Depression rates have reached a record level in Scotland. More than one in ten people as young as fifteen, are taking prescribed medicine. Prozac or Cipramil are some the most common pills taken on a daily dose, to tackle depression.
The NHS Prescription Services prove that medical professionals in Scotland are prescribing more antidepressant medicine than in England and Whales.
Can caffeine make the difference? Harvard Medical School has released research that caffeine can decrease the risk of depression by twenty percent. The research shows that women who drink four cups of coffee a day are less likely to suffer from depression and less likely to commit suicide.
It is a well-known fact that caffeine boosts energy levels and enhances general well being. This is because it has the ability to change certain chemical receptors in the brain. The Archives of International Medicine have published research on the effects of caffeine on the brain, and are pushing for further researching on how caffeine can aid as an antidepressant.
It is to early to recommend caffeinated coffee as an antidepressant. Caffeine can also have negative effects on the body. Too much caffeine can cause anxiety and can lead to sleep deprivation. Ongoing research aims to tackle these symptoms to find a balance for caffeine to become an aid as an antidepressant.