Child adolescent adult caffeine mental health

Quitting caffeine is now listed as a mental health disorder . Many people that try to quit caffeine have excruciating headaches that can last 2-10 days .

Caffeine is now becoming an official mental health disorder in the American Psychiatric Association’s Statistical manual of mental health disorders . The two new diagnosis include : caffeine intoxication as well as caffeine withdrawal . These two conditions are considered mental health disorders when they interfere or impair a persons ability to function in daily life . Caffeine intoxication and withdrawal both happen quite often however it is rare that it becomes a significant impairment such that it is considered a mental health diagnosis that requires counseling or treatment . Critics believe we should not be labeling every activity that on turn will turn everyone into a patient that needs treatment either therapy , counseling , and or medication .

Advocates state that many children teens and adults go to their doctor for headaches thinking they have the flu and the reality is that it was from caffeine withdrawal .

Some experts suggest individuals that have : anxiety , high blood pressure , diabetes , insomnia , and those that feel jittery should avoid or scale back on caffeine intake .

Caffeine intoxication is defined as having five out of 12 symptoms: restlessness , flushed face , insomnia , nervousness , muscle twitching , irregular heart beating, rambling speech or flow of thoughts .

Caffeine withdrawal diagnosis as a mental health diagnosis states a client must have five symptoms within twenty four hours of stopping or a reduction in caffeine consumption . The symptoms for withdrawal : headache , fatigue , drowsiness , depressed mood , irritability , difficulty concentrating , muscle pain , flu like symptoms , and nausea .

Caffeine withdrawal typically begin within twelve hours after consumption at peaks at twenty four hours after consumption . Symptoms typically disappear in one week .

Counseling helps clients track their consumption and track the frequency as well as how many milligrams they are consuming . Counseling can then get the client to gradually reduce the amount they are consuming .

Limiting caffeine intake to 100 mg can help as well as drinking at irregular intervals .

Articles are not to be taken as a substitute for professional advice or counseling.