lyndon taylor wrote:We have no problem Ben, we're both coffee drinkers, the point I was trying to make is alot of people are much more sensitive to stimulants than we may be, for them to drink as much coffee as you or I, might be about the stimulant effect of you or I snorting a short line of speed, so I hope you can understand why I would not want to recommend coffee drinking to those folks so sensitive to it.
This is in no way any encouragement of people to snort speed!! Or to drink coffee for that matter if you don't want to!!
Its ok - I do understand where you are coming from.
I think part of the problem here is that we all consider depression and associated conditions from our own personal experiences (as an individual or carer of someone with depression). In reality it can be a disease in itself or a symptom of another disease; its cause are wide and varied as is the way that it is experienced by the individual (and those close to them). Logically, the appropriate treatments also vary so generalizations come with a risk.
I am not suggesting that there is a 'one size fits all' approach. As I have mentioned several times - I think the research is interesting and if there is a place for 'coffee therapy' it would be amongst a number of measures and possibly as a preventative lifestyle option.
Strong coffee drinkers are a segment of the population that is probably less sensitive to drugs than average, for instance it takes a lot of coffee to effect their sleep, if it ever does, it probably takes a lot of alcohol to get them drunk, probably takes them higher doses of street drugs to get off. Well guess what, suicidal ideations are usually caused by excesses of brain neuro transmitter chemicals, what if these same insensitive to caffeine people are less sensitive to the effects of the brains neuro transmitter drugs that lead to suicidal psychosis or depression, hence less likely to become crazy enough to consider suicide.
I disagree with your assessment of the Huffington Post. It is a good newspaper. And all they are doing in this instance is reporting the major findings of the published research. Rather than base your theory on what has been reported in the Huffington Post - I recommend you track down the original article which will, I am sure, fill in some of the blanks.