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The connection between coffee and depression is one that has received much fanfare over the past few years. With more and more of society resorting to coffee to cope with the rigors of working while tired, professionals have repeatedly asked the public (particularly individuals suffering from mental conditions) to understand the possible ramifications of a simple cup of Joe.
In a studies on coffee and depression conducted by survey-takers at Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in 1993, and later re-affirmed by Dr. Ichiro Kawachi (epidemiologist at Harvard Medical), nurses who consumed coffee had a lower risk of committing suicide. As per the findings of the initial report on coffee and depression, the study which delved into the mental conditions of registered nurses ages 34 to 59, indicated that the caffeine in coffee served as a legitimate antidepressant.
The belief of the “pro-coffee for depression sufferers” camp on coffee and depression is that the way caffeine reacts with acetylcholine and dopamine helps better the mood in said sufferers.
On the flip side, many disputing researchers indicate that over-consumption of coffee can, in fact, lead to heightened depression risk. As per an article published by Kansas State University on coffee and depression, because the caffeine in coffee only provides a temporary boost to the nervous system, the complete result of coffee consumption is less than stellar.
The belief of the “anti-coffee for depression sufferers” camp is that coffee and depression as a result of the insulin-induced reduced blood sugar levels, people will eventually have less energy. They then, in turn, may begin to feel their depression worsen.
As with anything else, it appears that coffee and depression for people struggling with depression should be taken on a case by case basis.
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