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I have been taking my meds like I am supposed to and they do help. But for some reason, the only thing that really does the trick right now is coffee. It ups my mood, makes depression go away. It makes fatigue go away. I read a study that found that bipolar patients that drank coffee had a decreased chance of suicide compared to those that dont drink coffee. Why does coffee make me feel so good but other people it just gives them more energy? I'm ordering a mug off amazon that says "RX: Coffee." Thought it would be fitting,

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I also find caffeine to be a really big help. It stimulates and motivates, plus coffee just tastes good. I actually find that, especially with hot coffee, it somehow manages to be both stimulating and relaxing.  Maybe it's a placebo effect?  I don't know.  I do know that coffee, since you can somewhat control your dose, is more predictable and fast acting than most prescription psych meds.

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On 1/24/2018 at 10:24 PM, Rabbity9 said:

 I actually find that, especially with hot coffee, it somehow manages to be both stimulating and relaxing.  

 

I'm the same way. I think it's a combination of hot coffee being comforting and, for me, the slight stimulant boost helps me feel less overwhelmed and to process my thoughts more rationally, which helps with both anxiety and depression. If I'm manic though, coffee, while making me feel great, is bad news since it feeds the excess energy and allows me to function on even less sleep. 

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I agree, apart from the stimulant I'm on, coffee has always been my go-to mood enhancer.

I've been drinking coffee everyday since the age of 18, half my life. I know it works on dopamine, and sometimes I wonder if somehow I screwed up my natural dopamine pathways/mechanism by drinking coffee every single day for so long? I usually only have 3 cups so it could be worse...and there are some benefits I've read about. but when you get used to drinking more throughout the entire day, it does lead to increased irritability, dehydration, headaches, sleep issues, increased heartbeat, and physical/psychological dependence.

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7 hours ago, Blahblah said:

I agree, apart from the stimulant I'm on, coffee has always been my go-to mood enhancer.

I've been drinking coffee everyday since the age of 18, half my life. I know it works on dopamine, and sometimes I wonder if somehow I screwed up my natural dopamine pathways/mechanism by drinking coffee every single day for so long? I usually only have 3 cups so it could be worse...and there are some benefits I've read about. but when you get used to drinking more throughout the entire day, it does lead to increased irritability, dehydration, headaches, sleep issues, increased heartbeat, and physical/psychological dependence.

Actually, the idea that coffee dehydrates you is a myth: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3886980/. Depending on your typical coffee consumption it may not rehydrate you as effectively as water,  the amount of fluid in coffee is larger than the fluid loss from its diuretic effect.

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20 hours ago, thunder said:

Actually, the idea that coffee dehydrates you is a myth: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3886980/. Depending on your typical coffee consumption it may not rehydrate you as effectively as water,  the amount of fluid in coffee is larger than the fluid loss from its diuretic effect.

Interesting! I did not know this. Most articles I read say to drink more water, especially before exercising & reduce coffee consumption because it's a diuretic..

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This is not quite the same, but when I'm having a bad headache, drinking red bull makes me feel better (not the migraine, but all the other types of discomfort associated with hit). I can't stand the taste of coffee. But anyway, I kind of think of my bipolar illness and my migraines as being intertwined, so that helping the migraine really helps the bipolar, even if only a little. This is completely anecdotal, and my uneducated interpretation of what is going on.

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On 1/25/2018 at 6:37 PM, saintalto said:

Except for when I’m really psychotic, in which case I can’t have any, coffee keeps me functioning. I drink it all day and I know it’s not good for me doing that, but honestly I don’t care. 

I can't have coffee when psychotic either. The last time I tried that I ended up grandiose and irrational.

But coffee really boosts my mood, as well. It makes me happy. I thought it did that for everyone. 

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I don't know if I should try to speak for everyone, but most of the people I know drink it for energy. It's addictive, so that may play a role too, you immediately feel better when you start drinking it. I had to wean off of 16 cups of coffee a day once, gah. So keep an eye on how much you are drinking.

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2 minutes ago, crtclms said:

I don't know if I should try to speak for everyone, but most of the people I know drink it for energy. It's addictive, so that may play a role too, you immediately feel better when you start drinking it. I had to wean off of 16 cups of coffee a day once, gah. So keep an eye on how much you are drinking.

16 cups of coffee a day??? Holy crap. You must have been bleeding caffeine. I can barely handle two cups. 

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I often will drink one energy drink a day whether it’s coffee or something else. That usually does me pretty well and for the most part keeps me sane. However, I have sent my self into pretty intense swings of mania and hypomania from trying to drink to many caffeinated drinks in one sitting.

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On ‎2‎/‎2‎/‎2018 at 11:14 PM, crtclms said:

This is not quite the same, but when I'm having a bad headache, drinking red bull makes me feel better (not the migraine, but all the other types of discomfort associated with hit). I can't stand the taste of coffee. But anyway, I kind of think of my bipolar illness and my migraines as being intertwined, so that helping the migraine really helps the bipolar, even if only a little. This is completely anecdotal, and my uneducated interpretation of what is going on.

I agree with the coffee to help headaches, it does for me.  Usually that's my first remedy before I reach for any pain reliever, try coffee for caffeine and water to hydrate first. 

Migraines are such all-body things, I wonder if there is a link between the migraine and my moods too.  I don't know if they are necessarily intertwined as much as the one can influence the other.  Migraines can trigger moods, and usually when in depression I walk around in a perpetual headache.  Which I really dislike

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