This Week In Coffee: Caffeine Withdrawal a Mental Illness + Coffee Kills Creativity
Wall Street Journal reported that withdrawal from caffeine is now classified as a mental illness. Wait, what?
While the article goes on to say that withdrawal would "only rarely cause enough clinically significant impairment to be considered a mental disorder," and one critic of the new manual saying "We shouldn't medicalize every aspect of life and turn everyone into a patient," (um, yeah), the bar you have to cross to be diagnosed with the "illness" seems pretty low:
I experience four of these five symptoms (everything but flulike symptoms) if I don't get coffee within two hours of getting out of bed. And yes, sleepiness and irritability do affect my functioning at home and work. Lock me up!! Or at least give me some Xanax or something. Forget it, a cup of coffee will do.
Meanwhile, over at the New Yorker, they're reporting that coffee actually inhibits creativity. The reason is that true creativity needs the brain to be allowed to wander, and coffee makes it less likely to do so.
This mainly makes me think about all the ADD medication being prescribed to thought-wandering children, but that's beside the point.
So, apparently coffee can make you insane (but only if you stop drinking it) and boring (but only if you drink it). Good to know.
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