How’s it going?
I hope you are doing well.
I just arrived in San Fran yesterday.
I have a whole bunch of stuff to do
I am really, really tired from all
this traveling. Plus I have had to carry
so much food and supplements for my
“eating plan.” If you have bipolar disorder
and think taking your medication is a pain
imagine having to bring a box of food, a blender,
liquids, pills and all this special food. It’s
a major pain.
Actually I was thinking on the plane today
when someone said, “I need some tea, I need
caffeine to give me energy.” Then I was thinking
about bipolar disorder and caffeine and how
people don’t know some key things.
Did you know that caffeine is a DRUG?
I am NOT a doctor, therapist, lawyer or
other kind of professional. I am NOT offering
medical or legal advice in anything I say
And that the stimulant effect of it can stay
in your system for up to 12 hours (but that
we can build up a tolerance to it)?
Now, by caffeine I don’t just mean coffee.
Caffeine is also in soda, chocolate (I know
you didn’t want to hear that) and, you
might be surprised about this, tea! Yeah,
tea has as much caffeine as coffee!
I told you that last part because so many
people drink iced tea, especially in the
summer months, and I think you should
I think it’s important that you know this
about caffeine especially because being
the supporter of a loved one with bipolar
disorder, caffeine can disrupt their usual
mood, and might have something to do
with their sleep patterns, which can lead
to a manic episode.
Caffeine can also interfere with their
medications. Especially at night.
As little as 250 mg of caffeine a day is
enough to cause insomnia and nervous-
ness, which will activate the stress
response, and possibly trigger an episode
in your loved one.
I talk about responses to stress a lot in
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Too much caffeine makes other disorders
worse, as well.
This is what I’ve found out in my research:
Too much caffeine can also make you
urinate more, which makes us lose
magnesium and other needed minerals
in our bodies.
It also blocks the brain’s natural tranquilizer,
Here’s how to reduce caffeine intake:
Drink only decaffeinated coffee
Stop drinking it at all
Decrease the amount of caffeine you drink
Mix ½ regular coffee with ½ decaf in your blend
Replace coffee with juice or water
Hey I have to run. Tomorrow is the bipolar
news. I’ll catch you later.
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