Depression and quitting smoking

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harleybluz
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   Posted 7/12/2010 5:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone quit smoking on this website.  My problem is that I get sooo depressed when quitting and cannot handle the quit aids out there for various phsyical reasons.  How do you get past the depression getting worse than it already is? I would appreciate any help I can get.  I really need to quit.  And, want to.

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Lee259
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   Posted 7/12/2010 6:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there,
 
Have you been to your doctor and asked her/him for some help with quitting smoking? Doctors are normally very understanding with this and will normally give as much help as they can. Also could you join a quit smoking group? everyone there will be going thought the same and you can all surport each other. Your doctor may be able to give you some more information on this.
Another thing a friend of mine did, was he thought of something he really wanted but couldn't afford, then he got a jar and each week the money you would normally spend on Cigarettes, put in the jar and watch it mount up. before he knew it he had the money for what he wanted and with the help of a surport group hadn't had a cigarette for nearly 4 months, and didn't really want one, and the depression side of it gone.
 
Or hopefully this TRUE story may help you to stop:
My brother started smoking when he was very young (to young by law). My parents, My sister and myself kept on at him to stop, but would he listen...... NO. My father (who at that time was a taxi driver) would see my brother in the street smoking with his mates and stop the car and take the cigarette off him and stamp in out there and then trying to show him up in front of his mates, but that didn't work. Then Sadly when he was just 30 years old he got Cancer. At the age of 31 he died. The last thing he said to my dad was "dad I'm sorry for not listening to you when I was younger, It's my fault I'm where I am now, but It's the family I love that will be sad when I die. Please tell everyone I'm sorry and I love them all" The next day he died. 
 
Hope this helps, good luck with quitting
 
Lee x

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   Posted 7/12/2010 7:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Just don't quit quiting.  This just may not be the best time to quit.  If you are struggling with depression, it is hard.  You may have to wait until your mind has leveled out some and you are more confident of yourself. 
 
One thing a good doctor once told me was to be mindful when you smoke (as I do smoke).  When you have a cigarette, just sit down and have that cigarette.  Don't do anything else.  Eventually you will be putting them out because we do so much other things when we smoke, that we aren't mindful about it.  It is hard to just sit down and smoke.  Another thing that helps is to tell yourself, I am working on getting healthy.  Instead of I am trying to quit smoking.  This takes the stress out of it.
 
I took Chantix and was so close to quitting.  I wasn't trying hard enough to stop.  Chantix gives you a feeling of not needing the cigarettes, or anything for that matter.  It plays with the mind and it is a good method.  Just didn't work for me.  I think if I tried harder, I could have quit. 
 
When I did quit once for four years.  I did it cold turkey.  I did as was posted above.  I took the money that I would usually spend on cigarettes, and got myself something nice.  My first husband died of lung cancer and you think that alone would stop me, but it is such a terrible habit that I smoked more when he was sick.  My nerves couldn't take it. 
 
But when I did quit.  I would put my cigarettes in another room.  That way I had to go all the way there to get one.  I would make myself wait three urges before I would allow myself to have one.  This really helped on cutting down.  The trick is to be mindful of what you are doing.  eventually you will quit.  It is hard, especially if you like to smoke like I do.  It is a dirty habit though.  And when you are mindful about it, you realize that.
 
Best of luck to you.  Just don't quit quiting.
 
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   Posted 7/12/2010 1:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Emilyjack,

Welcome to the depression forum. If you would, please start a new thread with an introduction of yourself. We would all be able to get to know you better that way. Thanks for understanding.

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Sashaxx
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   Posted 7/12/2010 11:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Harleybluz
 
I quit smoking last Oct, after I had a TIA ( small stroke ).  Had to do it. I went cold turkey and it was ok at the time because I wasnt feeling too good after the stroke, luckily I had no serious effects from the stroke.  After a couple of months however when I started feeling well again, I found it hard and craved the smokes.  I found myself snappy and moody and I just really wanted a cig!..especially when I saw other people smoking.
 
However as time went on, it got easier but I still had moments when I felt like one.  I was quite proud though that I had finally quit.  However just recently ( in the last week ) I lost someone so close to me, the pain was incredible, I couldnt cope...and I sunk into deep depression, and 2 days ago I went out and bought me a pack of cigs, and I am smoking again....
Keep trying to quit, you will get there..and so will I.
Good luck..

Post Edited (Sashaxx) : 7/13/2010 12:28:42 AM (GMT-6)


Sashaxx
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   Posted 7/13/2010 3:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey again Harleybluz
 
Im quitting tommorow, going to throw out the rest of my pack.  Im still in deep depression over what has happened and Im not coping well at all.  Think this is the lowest I have ever felt.  Very hard when you lose someone you love... leaves such emptiness.  But I have been smokefree for 9mths so I dont need to go back there.
Please let us know how things go for you.
Take care.

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   Posted 7/13/2010 5:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Sasha,

Good luck on getting healthey and being smoke free.

Hugs, Karen

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   Posted 7/14/2010 8:44 AM (GMT -7)   
When you click on the blbue letters of "quit smoking" it takes you to pills guide.
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theHTreturns...
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   Posted 7/15/2010 12:47 AM (GMT -7)   
all the best guys, jamie. heavy smoker. gave up for 3 and a half years once, i asked the shrink should i give up, he replied are you expletive crazy. i am not ready, and you need to be. good luck. proud of ya's, jamie.
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Derwood
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   Posted 10/18/2017 8:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone. smile
It’s been quite a while since I signed in, but here I am , back again.

I’ve been managing fairly well with my 3 ailments ( anxiety, spinal
rheumatism, and depression ) since I last signed in. The one exception
is my depression.

about 6 weeks ago I quit smoking. I went cold turkey, and after the
4th day things got easier. It seemed to be not near as difficult as I remembered from past attempts.

This was all fine until about 2 weeks ago, when my depression spiked
up really bad. I’ve been like that now for the last two weeks and my
depression is barely tolerable. I think the two are related. I’ve read
this thread , and I’m wondering about your last post FEELING WEEL.

Which (blue? ) letters are you referring to that say “ quit smoking “
and then refer me to pills ?

Thank you Karen, and I will appreciate any wisdom that anyone can
add to this thread, and my quitting smoking.

PS- I am feeling “brain zaps” that we talk about when we taper off of
Effexor. I have no idea why.

Thanks all ;

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   Posted 10/18/2017 9:30 AM (GMT -7)   
The brain zaps could be the nicotine and all the other chemicals leaving your system. A doctor told me that there are 2000 added chemicals to cigarettes. It isn't easy.

You could try Chantix. Talk to your doc about it. There are the electronic cigarettes too. They have nicotine but you could use them to quit. They are not suppose to have all the added chemicals that the cigarettes have. Though if you have been off of the cigarettes completely, I don't know about the electronic cigarettes.

I am really proud of you for quitting. I have cut mine in half but haven't stopped yet.

Best wishes Derwood...

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Derwood
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   Posted 10/18/2017 9:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the info Karen. I hope to see my doctor soon ( within the week ) but I feel the addiction pulling at me so strongly.
Time will tell. I really want to be a non-smaker, but I can’t keep
feeling like this for much longer. I’ll post a follow-up in the near future.

Derwood
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   Posted 10/18/2017 4:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, today was a day I don’t ever want to repeat. My anxiety
morphed into what I think was my second worst panic attack.
I had a strong urge to have some alcohol, which is strange because I’ve never craved it before. But I didn’t go to a bar, I went to my pharmacy and bought some nicorette gum and tablets, then I
dashed to my doctors office. That’s where I had my panic attack.
Anyways, I didn’t smoke anything today ,so I think that’s good.
Many people use the nicorette or some other substitutes from cigarettes to quit.
After that I visited my brother so I could talk to family. And my brother and I went for a long walk, something I haven’t been doing
but must try to get into the habit. Gotta get some of those endorphins that the athletic people talk about. The natural high. I
don’t know if I can do it, but I’m still trying.

Peace all
Derwood.

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   Posted 10/18/2017 5:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Keep walking, it is good both physically and mentally. I am happy that you didn't smoke or drink today. Things can often tempt us. Stick to your guns. I hope that the Nicorette gum helps. I have a few friends who chew it.

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