UPDATE 7/30: I couldn’t last a couple days, my headaches were bad, I was unfocused and miserable. I’m back on caffeine. In hindsight, I would have tapered off drinking half of what I normally drink until I hit zero. That’s something for me to consider whenever I have time off again, whenever that may be.
As I set to begin my clinical rotations next week, I’ve decided that I could use a coffee reset.
Caffeine withdrawal is actually listed in the DSM V and I may experience some of the symptoms:
According to DSM-5, symptoms of caffeine withdrawal include fatigue, headache and difficulty focusing.https://newsfeed.time.com/2013/05/31/caffeine-withdrawal-is-now-a-mental-disorder/
The reasoning behind my motivation to reset is to reduce the amount of coffee I think I “need” but also enjoy each taste of the cup of coffee I enjoy each day. Because I’ve been drinking coffee once a day for the last 12 years of my life, it’s been challenging to go a day or two without it.