking coffee can be part of a healthy diet and is no problem at all.

“The main message is to have caffeine in moderation. If you are not too sensitive to caffeine, try to stick to the recommended amounts and be sure that you are not adding things like cream and sugary syrups to your coffee because then the sugar content starts to add up.”

Quitting Caffeine To Help My Anxiety Completely Changed My Life — Here’s How

At a certain point in my life, I could drink everyone I knew under the table when it came to coffee. It was practically a competition between my husband and I to see how many cups we could consume in the morning — we’d go through multiple pots, not once considering the effects it was having on us besides keeping us awake enough to handle our hectic lifestyles. That is, until I started therapy — and in the very first session, my psychiatrist recommended I stop drinking caffeine to help control my anxiety.

As anyone who frequents Starbucks knows, advice that you should quit your coffee habit isn’t always welcome. My daily cup (OK, pot) of joe wasn’t just a way of keeping me awake — it was a ritual I looked forward to every day and a craving I felt a constant need to satisfy. The thought of giving it up honestly scared me; what would my mornings —nay, days — be, anymore, without my coffee?

Apprehensive as I was, I soon found out. Because, though my craving for caffeine was strong, my desire to calm my growing anxiety and racing mind was stronger. So, I put my trust in a professional and weaned myself off — and, no exaggeration — changed my life in the process. Read on to find out exactly why and how I did it — and why you might consider ditching caffeine for good, too.

Why I Quit Caffeine For My Anxiety

Before I stopped drinking caffeine, I felt like I was in a constant state of chaos. Not only did I feel jittery from the moment I drank my first cup, but by the time I started my day, I couldn’t focus on anything — my mind and heart were racing. I was also always in panic mode, which didn’t help in my fast-paced career; every email and Slack message sent me into a spiral and I had trouble controlling my reactions to any situation that arose.

Uma Naidoo, MD, Director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and author of This Is Your Brain on Food: An Indispensable Guide to the Surprising Foods that Fight Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, and More explains that many of these symptoms happen because caffeine stimulates the autonomic nervous system, which can cause effects like a racing heart, panicky feelings, and increased anxiousness if you’re sensitive to the substance.

That said, Dr. Naidoo also tells TZR over the phone that the substance affects everyone in a different way — so just because it increases feelings of anxiety in some people doesn’t mean it has that effect on everyone.

“What research says is it’s really the amount of coffee; it’s when people drink it; and it’s their response,” she says. “Someone else may be drinking that amount and even have an espresso before bed and be completely fine. And someone else might not be able to sleep for a couple of days because they’re so wired on that amount of coffee.”

Because of that, she says, it’s important to first take stock before cutting it out of your diet like I did. “I have individuals who have anxiety and slowly cut back on caffeine and not notice a difference,” she tells me. “Everyone is unique and I don’t think it’s one size fits all. It’s much more like, let’s go through a checklist of different things I’d like for you to look at that could worsen anxiety, and caffeine is on that checklist. And that’s when it comes back to paying attention to what your body is telling you.”

How I Quit Caffeine For My Anxiety

Once I did decide with my psychiatrist to stop drinking caffeine, she helped me come up with a plan to taper off my consumption — because everyone who’s ever skipped their morning cup knows that quitting cold turkey isn’t exactly an option (or an enjoyable one, at least).

Personally, I started by ditching my afternoon latte one week, going half-calf in my morning coffee the next, and then switching over to decaf the next week once I felt adjusted and ready. By doing this, I experienced very few headaches and didn’t notice any other side effects.

However, everyone is different — so as Dr. Naidoo explains, you should tailor your own plan to the amount of coffee you’re drinking each day. “Usually I go by a quarter of the amount that they’re drinking,” she says. “As an example, say they’re having two medium-sized coffees a day. They want to have a quarter less of that total quantity for the next two to three days, and so on.”

And, as with when you’re deciding to quit, it’s important to pay attention to how you feel along the way. “If you go from 2 cups to 1.5 cups, how are you feeling the next day? Are you having any heart-racing? In which case you just have to go slower,” says Dr. Naidoo. Otherwise, she says, rushing the process could make you feel more anxious, rather than less so.

The Effects Of Quitting Caffeine For Anxiety

After I successfully quit, the effects on my life were, quite honestly, astounding. The panicky feelings at work lessened; I fell asleep at night more easily; I didn’t get so irritated at every noise my husband made; I could finally, truly focus. Sure, my anxiety didn’t miraculously go away, but I’m now able to manage it more easily, and my constant state is calmer and less jittery than before.

To maintain this, I now drink a cup or two of decaf in the morning, which obviously gives me the same look and taste as caffeinated versions, just sans unwanted side effects. Dr. Naidoo says this is a good replacement, as are mushroom-based coffee alternatives and green tea — though just watch out for any caffeine, and always try a little bit first to see if you’re sensitive to even smaller amounts.

Though I can’t live without the taste of coffee every day (hence the decaf), I haven’t found that I need a boost from caffeine since I quit. Sure, there are some days when I crave a shot of espresso because I’m feeling sleepy, but the actual effects of that are never what I envision, and I just end up feeling too overwhelmed to focus at all. Instead, I now just try to sleep well, exercise, and eat healthy, balanced meals throughout the day — and, still surprisingly to me, I don’t miss caffeine one bit.

Can Cutting Down on Caffeine Also Cut Down My Anxiety?

At its core, anxiety is psychological. But in our day-to-day lives, much of our experience with anxiety is physical. It can be less of an emotion than an overall bodily feeling of tension or unease, marked by symptoms like a racing heart or shaky hands.

It’s not a coincidence, then, that consuming a stimulant like caffeine can produce feelings of anxiety. For many people, in fact, the side effects of caffeine and anxiety are the same.

Does this mean, then, that cutting coffee out of our lives could treat our anxiety?

“Cutting caffeine can help treat anxiety,” says Cathy Allsman, a psychologist in Miami. “Early in this shutdown, I was working with a young woman to manage her anxiety. She was doing a good job of employing various techniques I taught her but stopping the 12 espressos a day helped a lot.” By simulating the physical experience of anxiety, it’s only natural that caffeine can trick our brain into thinking we’re actually anxious. “Both caffeine and anxiety produce rapid heartbeat and adrenaline flooding your system,” Allsman explain.

But not consuming caffeine might only help mitigate the side effects, rather than the cause itself. Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s worthless or doesn’t benefit people at all — quitting coffee or other forms of caffeine is ultimately a harmless means of managing the condition without medication. That said, it won’t be a magic cure for everyone. Just as benzodiazepines only work by slowing the nervous system so that the body can’t panic, cutting caffeine only limits the body from experiencing the panic-mimicking physical feelings they could produce if consumed.

In both cases, though, the panic itself could be managed through techniques like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which would teach someone how to handle their anxiety from an emotional level rather than physical.

Plus, for some people, caffeine is good for their mental health. According to Psychology Todaycoffee consumption has been found to reduce the risk of depression by helping introduce dopamine into the prefrontal cortex, which helps regulate mood. Not to mention, that jittery feeling from caffeine can produce excitement and euphoria. “Anxiety and excitement are physiologically similar, so caffeine might make someone feel good,” says Allsman. Coffee might help you be more productive as well, which can lessen specific anxieties surrounding work or school.

Generally, consuming too much caffeine will almost definitely exacerbate anxiety. Most people are fine with a cup or two a day, but plenty of others can feel sensitive to even that limited amount. So it’s really a matter of preference and personal comfort. Feel jittery in a bad way after a quad latte? Maybe don’t drink a quad latte again tomorrow.

4 Ways to Prevent Caffeine Jitters

As society has evolved into the modern fast-paced world we know today, caffeine has become increasingly popular. Whether you are staying up late studying for an exam or waking up early to go to work, caffeine is a supplement to many people’s diet. The chemical itself shares a number of traits with other stimulants. This can cause your mind to race or your body to feel restless. In other words, you can feel jittery. Because of this, caffeine jitters have become a growing concern amongst caffeine users. It is a problem faced mainly by new coffee drinkers with little existing tolerance. Here are four ways to avoid those caffeine jitters:

Eat Something

Drinking caffeine on an empty stomach can increase the likelihood of the jitters. When drinking coffee on an empty stomach, this can cause two different things to happen. The first is to increase what’s called hydrochloric acid or stomach acid. This helps digest your food. Caffeine can increase the amount of stomach acid you produce which can lead to abdominal pains. The second thing drinking caffeine on an empty stomach can cause is anxiety.

Going through your day on an empty stomach can reduce your brain’s ability to produce the mood-regulating hormone serotonin. Caffeine only heightens this inability to produce serotonin leading to increased stress and anxiety. This could make you feel jittery and weak. Because of this, the easiest way to avoid the jitters is to eat a meal before consuming caffeine. Even something simple like a granola bar can go a long way.

Natural Additives

Certain natural additives, such as organic milk or raw sugar, can help decrease your caffeine jitters. As stated above, coffee can increase the amount of stomach acid and decrease your brain’s ability to produce certain neurotransmitters. Certain additives can have the opposite effect negating some the-the bad qualities in caffeine. For instance, organic milk can better help cognitive functions actively decreasing stress through alpha-lactalbumin and assist the brain in processing serotonin. Mixing milk in your caffeinated drink could help offset some jitters.

Stay Hydrated

Caffeine can also make your body dehydrated. This is only heightened by an empty stomach. This is why eating something is one of the most important ways to avoid the jitters. Caffeine, being a diuretic, can cause the body to produce more urine making you more dehydrated. A dehydrated body can lead to increased levels of anxiety. Because of this, we recommend drinking water before drinking caffeine. Even if you have already consumed a caffeinated beverage, switching to water can still be effective.

Reduce the Amount You Drink

This, although seems the most obvious, can have the largest effect. Much like discussed above, caffeine can produce many changes in your body. The simplest way to avoid the jitters is to reduce your coffee intake. Instead of 3 cups in the morning, try 1 cup. Reducing your intake can reduce the negative effects of drinking excessive amounts of caffeine. Another way to avoid the jitters is to understand your limitations. People have different digestive tracts and react differently to chemicals and hormones. Understanding your limit can better help reduce the effects of jitters by stopping yourself at a known caffeine limit.

Bottom Line

If you do have the jitters, it is recommended to take a second and breath. Lie down, or sit in a comfortable position and do some relaxing exercises. If you have the time, you can work the energy out by exercising. Remember, even though caffeine has negative effects, it doesn’t always give you the jitter and can be healthy in some situations.

Doctors recommend a cup between 10 am and noon after a healthy breakfast. Because caffeine can come in different forms, their health benefits may vary between products. Coffee has many nutrients including vitamin B, potassium, and niacin. Tea has many antioxidants and can help boost your immune system. Jitters usually come when there is over-consumption, an empty stomach, or your body process caffeine at higher rates.

This useful video helps to explain the way in which caffeine affects our brains:

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Anxiety symptoms: 8 surprising triggers – Mental Health

You might be surprised at some of your daily habits and lifestyle choices that could make you experience temporary symptoms that feel like anxiety.

Skipping meals: Waiting too long to eat or missing out on breakfast may lead to unsteady blood sugar levels, which can cause anxiety-like sensations, including shakiness, dizziness, confusion, and difficulty speaking. Prevent these blood sugar swings by eating frequent small meals and keeping snacks on hand.

Being dehydrated: Dehydration can cause more than just thirst and dry lips. It can also set the heart racing and make you feel light-headed and dizzy, all sensations that are common during anxiety attacks. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to stave off any “thirsty” mood swings.

Consuming caffeine: Many people depend on their morning coffee for a jolt of energy and to kick-start their powers of focus and attention. But since it is a stimulant, caffeine can also kick-start feelings of anxiety. The jitters, shakes, and irregular heart rhythm you might get after a dose of caffeine can feel an awful lot like a panic attack, especially if you are already susceptible. Caffeine is also a diuretic, meaning it makes you urinate more and can lead to dehydration (see above).

Drinking alcohol: Where caffeine shakes you up, alcohol often smoothes over the rough edges of anxiety – at least for a little while. But as you drink more – and as your body digests the alcohol – you can experience confusion and physical symptoms that resemble anxiety. For people with anxiety disorders, alcohol can become a problem especially when used as an emotional crutch or a way to “self-medicate” against their symptoms.

Smoking: Research has shown that many smokers have a history of anxiety disorder. This does not mean that cigarettes or nicotine cause anxiety. As with alcohol use, people with anxiety disorders may lean on alcohol as a crutch or self-medication. For some, smoking appears calming. But nicotine also ramps up blood pressure and heart rate, two physical symptoms that can mirror anxiety. Also, smokers with a history of anxiety disorders are less likely to quit, possibly because nicotine withdrawal symptoms can cause or worsen anxiety symptoms.

Texting at bedtime: In one research study, kids and teenagers who used computers or cell phones right before bedtime reported having a harder time falling asleep and staying asleep. Kids sent a staggering average of 34 texts or emails per night, with a monthly tally of around 3,000 bedtime messages! All of this nighttime stimulation leads to a loss of quality sleep, which can spill over into daylight hours and increase risks of learning disabilities, depression, and anxiety. Turning off the computer and phone long before bedtime can help children and adults to get a good night’s sleep and help everyone to better cope with the day to day stresses we face and have more energy for healthier habits.

Breathing unevenly: Meditation is often recommended as a way to soothe stress and anxiety. Steady, even, and mindful breathing may help to calm you, and uneven breathing can do the opposite. Hyperventilation (rapid, shallow breathing), holding the breath, and shortness of breath can be symptoms of anxiety as well as triggers.

Ignoring an unconscious cue: This is one of the “psychological factors” mentioned above. Sometimes an anxiety trigger is so subtle that you are completely unaware of anything associated with it. An anxiety cue (also called a conditioned stimulus) might be a scent, a song, a certain place you visit, or a particular situation. The link between these unconscious cues and anxiety could be rooted in a past trauma or anxious experience that you need to resolve or revisit. For example, if you notice that catching a whiff of a cleaning product or sanitizer seems to set off your anxiety symptoms, perhaps it comes from a childhood fear of dentists or doctors. Try to keep track of the moments when you feel the most anxious: Where are you when it happens? What’s going on around you? What do you hear, smell, or see?

More about the psychological causes of anxiety

90,000 Why does instant coffee make you sleepy?

Have you noticed that after a cup of instant coffee you feel sleepy? Do you think you have a special organism, hence such a strange reaction? Let’s open a secret: after such coffee everyone wants to sleep.

It would seem a paradox: you drink coffee to cheer up, but you get the opposite effect. In fact, the phenomenon is easily explained. You just need to get to the bottom of the composition and understand how it affects the body.

What is hidden in a coffee bean

So, a coffee bean consists of two parts: a shell and a kernel.When grain grows, two alkaloids (substances that affect the human nervous system) accumulate in it. The shell contains caffeine, and the core contains theobromine. If we brew coffee from whole, unprocessed beans, both alkaloids end up in it.

Once in the body, caffeine begins to act immediately. It constricts the vessels of all organs except the kidneys. Because of the narrowed blood vessels, the pressure rises, and we feel more alert.

After 20-25 minutes the effect of caffeine wears off.

Theobromine has the opposite effect.This alkaloid enters into action 25 minutes after entering the body and expands all vessels, except for the kidneys. The pressure drops, we relax and start nodding off.

Everything would be fine, but the narrowed vessels of the kidneys prevent them from working properly, disrupt water exchange. Therefore, in good coffee shops, along with a cup of coffee, they bring a glass of water. It is needed to prevent the blood flow from being disrupted.

Why is instant coffee worse than whole grain coffee?

What happens when we drink granulated coffee? During processing, the shell is separated from the grain – the caffeine component.This part is spent on medications that contain caffeine (citramone, ascofen, etc.). And only the core gets into the production of instant coffee.

For 10 years now, Americans have been pushing for granular coffee makers to declare that they are caffeine-free. So far unsuccessful. //

In any processed coffee, only 5-10% of the shell, so it does not invigorate.

What if I only drink whole grain coffee?

Even so, be prepared for theobromine effect.In some varieties, it comes a little later: after 30-35 minutes, but it always comes and lasts about an hour. Drinking water will shorten this stage.

Theobromine effect is also called the 30th kilometer effect. People, not knowing about the action of this alkaloid, find themselves in unpleasant and sometimes dangerous situations.

From the 30th to the 50th kilometer from the city limits, the maximum number of accidents involving trucks is noted. And the fault of this, it would seem, is a harmless “invigorating” drink. //

So, when going on a trip, do not drink coffee.Better to tip over a cup of strong green or black tea. Tea leaves also have caffeine, but no theobromine, so you won’t fall victim to the 30th kilometer effect. And even more so, do not touch instant coffee. It is better to drink it before bed to help you fall asleep easier.

And granulated coffee is also a balm for the soul. Thanks to decaffeinated coffee, they do not get a sharp jump in pressure and can enjoy their favorite drink as much as they want.

However, the effects of coffee on the body are not yet fully understood, so drink it with care.The choice is entirely yours, but the next time you decide to get a boost of vivacity in the morning, think once again – which drink to prefer?

It is always easy to prepare delicious aromatic coffee from beans in DeLongy or Philips Saeko automatic coffee machines for home and office.

90,000 Caffeine in tea: truth or fiction

What is caffeine?

Caffeine is an alkaloid, a “invigorating” substance found in plants that has the form of crystals and a bitter taste.Plants synthesize this substance to protect their leaves and stems from insects.

Caffeine acts as a stimulant for the nervous system. Therefore, after drinking coffee, you feel a surge of strength and a desire to act right now.

Is there caffeine in tea?

The caffeine content of tea depends on many conditions:

  • From the processing method. The highest concentration of caffeine will be found in the least processed tea.For example, in green kidney tea, the processing of which is focused only on drying.
  • From the region and place where the tea was grown. For example, if tea grew in a low-lying area where the land is depleted, then it will have less caffeine. In high-mountainous tea grown in an ideal, ecologically clean place, where the crop is harvested no more than twice a year, there will be more nutrients, including caffeine.
  • The level of caffeine in a mug of tea depends on how you are used to brewing tea.If you want to get a boost of energy in the middle of the working day, then brew black tea
    Curtis Earl Gray is a little longer than usual, about 6-7 minutes.
  • Young green and white teas, as well as pu-erh tea made from quality raw materials, give a greater invigorating effect.

We can say that each cup of tea is individual: each has a unique composition and concentration of caffeine. And in the same way, each type of tea has a different effect on our body and mood.

Where is more caffeine: coffee or tea

In 200 ml.green tea will contain 25 to 50 mg. caffeine, and in a cup of black tea of ​​the same volume – up to 60 mg. Moreover, in 200 ml. coffee can contain up to 160 mg. caffeine. The difference is enormous, and you don’t have to worry about the tea becoming addictive.

Tea contains 2-5% caffeine based on the total dry weight of tea leaves, while coffee contains 0.65-2.7%. But to make one serving of coffee, we need more ground grains than tea leaves to make a drink.Therefore, a large dose of caffeine enters the bloodstream from coffee. It should be noted that in coffee, caffeine is in its pure form, which guarantees an instant reaction of the body to the pathogen.

How does caffeine in tea work?

When our body gets caffeine, it starts producing adrenaline. Therefore, we get a little agitated after tea. The hormones testosterone and dopamine are also released, which gives us a good mood and a sense of satisfaction.And adenosine is responsible for blocking fatigue.

Tea has a very rich biochemistry. Theine in its composition is formed as a result of the breakdown of caffeine and tannin, so tea has a softer effect on the body and can be drunk every day. Also, tannin slows down the absorption of caffeine, which means you will feel vigorous long after you drink the drink.

Taine relieves us of fatigue and gives us a “second wind”: it stimulates the central nervous and cardiovascular systems.At the same time, tea can give us the opposite effect – relaxation. This is possible thanks to the L-theanine content in green tea. Therefore, tea fits perfectly into a balanced diet, while coffee only works as a stimulant.

How to recharge your energy for the whole day?

If you wake up in a bad mood, there is a proven way to switch to a positive wave. Our option is Curtis tea and a few minutes alone.

If you need to cheer up very quickly, make black Ceylon tea
Earl Gray Passion by Curtis.Not only caffeine will lift you out of bed, but also the aroma of juicy citrus! The second option is a cup of green tea
Delicate Mango with pineapple chunks and tropical mango aroma.

This time is just for you: drink tea with your favorite treat, imagine what your ideal day should be like. And make today just that! The anticipation of wonderful events will charge you even more, and all the peaks will conquer you.

Could a certain nutrient deficiency cause lightheadedness while losing weight?

I am currently on a slow diet to lose weight.I find it works well, but I often plateau. I am trying (and doing well, but very slowly) to get less than 15% body fat. I’ve been doing this for a while and it’s okay.

I have found that if I lose weight, I become delusional. Well, it’s actually not the same as “gotta eat now,” so I’ll call it “ plump ”. For example, on cheat day (sat), I will feel good. Likewise on Sunday. But by Thursday (today) I am feeling a little frivolous / fuzzy.I’d say it’s like being half hung, half low blood sugar.

Important Note : I doubt this is blood sugar. I checked my blood sugar (with a strip kit) about 8 times when I had this feeling, and it was always in the 95-130 range. My appetite doesn’t seem to have anything to do with it – my hunger levels tend to be quite low when I experience this feeling of confusion.Also, I don’t think it is hydration judging by the color of the urine. I drink about 48 ounces of water (coffee, tea) between 7am and 5pm and never get thirsty. I spoke to the doctor about this and he tested my blood … something … levels. Slightly elevated creatinine (sp?), But everything else is normal. He thought creatinine was nothing to worry about.

A typical day looks like this:

  • 7am: Protein shake, 45g protein, 16oz water, flaxseed
  • After 7am: 2 cups of coffee, black
  • 9:30 am: The feeling of a fuzzy head starts around her
  • 10:00 AM: Breakfast: 4-6 ounces of pork or chicken, 1/2 cup lentils, 1/2 cup spinach, 2 eggs
  • 2 PM: Lunch: Slow chili with 1.5 sec added (beans, beef , vegetables)
  • 5pm: The fluffy head feeling has been with me from 9:30 am so far.

I tried to solve this problem with vitamins (vitamin D or multivitamins) to no avail. I find it will go away if I get half an hour of aerobic activity like walking in the hills or swimming. Large doses of caffeine will also cleanse it (20 ounces of coffee). I want to avoid caffeine because it disrupts my sleep. Getting an hour in the gym in the morning is tricky.

My questions are: Could this be related to weight loss? For example, when I lose fat, does a byproduct get stuck in my blood and my kidneys aren’t filtering it out well? Could this be a particular nutrient that I am not getting enough (especially one that a typical multi would not care about)?

I’ve asked this on the SCD forums in the past, but haven’t really gotten a good answer.Hopefully SE network gives me better results.

90,000 celebrities who suffer from constant attacks of anxiety Famous people with obsessive compulsive disorder

Panic attack – an inexplicable and painful attack of anxiety and fear, accompanied by changes in the work of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. The reasons for this phenomenon are not fully understood, but most often it is observed against the background of chronic stress, which, in turn, is caused by various external factors.

Popularity is also a serious stress, so many celebrities do not hide the fact that they periodically suffer from such attacks. A selection of stars suffering from panic attacks – in the material.


The British singer behaves steadily on stage and has a masterful voice. It is difficult even to imagine that at this moment the star is experiencing a terrible attack of panic. As the performer admitted, her heart breaks with fear when she again finds herself in front of an audience of thousands.Once, due to a panic attack, the girl almost vomited right on the stage.

This moment became a little easier after the 2017 Grammy Awards. Then the singer admitted that “ as if hears God
”every time you listened to Adele’s compositions, and this dispelled the latter’s uncertainty.


Celebrities with panic attacks include the Hollywood actress, the “” and “” star. With a career in cinema, seizures did not stop completely, although they became much less common than in childhood.

“Panic attacks started out of the blue, whether I went to the board or chatted with my friends during recess. There is only one scenario: my heart began to pound madly, my temples squeezed, and I was ready to huddle in a corner, as long as no one touched me, ”the celebrity admitted.


An American actress experiences panic attacks before flying on airplanes, and this is not common. The celebrity starts to feel sick, dizzy, and every time “it seems that she is about to die.”The only remedy that helps the star to cope with the disease is songs.

“I know it’s not my destiny to die listening to Britney,” she jokes in an interview.


Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, the La La Landa star admitted that she has been suffering from panic attacks since she was 10 years old. As a child, the artist always thought that her loved ones were in mortal danger. The celebrity calmed down only after he called someone from his family and made sure that the iron was turned off, the wiring did not burn out, and the roof did not leak.

As Stone said, in order to overcome this unpleasant diagnosis, it took more than one year to visit a psychotherapist.


There are also stars suffering from mental disorders in Russia. So, he said that he was overcome by panic when it was necessary to send his spouse, the singer, alone on tour. He even had to see a doctor for insomnia and breathing problems.

“I used to drive in the car, run out, run down the street, because I feel bad and scared,” – producer.


In 2011 I was admitted to the hospital with panic disorder against the background of overwork and a busy work schedule. The artist had chest pain, fear and trembling. The star had to give up filming for a while and undergo medical treatment.


At the end of 2017, the ex-wife, model and designer, said that panic attacks had been tormenting her for a long time, and one of these happened to a girl with her second wife, Dmitry Anokhin.After a long day at work, the lovers decided to watch a TV show together:

“I am lying and I feel that I cannot breathe normally. I analyze my condition, my husband is trying to talk to me, joking, but I just do not perceive this information. And then it dawns on me that this is the fucking start of a panic attack, ”the model complained.

After that, Anokhina decided to adjust her schedule and not work seven days a week in order to avoid overwork and further seizures. In 2018, her condition returned to normal.

More than 40 million Americans suffer from some form of anxiety disorder. It can be very difficult for the average person who suffers from anxiety neurosis to live a normal and happy life. Now imagine that the one who suffers from anxiety is, on top of that, a famous person. Alas, there are quite a few celebrities suffering from anxiety neurosis.

Celebrities don’t live like normal people. Wherever they go, they are in the spotlight.When they are working – whether on a film set, concert or sports field – all eyes are on them. When they go to the store or take their kids to school, everyone looks only at them. They are under constant surveillance, and everything they do is usually recorded on a camera.

The presence of anxiety neurosis under these conditions can be very uncomfortable, to say the least. Many celebrities understand that it is futile to try to hide their frustrations, and so they talk about them openly.

Leanne Rimes

Lynn Rimes burst into the country music scene when she was just 14 years old. She was the youngest performer to be nominated for a Country Music Academy Award and was also the first country singer to receive a Grammy for Best New Musician in 1996. It all started a chain of travels and never-ending shows that eventually drained the singer. Right after her thirtieth birthday, Leanne went to a hospital for anxiety and stress.”Leanne volunteered for thirty days of inpatient treatment to deal with anxiety and stress,” her spokesperson told People magazine. He also said, “She went there just to learn and develop stress management mechanisms.”

Fred Durst

Fred Durst is the frontman of the new metal band Limp Bizkit. The group has been nominated for three Grammy Awards and has sold nearly 40 million records worldwide. During one of his interviews, Fred said: “There is an insecure part of me that transcends, and I am nervous about it.I do not know why this is happening, but I would like to overcome it, because it awakens in me a sense of anxiety. ” Fred is also known for being very sensitive to any type of stimulant like caffeine, for example. “I can’t even drink a whole can of Diet Coke, anything that contains caffeine makes me anxious. Even chocolate. ”

David Beckham

David Beckham is a very popular star in English football, he has twice won the second place in the competition for the title of the best player in the world.In 2004, David was the highest paid footballer. In a television interview in the UK, David admitted to suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). He said that before he can stay in a hotel room, all the flyers and books must be put in a drawer. David said, “I have to arrange everything in a straight line, or everything has to have a pair. I put Pepsi cans in the refrigerator, and if there are too many of them, I put them in some cabinet. ”

Kim Basinger

Kim Basinger is an American actress, singer and former model.She has starred in dozens of films and won Golden Globe and Academy Awards. When she was just 20 years old, before she became a celebrity, Kim experienced her first panic attack while in a grocery store. Kim discussed her social anxiety and panic attacks in HBO’s special Panic: A Movie about Overcoming Stress. Kim said that after her first panic attack at the grocery store, she went home and did not go outside for six months.Kim said, “I have lived with fear throughout my life, fear of being in public, leading to anxiety or panic attacks. I stayed in my house and literally cried every day.


Adele Adkins is a famous English singer and songwriter. She became the first woman in the history of the Billboard charts to hit the top ten on three singles while she topped the charts. Adele told Q Magazine that she suffers from extreme nervousness and finds it difficult to perform in front of an audience.Adele stated that she experiences fear and an increased heartbeat in front of a large audience, she was constantly afraid that she would run away from the stage. She remembered her past, the times when she became so nervous that she began to vomit, and she ran down the fire escape from the crowd. Adele said: “I have anxiety attacks, I panic all the time on stage. It seems as if my heart will explode, because I always think that I will not be able to cope. ”

Emma Stone

Emma Stone is an American actress.In 2007, she made her film debut in Superbaddies. Since then, she has performed several major roles in Hollywood blockbusters. In 2010, she received a Golden Globe for Best Actress. Emma said in an interview with Vogue magazine that she started having panic attacks when she was eight years old: “I was just paralyzed from it. I didn’t want to visit my friends or go out with someone. ” Emma says she still has panic attacks from time to time, but has learned to channel her feelings into work.

Kate Moss

Kate Moss is an English model and actress. She rose to fame in the modeling business in the early 90s. In 2007, Time magazine named Kate one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Kate is considered by many to be the main British fashion icon. In 1992, Kate participated in the Calvin Klein lingerie collection when she first experienced anxiety. Kate said in an interview with Vanity Fair that she had a nervous breakdown while filming: “I couldn’t get out of bed for two weeks and I thought I was going to die.”Kate went to the doctor and was prescribed Valium. With the help of a friend, Kate discovered that she was suffering from anxiety disorders.

Howie Mandel

Howie Mandel is a famous Canadian comedian and actor. He is also well known for his hermaphobia, fear of germs. Howie doesn’t shake hands with people unless he’s wearing latex gloves. He has hosted various game shows over the years and instead of shaking hands with the contestants, he bangs his fist against his fist. While appearing on The Howard Stern Show on radio, Howie said that he shaves his head for this reason.This makes him feel cleaner. Howie also said that the only bathroom he can use is his own.

Woody Allen

Woody Allen is a renowned American actor, screenwriter and director. In the early 60s, Woody began his career as a stand-up comedian. Woody was ranked # 4 on Comedy Central’s list of the 100 Best Comics of All Time. Woody’s Hollywood career spans over five decades and continues to this day. Woody often plays an anxious Jewish character, and many of his ideas come from his anxious battle in real life.Woody told the BBC that he makes films as a distraction from “depression, fear and anxiety.” He also noted, “All my life I have constantly struggled with all kinds of depression, fear and anxiety.” He said: “I make films because if I don’t make them, then nothing can distract me.”

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp is an American actor and producer. He is one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. Johnny has starred in dozens of blockbusters. His many accomplishments include a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor.Johnny’s anxiety is very well researched, as he talks about it in his numerous interviews. Johnny suffers from social anxiety disorder and pathological fear of clowns. Johnny told reporters: “It’s all about the painted face, the fake smile, it seems that under this mask there is always darkness.”

Can be continued for a long time. In addition, society seems to have finally matured the idea that diseases of the soul are no less serious, but no more shameful than physical ones.

Among Russian famous people, on the contrary, it is not customary to speak frankly about their problems “with their heads”. However, this does not mean that domestic stars are less likely to become patients in psychiatric hospitals.

So, here is a story about 10 domestic celebrities who at different times and for different reasons resorted to the professional help of psychiatrists.

Andrey Krasko, manic psychosis

The famous theater and film actor Andrei Krasko was in the clinic for the mentally ill during his years of study at the theater institute.The actor voluntarily turned to psychiatrists because of strong worries about his collapsed marriage. Krasko’s wife went to his friend, their classmate Igor Sklyar. Andrei was diagnosed with manic psychosis.

Then began long conversations with doctors, taking potent drugs and hypnosis sessions. However, the actor managed not only to recover, but also to benefit by forging on the clinic’s letterhead “liberation” from unloved subjects at the university. The fictitious certificate allowed him to no longer visit political economy and party history – remnants of the Soviet regime.

Viktor Sukhorukov, alcohol psychosis

Viktor Sukhorukov, who became famous thanks to the films of Alexei Balabanov “Brother” (on the site you can read about how the actors of the film have changed over 20 years) and “Brother-2”, are known personally in the Bekhterev psychiatric clinic. It was there that the actor underwent long-term treatment for metal-alcohol psychosis, or simply “delirium tremens”.

Viktor Sukhorukov himself explains his stay in the Bekhterev clinic with an emotionally difficult role in the film “About Freaks and People”: the actor’s character was a rare bastard, the game was extremely difficult.

The actor began to drink first at home and then at work, pouring alcohol into a bottle labeled “Kefir”. Finding himself in a psychiatric hospital, Sukhorukov bounced back for a long time. However, it was at that moment that the actor made a promise to himself to give up alcohol forever. Viktor Sukhorukov has been leading a sober lifestyle for almost 20 years.

Irina Dubtsova, neurosis

In 2010, with a diagnosis of “neurosis” in the psychiatric clinic. Solovyova hit singer Irina Dubtsova. The girl was brought to a nervous breakdown by turmoil in her personal life: at that time, Dubtsova met with businessman Tigran, whose ex-wife Zhanna was pretty annoying for the lovers.

The man could not put an end to the divorce proceedings. Irina constantly received threatening calls. Unable to withstand the psychological onslaught of her rival, the singer went to the hospital to put her nerves in order. Today Dubtsova feels well: neurosis, as well as the failed romance with Tigran, are left far behind.

Vasily Stepanov, manic depression

The star of the film “Inhabited Island” by Fyodor Bondarchuk, the young actor Vasily Stepanov, could not stand the ordeal of fame.As soon as interest in Stepanov began to fade, the actor slipped into a state of constant melancholy. In 2010, he was undergoing treatment for manic depression at a neuropsychiatric clinic.

In 2017, Vasily Stepanov fell out of the window of his house twice. Ultimately, Moscow psychiatrists diagnosed him with schizophrenia and insisted on admitting him to a mental hospital. However, the actor’s mother said that she would cure her son at home, and took him away on a subscription basis.The actor himself, by the way, considers himself healthy, and his falls are accidents.

Lolita Milyavskaya, depression

Lolita Milyavskaya is a frequent visitor to the legendary clinic No. Alekseeva (“Kashchenko”). For the first time with depression in a hospital, the singer and presenter fought in 2000, during the divorce proceedings with Alexander Tsekalo.

Now Lolita regularly contacts Kashchenko’s specialists. “A terrible overwork brings me to the hospital,” the singer explains.

Dima Bilan, nervous breakdown

Dima Bilan also had a chance to spend some time in Kashchenko. It is known that after the funeral of his producer and patron Yuri Aizenshpis, the singer immediately canceled the contract with his production center.

Many of Bilan’s colleagues strongly condemned this behavior, openly calling the singer a traitor. According to friends, Dima was very worried about this situation and decided to voluntarily “surrender” to the doctors. Yana Rudkovskaya helped the singer finally restore mental health.

Viktor Tsoi, manic-depressive psychosis

For a month and a half with a diagnosis of manic-depressive psychosis, Viktor Tsoi was in hospital No. 2, located in St. Petersburg on the embankment of the Pryazhka River. It was in this institution that the leader of the “Kino” group was born the text of the legendary song “Tranquilizer”.

Viktor Tsoi – “Tranquilizer”

However, according to the musician’s friends, the diagnosis was fictitious. Tsoi was just trying to get away from the army. By the time he received the summons, the musician was already quite famous and simply could not leave his group for two long years.

In addition, it was believed at that time that conscripts with eastern appearance had a higher chance of getting into Afghanistan, where the war was going on at that time.

Sergey Zhigunov, depression

The famous actor, producer and film director Sergei Zhigunov turned to psychiatrists during his divorce from his wife Vera Novikova. The fact is that from 2006 to 2008, the artist had an affair with Anastasia Zavorotnyuk, and he in all seriousness planned to leave his family and link his future life with the “wonderful nanny”.

However, a long-term marriage was not so easy to destroy: Zhigunov began to suffer from surges in pressure, the actor was constantly depressed, depressed. In the hospital. Vishnevsky Zhigunov underwent a rehabilitation course, including massages, baths and supportive therapy sessions.

It is interesting that the mirror situation – a break with Anastasia Zavorotnyuk and return to the bosom of the family – the actor passed without the help of doctors and harm to mental health.The editors of the site notes that for Zavorotnyuk, the role of Vika’s nanny has so far remained the most stellar.

Natalia Nazarova, schizophrenia

In the 70-80s of the last century, Natalya Nazarova was one of the most successful comedic actresses in Soviet cinema. She starred in Nikita Mikhalkov (Verochka from “Unfinished Piece for Mechanical Piano”), Peter Todorovsky (Lucy in “Beloved Woman of Mechanic Gavrilov”).

Alas, now the once popular actress is struggling with the disease without any support – she was fired from the theater, no one has offered film roles for a long time.Today Natalya Nazarova lives alone in her apartment on the outskirts of the capital.

Vlad Topalov, depression due to drug addiction

Former member of the group Smash! and Sergei Lazarev’s stage partner is one of the few artists who do not hesitate to speak openly about the need for timely referral to psychiatrists. According to Vlad Topalov, against the background of long-term drug addiction, he had thoughts of suicide more than once.

Vlad completed a full course of rehabilitation in one of the private psychiatric dispensaries and completely “tied up” with psychotropic substances.“I realized that it’s much cooler to talk about it absolutely sincerely, honestly, and be proud that everything is in the past” – the singer is sure.


Rapper Oxxxymiron openly spoke about his illness in the song “Bipolar”. He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when he dropped out of university after his first year due to depression engulfing him. Doctors prescribed pills to Miron, but the rapper refused to drink them and subsequently did not change his mind. Although he himself is not sure of the accuracy of the diagnosis, he admits that all his life he balances between periods of “mania” (excessive excitement) and “depression” (extreme depression).

Oksimiron – Bipolar (2017)

As you can see, fame often goes hand in hand with difficult trials, and not everyone finds the strength to cope with them. The editors of the site invites you to read about foreign stars who passed away too early.
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World Mental Health Day is celebrated annually on 10 October. One of its many goals is to help the public learn more about the so-called borderline mental disorders: depression, phobias, neuroses.In many countries (and Russia is a vivid example), such diseases are still stigmatized, considered something of a whim, and are actively hiding from others by the patients themselves. As a treatment, well-wishers often advise sufferers to “pull themselves together,” and they, in turn, do not dare to admit the problem and go to the doctors. “Lenta.ru” has collected stories of world celebrities who told the public about their own experience in dealing with such ailments.

In everyday life, the word “depression” is easily thrown around.Many people call this any deterioration in mood: returned to work from vacation – depression, autumn began – depression. In fact, this disease is not limited to a bad mood, but has a whole range of symptoms: headaches, insomnia, general weakness, and indigestion. Well, the emotional state can be so difficult that the patient scrolls suicidal thoughts in his head, refuses to get out of bed in the morning; periods of complete lethargy are followed by tides of tearfulness, anger, or irritation.Prolonged depression without treatment can lead to disability and complete desocialization.

About 19 million people are treated for depression annually in the United States. Despite their fame and financial well-being, Hollywood stars are familiar with depression: the disease does not choose whether a person is rich or poor, famous or not.

Actor Jim Carrey, for example, although he built his entire career on the ability to amuse people, knows very well what a pathological blues is. She has stalked him for years.Jim believes that the whole thing is in a difficult childhood with a sick mother and an unemployed father: such a life left an imprint of eternal sadness in the soul.

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Celebrities, even more than mere mortals, tend to feel guilty about their depression. “I felt that I had no right to complain. I’m so successful, I’m so lucky, ”says actress Winona Ryder. She learned what depression is in her youth, after parting with her first love, Johnny Depp.When the whole world considered her the favorite of fortune, she hardly forced herself to leave the house. By the way, Depp also mentioned in an interview about his own struggle with depression at different periods of his life, but he chose not to go into details.

Before becoming a world famous writer, J.K. Rowling divorced her husband. Left alone, without a livelihood, with a child in her arms, she plunged into depression so deep that she thought about suicide. Rowling often recalls those dark times, but does not blame himself.

But actress Halle Berry fell into depression and thought about suicide after her first divorce in 1996. She even began to put her plan into action: she got into a car parked in the garage, started the engine and closed all the windows to choke on the exhaust gases. But I remembered about the mother and how much she spent on raising her daughter, and was horrified by her own idea. The star chose the path of psychotherapy and medication for depression.

Like ordinary people, celebrities suffer from depression after the death of loved ones.Rapper Kanye West learned what suicidal thoughts are after his mother died in 2007. When Angelina Jolie’s mother was carried away by a long-term cancer disease in 2008, the actress fell into severe pathological apathy. “I couldn’t get up in the morning and felt like I was in some dark, gloomy place,” she later recalled.

Many healthy people tend to seek adrenaline in extreme sports, but the life of those who are familiar with the concept of “panic attack”, and so it is a continuous roller coaster.For some, uncontrollable attacks of intense fear occur after suffering stress and in strictly defined circumstances, while for others they become a bolt from the blue.

In the United States, about 40 million adults suffer from various forms of anxiety-panic disorder. They know that palpitations, dizziness, feeling short of breath, and incessant worrying thoughts can make life absolutely unbearable.

Actress Amanda Seyfried regularly visits a psychotherapist who teaches her how to deal with panic attacks.Progress, according to the star, is evident, but it has not yet been possible to completely overcome anomalous fears. She is especially disturbed by unreasonable disturbing thoughts that come from nowhere: “I think and analyze too much. Suddenly I start to worry about my parents or my dog. Or I imagine that I can open the window and fall out of it, ”admitted Amanda.

Actress Lena Dunham also suffers from panic attacks and obsessive black thoughts. “Once I thought: here, in two years I will be 30, then in 10 years – 40, then 50.I could not sleep all night, ”Lena said in an interview. How is she doing? He says that people with borderline mental disorders definitely need physical activity.

“I know it pisses me off when they tell you to go in for sports. It took me 16 years to listen to advice, before that I only drank medicine. Don’t do it for your butt, but for your brains, ”says Dunham of fitness.

Other stars who are struggling with anxiety and panic disorder include singers Rita Ora, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, actress Emma Stone, actor Johnny Depp.

Bipolar disorder, manic depression – Approximately 10 million Americans live with this diagnosis. In this disease, phases of strong emotional upsurge, not familiar to healthy people, are replaced by depression and loss of strength.

Actress and singer Demi Lovato did not know she had bipolar disorder until she was hospitalized in a rehabilitation center for anorexia and self-mutilation. “I didn’t understand what was wrong with me, although I had suffered from depression since childhood.I didn’t tell anyone about how I felt, I was self-medicating, ”she admits. According to the star, now after treatment, she is much better, and the doctors’ explanations help her to control her condition.

Manic depression was also diagnosed in actress Catherine Zeta-Jones. After marrying Michael Douglas and starring in the hit Zorro, Katherine was the epitome of the Hollywood celestial. But in 2011, she had to go to the clinic, because it was impossible to cope with painful mood swings on her own.Zeta-Jones is one of those stars who, from the very first days, did not hide mental illness from the press.

Jean-Claude Van Damme, the embodiment of strength and endurance on the screen, is not so invulnerable in life. Four divorces, drug addiction. The Bloodsport star and Universal Soldier developed bipolar disorder and had to start taking medication.

Depression and anxiety disorders are often accompanied by phobias such as claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces) and agoraphobia (fear of open spaces).In the second case, fears can force a person to stay at home constantly. It happened with actress Kim Basinger, when her career was at its zenith and fans had no doubt that there was no more beautiful and successful woman in the world. The first panic attack hit her like snow on her head as the star of 9 1/2 Weeks was shopping at the supermarket. The attacks were repeated and were so severe that Basinger became afraid to go outside. She developed both agoraphobia and depression. The actress turned to a psychotherapist for help.

Social phobia is a persistent, irrational fear of any public activity, any exit to people. It seems to the patients that every passer-by on the street looks at them appraisingly. It seems that celebrities who are accustomed to attention should be insured against such a misfortune. But this is not so: social anxiety, for example, overcomes the singer Adele before each appearance on the stage. The fear of public speaking developed in her long before fame, and the stage did not help in any way.

This cider is characterized by obsessive thoughts.You can temporarily get rid of the anxiety caused by them only by performing certain “ritual” actions. For example, the OCD of football player David Beckham is associated with order: everything in the house should be in pairs, odd numbers give him discomfort. The athlete constantly shifts objects in the hotel rooms where he stops: only by arranging brochures, towels and other things in the order he needs, he can relax.

Leonardo DiCaprio has suffered from OCD since childhood. He cannot easily walk down the sidewalk – for peace of mind he needs to step on every crack and chewing gum.

“I remember being 10 minutes late for an appointment because I missed some crack or gum and had to go back,” Leo admitted. The symptoms of the disease were aggravated when the actor played Howard Hughes in the movie “Aviator” – his character suffered from severe OCD, and DiCaprio got used to the image properly …

One of the most common phobias haunts many celebrities. Neither first-class flights nor their own jets help: the skies cause attacks of severe fear in many.Actress Whoopi Goldberg admitted in 2011 that she had not stepped on a plane for 30 years. A program for aerophobes developed by psychotherapists helped her part with buses and trains.

All the stars who have learned from their own experience what a mental illness is, have one thing in common: they took medical help. Many of them deliberately told their stories to the press so that others would not be ashamed of their illness and understand that no medical problem can and should not be considered shameful.

In society, mental disorders are still considered a sign of social and physical inferiority.The cult of happiness and well-being further exacerbates the problem: to ask for help is to admit that you are a failure. However, mental disorders do not mean failure at all. An example of this is the many successful and famous people who openly admitted their illness. We will talk about them in our material.

Catherine Zeta-Jones Bipolar Disorder

In 2013, Michael Douglas, Katherine’s husband, confirmed rumors about his intention to divorce the actress: “I can no longer tolerate global depression due to Katherine’s illness.”Zeta-Jones has been treated for two years for bipolar personality disorder, a disease in which affective states (emotional ups) alternate with unreasonable energy dips, depression and depression. Fortunately, the couple managed to overcome the crisis in their relationship.

“Bipolar disorder is a disease that has been found in millions of people, and I am just one of them. If my public confession of this diagnosis has inspired at least one person to seek help, then it will be worth it.There is no need to suffer in silence: there is nothing shameful in asking for help, ”said the actress.

Shinnaid O’Connor, bipolar disorder

In November 2015, the singer, who has long suffered from manic-depressive psychosis, attempted suicide. Shinnayd was saved thanks to a Facebook post she left the day before: “Nobody supported me. I think I’ve already died of pain a million times. My family doesn’t appreciate me at all. They wouldn’t have known I was dead for a few more weeks, so I’m reporting it now. ”

While the singer is under the supervision of doctors. She had previously been admitted to the hospital several times because of her diagnosis. O’Connor’s relatives asked the Facebook administration to temporarily block her account in order to avoid increased attention and misinterpretation.

A few days ago, the singer asked for help again. Sinead O “Connor posted an emotional video message on her Facebook page about mentally ill people, loneliness and suicidal thoughts that thrilled her colleagues and fans.

The singer claims that she lives alone in a motel in New Jersey, and in her life there is no one but a psychotherapist. She regularly has suicidal thoughts.

This is not life, – says O “Connor. She adds that she lives only for the sake of her son. Recall that two years ago she was deprived of custody of a 13-year-old boy.

I’m not alive for my own sake. If it had been for me, I would have gone to my mother long ago! Because I’ve been walking the earth all alone for two years now, as if punished for this damn mental disorder.And I’m just angry that no one cares about me. Mainly because of my suicidality.

Charlize Theron obsessive-compulsive disorder

The diagnosis of the Hollywood beauty is better known to society under the name “obsessive-compulsive disorder.” The actress does not hide the problem, stating, “I have obsessive-compulsive disorder and it’s not fun! I always have to be incredibly disciplined and organized, otherwise it starts to affect my brain. ”

Barbra Streisand, fear of public speaking

It is difficult to imagine that a person whose life is built on publicity is afraid to speak in front of the audience.However, this disorder once jeopardized the career of Barbra Streisand.

Failures in my personal life and poverty even caused suicidal thoughts, but a small child and creativity helped to maintain the will to live: “I stopped pretending to myself that I was different from what I really was, and began to channel all my energy to complete the only job that meant something to me. I freed myself because my biggest fear was realized and I was still alive, I still had a daughter I adored, I had an old typewriter and a big idea.And so the stone bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life. ”

Halle Berry Depression

At 23, Halle Berry was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. This disease requires careful attitude to one’s health, strict adherence to diets and regular injections of insulin. Was it easy for a successful model and actress to overpower her habits? Alas, for this Holly had to go through 3 diabetic comas.

Gwyneth Paltrow, postpartum depression

The actress faced depression after giving birth to her first child in 2004.Later in an interview for Vogue, she admits: “I expected to feel a wave of tenderness and euphoria. Instead, I faced one of the darkest and most painfully grueling chapters of my life. For about five months, as I see it now, in retrospect, I suffered from. ”

As it turned out, this condition is not always accompanied by tears or refusal to take care of the newborn. Gwyneth says that she performed all the duties of a young mother, but did not feel anything, “was like a zombie.” Fortunately, ex-husband Chris Martin helped Paltrow regain his peace of mind, and two years later, the couple had another baby.

Stephen Fry, bipolar disorder

The witty and outrageous English writer and actor also lives with bipolar disorder, about which he filmed the documentary “Mad Depression with Stephen Fry” (2006). He also did not hesitate to tell in an interview about how in 2012 he tried to commit suicide by drinking a large number of sleeping pills with vodka.

“I am a victim of my own mood, and I am much more susceptible to mood swings than most people.Therefore, I sometimes have to take pills. If I don’t do this, I become either too depressed, or, conversely, too overexcited, ”says Fry, and his words perfectly describe the symptoms of the disease.


Antidepressant therapy is the most difficult area of ​​psychopharmacology. Sometimes people just declare a desire to “get out of depression”, but in fact it is for them a “dear mother”.

Want to know more about bipolar disorder? Watch Fry’s movie.In 2007, he won an Emmy Award for Best Documentary of the Year.