Post # 1
I’m a smoker. I know, it is a terrible, smelly, and expensive habit. Its really unhealthy, and the money I “burn” in cigs I could put towards the wedding. Lets get that out of the way – I am a (fairly) intelligent, reasonable woman – I get it. Smoking = bad.
But I get so depressed when I try to quit. its like PMS’ing all the time! I started smoking when I was 16, I am now 32, and I have quit 3 times. The first time, I quit for 2 years – I went through a looong period of depression, but there were extenuating circumstances (terrible Boyfriend or Best Friend, crappy grad school stuff). The second time I quit, I was “ok” but still pretty bitchy – and I did not “really” quit – I would only smoke when I was drinking….and then every once in a while with my roomie….which eventually led to me smoking regularly again. This last time I tried to quit was 2 months ago – I just finished my PhD, living with Fiance, just got engaged, life was good. I could not keep quit. I got soooo depressed! I hated life, I wished I was anywhere but here, I was doubting myself. I really did not want to be a smoker at my wedding, but I really cannot handle the depression. The day I started smoking, I perked up within hours, and I have been fine since. Yes, there are always trials (trouble students, too much work, etc.) but now they seem manageable.
Has anyone else been severely depressed when they tried to quit? What did you do to deal with it? (Or are you still smoking?)
Post # 3
I don’t smoke but I’ve known many people who have given up and they always get the best result when using nicotine patches or something similar because you can ween yourself off the nicotine which is what is putting you in a bad mood.
Post # 4
Consider talking to your doctor. S/he may be willing to prescribe a medication, such as bupropion (generic for Wellbutrin/ Zyban) to temporily get you through the difficult time. Bupropion has two major uses – quitting smoking and treatment of depression. Using it for a few weeks may be enough to help you stop smoking and get you through the depressive period. Good luck!
Post # 5
I quit on March 14, 2009 and I was a big smoker. The day I woke up knowing I would never have a cigarette again I laid on my couch and literally cried. It was like I was losing a best friend! The first 3 months were HORRIBLE. I am not going to lie. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done. But I did it and I havent had a cig since. I still crave them, but I have never gave in and its the best decision I have ever made. I was scared about gaining weight so I started going to the gym twice a day (at lunch from work and after work), eating healthier, visiting quitting smoking forums (about.com has a great one), and just accepting that I wouldnt do it again and I was making a HUGE positive change. Its HARD and you will probably feel depressed and crazy and angry, but it passes. I used NOPE. Not One Puff Ever and it has oddly helped!
Just remember that you can do it and if you ever need any support you can PM me anytime!
Post # 6
As a smoker myself i dont deal with this. though i have never quit for more than 3 months so maybe i do…. (i plan on it though, Fiance hates it and i promised i would stop before we start trying for kids)
i would def ask a doctor. maybe the patch is the way to go, but if quitting is causing you depression i would seriously ask a professional. I know they have pills you can take that help you quit but seeing as depression is something you have normally i dont know that those pills would be the right thing for you, their sideffects seem to be depression. Though im not a doctor so i dont know for sure.
haha oprah…but she has some good points.
Post # 7
Cabanagrl9 – So 3 months, eh? Ok, well, I only gave it 2 months this time, maybe I just need to stick it out longer.
I appreciate the suggestions about talking to my Dr., but I don’t have health insurance right now, so that option is out for me. And I am not sure that the patch would work – I only (only??) smoke 2-3 ultra-light cigarettes per day, so I think the patch would make me sick.
I will, however, start to stalk quitting smoking forums….. 🙂
Post # 8
quitting smoking definitely made me very grouchy and depressed for awhile. does your fi smoke? if he does, quitting together is a great support system. my fi and i quit cold turkey, and whenever i really wanted to smoke (which was frequent), i just thought about how i would be letting him down.
it sounds like your extenuating circumstances the last time definitely made your no-smoking depression worse. try again now. the beginning is god-awful, but i promise it passes.
Post # 9
I quit smoking on January 26, 2008. I used Chantix. It was really helpful, but I had to do a lot of work psychologically to change the way I thought about cigarettes. I did a lot of work on my own, and also went to counseling.
There definitely is a lot of research out there that suggests a link between smoking and mental health issues. I have read blurbs about studies that suggest that lots of smokers are actually self-medicating. Smoking affects your brain chemistry- there are nicotine receptors in your brain that give you that initial buzz and make you feel good. It follows then that quitting could bring out depression and/or other issues that the cigarettes were “medicating.”
There are a lot of free resources out there that I would encourage you to utilize. Lots of hopsitals, for example, have support groups and other programs. Look around to see what is in your area. I also found quitnet to be a helpful online forum and resource.
As a previous poster said, the first few months are really difficult, but it gets better after that. I was sort of depressed during that time period and had no energy. I remember sleeping a lot. I am very glad that I quit though, I consider it a great accomplishment. Good luck!
Post # 10
This was seriously my life savor:
and I wouldnt rush to start taking any type of anti depressants. Its natural to feel a sense of loss and mourning. This website will help you so much! I promise! Educate yourself on quitting as much as you can so you are ready for everything that happens and definitely join the forum. They have support groups for every month so you can go through the journey with others that are in the same boat
Post # 11
I quit December 10, 2009 and havent looked back. Though I hadn’t been smoking as long as you (no offense) it was, and is still, one of the hardest things I’ve ever done and probably will ever do. Its different for everyone but I was like you, only having a few a day (maybe 3) and it was worse when I had alcohol. I didnt use any pills or patches, I just stopped. IMO you have to have a reason, and one that you can stick to. If you dont believe that your reason is valid enough or you plain “just dont want to” then you can’t. And theres nothing wrong with that. My boyfriend hated it, though he never complained, and it just gave me a good valid reason to stop. I WANTED to and that was it. I still struggle with it daily, but every ex-smoker does. I get bottled water at the convenient store by my work everyday- I stand behind that counter just praying that the cashier can ring me up quickly so I dont have to stare at the wall of cigarettes. I call it “the great wall of a former glory”. It would be so easy to buy a pack, but knowing I have a reason makes it that much easier.
Post # 12
Undoubtedly, quit smoking is complicated by all the effects involved. Depression is one of them, I went through that, but when I started thinking about the well-being achieved and not just for me but for my family and friends who are often affected by second hand smoke, then I realized that depression never could me make give up. I stopped smoking 2 years ago and I am still in the fight every day. I found a site with interesting information worth to take a look How Stop Smoking
Post # 13
Chemically, depression is caused by a lack of one or more of three chemicals: serotonin, norepinephrine, and/or dopamine. Nicotine stimulates dopamine. So it is not at all surprising that stopping nicotine would cause you to be depressed.
When NotFroofy stopped smoking, she used nicotine patches for a long time as an antidepressant. Basically, her psychiatrist said that even if she continued using them for life, they were a lot less dangerous than cigarettes, which have all sorts of cancer-causing chemicals in them (as well as being a health risk for others through second-hand smoke). And after a while, she just stopped needing them anyway.