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Therapy Thursday: Get Off the (Legal) Drugs

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I have decided to dedicate a post on Thursday to therapy, and offer you the many tips I have learned on the couch. They will be a good reminder for me, as well, of something small I can concentrate on. Many of them are published in my book, “The Pocket Therapist: An Emotional Survival Kit.

Here’s the catch-22: the more stressed you are, the more you crave coffee and doughnuts, pizza and Coke. But the more Starbucks, Krispy Kreme, and Big Gulps in your system, the more stressed you become. Because when stressed, your body has lower levels of serotonin, which causes your brain to produce cravings for sugar and simple carbohydrates, which primes the beta-endorphin system to want more and more.

The same with caffeine.

It’s a powerful drug that affects a number of neurochemicals in your brain, which means it produces withdrawal symptoms that can make you very very very very irritable.

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posted April 12, 2012 at 11:37 am

No truer words were ever spoken! I lived thru all of the addictions you could possibly imagine.

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posted April 13, 2012 at 7:00 am

addicted to coffee cigarets and ice cream(i think) don’t know how to quit.

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joanna mclaughlin

posted April 13, 2012 at 7:16 am

so now we know this. so what do we do now.

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posted April 13, 2012 at 1:28 pm

After 12 years of battling with depression I have finally decided to get on medication. Is it bad to drink coffee while my body adjust to the medicatio?. I want to see if it’s working but I am so mentally and emotionally drained that I can stay awake at work.

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posted April 13, 2012 at 3:19 pm

It’s true about coffee and sugar. My “solution” is to try to engage in mindful consumption of these things. There’s a place in town that has “to die for” cherry danish. And then there are dairy queen blizzards. One of those now and then can go a long way if you avoid the piles of cookies, candy, and other sweets that often invite us to mindless consumption. So, say no to dietary and caffeine nihilism and enjoy a really cup cup, slice, or bowl when you do indulge.

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maxine Cunningham

posted April 13, 2012 at 3:45 pm

So… we learn to mange stress; but reality is stress will make its way to our door. What’s a healthy response to giving in to the cravings? A walk in the park – when feasible sometimes works for me. Any other suggestions?

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