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Coffee reduces depression risk

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Nielk, Sep 27, 2011.

  1. Nielk

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    I know that coffee increases dopamine in the brain. I wouldn't be surprised if this has to do with a decreased depression risk.
     
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    I wonder if there are confounding factors here.

    eg: Maybe those with more active and pleasurable lives drink more coffee? Or maybe those who don't drink any coffee might be more likely to be socially isolated?

    It could well be that coffee itself has some affect, but those are some of the sorts of factors that I'd like to see a study like this try to account for.
     
  4. Nielk

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    Esther,

    Don't ruin my fun. I'm so happy I have a good reason now to drink my coffee. Besides, it definitely helps with my headaches.
     
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    Fun sounds like the best way of avoiding depression!

    I've been off caffeine since getting ill - it makes me feel really buzzy and strange. Maybe I should give it another go - I always had a sense that feeling the strange was probably a bad sign. Maybe not though - as recreational drugs go, it's probably a pretty safe way of getting a high!
     
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    I feel fine with it as long as I don't overdue it. I usually will have two cups a day. Like you said, it's nice to have something we enjoy for a change.
     
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    I've hardly had coffee since I've been pregnant due to heart palpitations. I miss it so much but at least I have broken the addiction cycle! When I used to work, every meeting with a client was over coffee. Five expressos a day would really get you buzzing :D
     
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    glenp "and this too shall pass"

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    I have just restarted it after about 15 years off. The last 8 years i had tea and that seemed to help headaches. I am was hoping the caffeine would help with being upright and now I have to see if I can take it without payback. For years i avoided things like salt only to find that I need it to hold fluids, so what is one mans poison is some else's medicine...or so it would seem
     
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    yes well coffee increases seizures too, so Ill pass..
     
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    Thanks - I had one today after reading this :)
     
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    The most depressed people I've ever known (admittedly not too many) drank the most coffee I've ever seen anyone drink. They never let their cup/mug get empty while at the same time puffing on another relentless cigarette!

    Perhaps my small anecdotal 'trial' amounts for zilch - lol!
     
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    coffee is too much caffeine at one go for me, but I find that tea does me good. a vasoconstrictor, it could help with OI. then again, it's also a diuretic, so could go the other way for some.

    I never heard about seizures, but caffeine can either help or trigger a migraine (related, at least some kinds are)
     

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