A few days ago I talked about the fact that I don't drink coffee and I pondered if perhaps this put me behind the eight ball when it comes to energy and focus.
Yesterday as we arrived in Sydney and I made my usual toilet stop at McDonalds (damn over sensitive bladder) my son asked for an iced chocolate. I obliged and suddenly had this totally random thought to get myself an iced coffee as well.
Four and a half minutes later I was walking out the door sipping what was possibly the most bitter thing I had tasted in over 20 years.
Fast forward seven minutes and the effects were already evident.
I was high.
As I drove into the city singing at the top of my lungs and then talking rapidly about all the random theories in my brain, my kids just stared at me in shock.
My driving became jerky as I became hyper aware of the other vehicles around me. My eyes were darting this way and that way and I was completely 100% convinced I was the queen of everything.
Over the next half hour I came up with 101 new business ideas and changed the entire course of action for the next year. Thank goodness my laptop was dead and my notebook was securely packed in the bottom of my suitcase so that I couldn't document my new strategy nor send the emails off to get it all started.
Having my first coffee in over 20 years presented the following "symptoms":
- A rapid heartbeat
- A weird tingling "rush" in my arms and legs
- Hyper alertness
- Dilated pupils (actually I have no evidence of this but I felt like my eyes were open really wide)
- Incomprehensible babbling
- Quick thought processes
If you Google these symptoms, the search brings up everything from heart attack to panic attack to Meniere's Disease and even alien abduction.
I go with alien abduction.
Are you kidding me? Is this what coffee does to people on a daily basis?
No wonder you're all running around in glee looking for this closest coffee shop. This would have to be the cheapest most easily accessible drug available.
Which got me to thinking, is there a study on the impacts of caffeine addiction?
"Caffeine is the most commonly used mood-altering drug in the world."
They go on to say that:
"Caffeine use can be associated with several distinct psychiatric syndromes: caffeine intoxication, caffeine withdrawal, caffeine dependence, caffeine-induced sleep disorder, and caffeine-induced anxiety disorder."
Did you hear that? They call these things PSYCHIATRIC SYNDROMES!
I definitely had a psychiatric syndrome yesterday. I was as high as a kite and the scary thing is, other than the horrid taste, I loved every minute of it.
Have you ever had a caffeine induced high?
Perhaps a caffeine induced psychiatric syndrome?
Maybe you've been abducted by aliens?
Spill the beans .... (very bad pun TOTALLY intended).