Beating Depression and Being Smokefree

Monday, November 26, 2012

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Mood changes are common after quitting smoking. You might be irritable, restless, or feel down or blue. Changes in mood from quitting smoking (often caused by withdrawal from smoking) usually get better in one or two weeks. If you find yourself feeling very down for more than two weeks, it could be depression.

Depression is 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. More research is needed to find out for sure. Knowing about depression while quitting is the first step in trying to manage it.

Fighting the urge to start smoking again
Instead of smoking again, finding ways to help your depression and stay smokefree are the best way to go. Once you get through the mood swings after the first few weeks, you will feel more powerful to fight the urge to smoke.

You have options
Treatment for depression usually means getting counseling, taking medications, or doing both. Your doctor or a qualified mental health professional can help you figure out what treatment is best for you.  If the feelings have lasted two weeks or more, are making you worried, or are getting in the way of your daily life, help is available.

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