• By Dana Sparks

Does caffeine make depression worse?

October 14, 2015

steaming cup of coffee on table with iPad
There's no clear link between caffeine intake and depression. However, caffeine intake and depression may be linked indirectly for people who are particularly sensitive to the effects of caffeine or who have too much caffeine.

  • Caffeine can cause sleep problems that affect mood.Caffeine can make it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep. Lack of sleep can worsen depression. If you have trouble sleeping, don't drink caffeinated beverages late in the day. Some people need to limit the caffeine they have to only in the morning, or quit drinking caffeinated beverages completely to avoid sleep problems. Also, anxiety and depression often occur together, and caffeine can worsen anxiety.
    Read more about depression and caffeine.

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