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17 Jul 2005

Effects of Quitting Smoking
I know that there is a cliche attached to giving up smoking. However, I am struggling to keep alive whilst doing so! I have suffered from anxiety disorder for some time and certainly lean towards depression from time to time. I have had to take anti depressants for anxiety attacks but have stopped time and time again due to side effects. I have not suffered an anxiety attack for the last two months (without any medication). I have, however, stopped smoking 47 days ago and am suffering from depressive, violently angry moods. I do not know at times how to continue living. I feel as if I simply do not possess the tools to carry on with life. By the same token I have a 21 year old herion addict son who has told me that if I start smoking again he would feel free to start using heroin again (he has been clean for 3 months). My husband also constantly tells me that if I should start smoking again I would be a bad example to my son.

Please help me. I feel as if I cannot go on anymore. I feel as if the cigarettes helped my anxiety and depression.

Thank you!
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Hi Margie,
Sounds like it would be a really good idea for you to se a good local shrink to assess this new situation, and advise on the best way to manage it. Smoking cessation is always for the greater good of one's health, but as one breaks out of the addiction, irritability and mood swings are typical effects. The cigarettes didn't specifically help your anxiety and depression, but the period of withdrawal from nicotine adiction is aggravating them. It might be worth considering the use of Zyban, also an antidepressant, but now used predominantly to reduce the problems of withdrawal in smoking cessation.
Buzz's advice, based on direct personal experience, seems sound, too.
And yes, continue to set a good example for your son, who also faces the challenge, not of stopping, but of staying stopped
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