Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Caffeine Withdrawal Syndrome

About once or twice a year I resolve to quot drinking caffeinated soda. I probably drink 2 to 3 sodas a day (Pepsi & Mountain Dew are the drinks of choice). Each time I eventually give up because of the fatigue factor and the overbearing headaches I get while trying to quit. Pretty soon I'll be able to get this diagnosed as an official disease. How cool is that?

Researchers at John Hopkins University are trying to get "Caffeine Withdrawal Syndrome" into the books as a mental disorder.
Experts say adding the disorder and its many symptoms to the list would help doctors diagnose the syndrome.
Symptoms of caffeine withdrawal include: headache, fatigue, depressed mood and irritability.