If you are addicted to caffeine like I am, you come to realize that going without is not easy. And now it’s being called a “mental disorder”.
The American Psychiatric Association says “caffeine intoxication” is a state that can be brought on by as little as three cups of coffee. Do these symptoms sound familiar?
restlessness, nervousness, excitement, insomnia, flushed face, diuresis (having to pee a lot), gastrointestinal disturbance, muscle twitching, rambling flow of thought and speech, tachycardia or cardiac arrhythmia, periods of inexhaustibility or psychomotor agitation (unintentional motion, say rapidly bouncing one leg).
Sure. When I was in my early stages of coffee drinking. But now? Hell I can drink six pots before I hit those symptoms. But the APA says it’s not so much the going up as the coming down.
Here’s Dr. Charles O’Brien:
Caffeine is a drug, a mild stimulant, which is used by almost everybody on a daily basis, but it does have a letdown afterwards. If you drink a lot of coffee, at least two or three [eight ounce] cups at a time, there will be a rebound or withdrawal effect.