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Is depression a withdrawal symptom?

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  1. ineedthis
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    Having a hard time right now.  Crying for no reason.  I don't want to take medication for depression though.  Is this a symptom of withdrawal?  I'm 32 days smoke free but almost had a cigarette last night.  So much stress.  So much anxiety right now.
  2. eddie
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    Hi Int, hopefullnome of the mods can help answer this officially.
    but I would say yes, I can be a side effect.
    i suffer depression anyway, so quitting smoking isn’t causing the depression. 
    My guess is it’s not lack of nicotine causing your depression, but the other factors in your life and you notice it now more than you did with the smokingbto cover up feelings.
    no shame in asking for help. See your doctor.
  3. ineedthis
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    02 Nov 2018 in reply to eddie
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    Thanks for the reply, I really appreciate it.   Pretty sure you are right as I always went for a cigarette when I felt anxiety/stress and now I don't have that.  Trying to find other ways to cope.  Have been in contact with my doctor.  Monitoring it now.  Talking is good stress relief.  Deep breaths  :)     Good luck to you to with quitting smoking.   As they say,  one day at a time.
  4. brieffree
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    Hi ineddthis

    I felt like that long ago, but I learn that the relationship with smoking  could affect your Mud.
    Distract your self, go to the Movies, for a walk, or do something instead of thinking.

    Hang in there!
  5. jenna lee, quit coach
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    Hi ineedthis,

    Yes, depression is a normal withdrawal symptom. However, that does not mean that we should not reach out for support. 

    Eddie gave great advice about the smoking covering up emotions. Now is the chance to figure out healthy ways to manage them. 

    Glad to hear you sought medical advice too. Continue with the deep breathing. Stress, anxiety and depression will come and go, but what is important is how we manage them.

    Wishing you all the best,

    Jenna Lee
  6. shazzan
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    06 Nov 2018 in reply to ineedthis
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    I have heard that some consider cocao as a natural mood elevator and anti-depressant

    80% cacao chocolate bar has approx 55 calories a square. It must be cacao not cocoa. If you want a sweet pick me up, buy some cacao and mash into banana for natural sweetness. ( i froze these  in the freezer)  Who doesn't smile in anticipation of a treat? Certainly am going to use it to get as far as you have. Keep up the great work!

    Last modified on 08 Nov 2018 12:57 by Quit Coach 7
  7. jenna lee, quit coach
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    Hi shazzan,

    Thank you for trying to help and researching this for us.

    It is best to follow the direction of our healthcare providers when it comes to managing our health, whether physical or mental. 

    Jenna Lee
    Last modified on 08 Nov 2018 12:57 by Quit Coach 7
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