Depression and Smoking

Why is depression more common in smokers?
Nobody knows for sure why smokers are more likely to have depression than non-smokers. People who have depression might smoke to feel better. Or smokers might get depression more easily because they smoke. No matter what the cause, there are treatments that work for both depression and smoking.

How is depression different from withdrawal from smoking?
Mood changes are common after quitting smoking. You might be irritable, restless, or feel down or blue. Changes in mood from quitting smoking (withdrawal) usually get better in one or two weeks. If you find that you are feeling very down after quitting smoking, it may be helpful to talk about this with friends and family. Or you may want to talk to a therapist or counselor. They can help you to figure out why you’re feeling down and help you find ways  to deal with that. Your doctor can also help.

If I get depressed after quitting smoking, should I start smoking again?
Finding ways to help your depression and stay smokefree is the best way to go. Once you get through any mood swings after the first couple of weeks, you will feel more powerful to fight the urge to smoke. And if you still feel sad or overwhelmed, talk to your doctor, a therapist or counselor.


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