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Caffeine-induced anxiety disorder - CBT Kenya
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Caffeine-induced anxiety disorder – CBT Kenya

Caffeine-Induced Anxiety Disorder typically presents with symptoms similar to panic attacks or generalized anxiety. This can be diagnosed when there is evidence from the history, physical examination, or laboratory findings suggesting that anxiety developed within one month of caffeine intoxication.

Caffeine is the most popular and widely-used drug in the world. It is highly consumed for a variety of reasons. It is thought to induce mild substance dependence as evidenced by the development of tolerance, withdrawal, and difficulty cutting down or eliminating its use.

Caffeine also produces apparent benefits such as increased alertness, attention, and cognitive function, while elevating mood. However, in large amounts can induce severe or chronic anxiety in some individuals, in which case medical attention is often required.

Symptoms of Caffeine-induced anxiety disorder

  • Restlessness – The person with caffeine induced anxiety disorder would feel discomfort throughout the day and would not be able to put focus unless his addiction is fulfilled.
  • Increased Heart Beat – Persons with this anxiety disorder are likely to have increased heart rate and issues with breathing.
  • Insomnia – These people are unable to have a proper sleep. Caffeine affects the sleep routine and an addicted person faces a lot of trouble falling asleep at night.
  • Nervousness – This is common for people having caffeine addiction. They are more nervous when they are unable to fulfil their desire for caffeine.
  • High caffeine intake has also been shown to raise blood pressure during exercise in healthy people, as well as in those with mildly elevated blood pressure. Therefore, paying attention to the dosage and timing of caffeine is important, especially if you already have high blood pressure.
  • Increased urination is a common side effect of high caffeine intake due to the compound’s stimulatory effects on the bladder. You may have noticed that you need to urinate frequently when you drink more coffee or tea than usual.


The solution is to reduce the amount of caffeine consumed. Stay aware of the amount of caffeine you are consuming to avoid going over the recommended daily intake. Try to replace coffee, tea, and sodas with other drinks or decaffeinated substitutes.

Caffeine-induced anxiety disorder is a real condition but it is not a severe one. Too much caffeine can lead to this disorder in many individuals. But usually the treatment is not a difficult one. One should always develop healthy dietary habits to avoid health issues of all sorts. For example, staying hydrated and eating balanced food can do wonders to keep you healthy and happy.


There’s an association between caffeine consumption and anxiety including caffeine-induced anxiety disorder. Yet, for most people, moderate caffeine intake is safe and may have benefits. Cutting back or eliminating caffeine from your diet quickly can lead to withdrawal symptoms, which can also be anxiety producing. If you feel that your anxiety is increasing due to caffeine, or it’s making you feel anxious, speak to your doctor about the right amount for you.

CBT-Kenya (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-Kenya) counseling center offers counseling and therapy sessions for persons from all walks of life. We focus on helping clients gain insight into themselves by going through a healing process. Our purpose is to help you to achieve your therapeutic and life goals, to improve the quality of your life and to help you to build strong relationships in your life. Get in touch or book an appointment on +254 739 935 333, +254 756 454 585 or info@cbtkenya.org.

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