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Caffeine and Social Anxiety


Has anyone else noticed a lift in social confidence and mood after a coffee?

I used to use it, but now only do it in emergencies because it's super addictive.

I think it might have medical benefit for SA at least to get things going. I'm not sure if it intoxicates though. I know it helped me a bit to continue working when my SA was bad and I still use it if it's urgent. But hardly anymore.

But the downside is once you stop you'll get depressed for a few days or so and it's really addictive. It might not suit some people mentally either. I started getting paranoid too. But I used too much I think.

More of a crutch. A support. Not a permanent solution I found.

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No I dont need it as when I have coffee its a latte.
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Yeah i noticed that too
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I dont find it addictive. I go through phases where I drink it regularly until I have a bad experience. there is sometimes a feeling of heart awareness or just anxious energy that it produces which I dont enjoy. I read that its good for your arteries or something, but yeah the feeling can be not fun. prevents me from sleeping now and then.

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I can't say I've noticed tbh. I tend to drink tea at home but for a while there I was having lots of cups of coffee after my morning tea and it didn't seem to do anything. I don't think it has much of an effect on me - I can basically have tea or coffee just before going to bed and still go straight off to sleep.
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I actually thought coffee was supposed to do the opposite and make you feel more anxious. I drink such strong black coffee I think I’m immune to caffeine now. Keep drinking it if it works for you 🙂
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My body is basically immune to caffeine. Until recently, I was drinking like 4x the recommended maximum daily dose, and I'd been doing that for like over 30 years. I thought cutting back to one cup a day would help, but I haven't really noticed any difference. I don't think it impacted my anxiety at all.

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A little. Definitely doesn't make a huge difference for me.

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It helps more on a empty or semi empty stomach. My eye contact is sharp and I'm quite social with coffee. It has an energy burst, and induces a bowel movement to increase a more relaxed state of mind. It is euphoric which is why I stopped using it on a daily basis. But it did help me when I was depressed and socially anxious. If you drink too much it won't work. It also shuts out your thoughts so you can concentrate on what the person is saying so there is no internal: "noise"
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I like to have tea in the morning and I think it does help boost my mood because I'm grouchy right after I wake up in the morning and need some energy.
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Yeah. You would think that caffeine would be a real no no for anxiety but it actually helps me I think. For one thing I usually feel like crap and caffeine makes me feel good so when you feel good, your mood is better. When your mood is better, your brain works better. Etc.

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It has no affect on me except making me more alert.


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Yup, coffee and energy drinks work. Soda doesn't work in my experience.

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Has anyone else noticed a lift in social confidence and mood after a coffee?

I used to use it, but now only do it in emergencies because it's super addictive.

I think it might have medical benefit for SA at least to get things going. I'm not sure if it intoxicates though. I know it helped me a bit to continue working when my SA was bad and I still use it if it's urgent. But hardly anymore.

But the downside is once you stop you'll get depressed for a few days or so and it's really addictive. It might not suit some people mentally either. I started getting paranoid too. But I used too much I think.

More of a crutch. A support. Not a permanent solution I found.

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Reading this post made me want to go drink a Bang.

And yes me too. Coffie gives me intense euphoria making me super happy but anxiety is still there. HOwever when i drink "BANG" energy drink it reduces my anxiety. However i build tolerance pretty fast so i have lay off it for a week to get it back. I just took some right now, ran down to the store real quick ;-D
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Not really...

But I'm not doubting it, I just don't drink real coffee usually, I prefer 3 in 1 coffee or tea... (Mostly herbal or some kind fruit ones)

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