Anxiety and Smoking

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   Posted 12/11/2006 12:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone here ever tried to quit smoking while dealing with anxiety? I need to quit because of my stomach (and other obvious health reasons), but I'm kind of afraid I'll go completely nuts.

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   Posted 12/11/2006 7:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh man do I ever need to quit for health reasons and real soon like yesterday BUT I have smoked since I was 8 or 9 am now gonnna be 53 in January and still smoke
I find it does make A/P worse at times for me
You find a way and I will work with you
I cannot use patches or stuff like that
But I DO have to quit
Take care
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   Posted 12/11/2006 9:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I have to quit to but I just cant really never noticed if it made my anxiety worse cause I have smoked every since I had PA over 35 years I do know if I have anxiety I cant stand to even smell cig smoke weird lol I smoke to much and know I need to quit but I don't know if I am ready to give up the one crutch I have control of
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   Posted 12/11/2006 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   

I am proof that you CAN quit with A/P - I have quit for about 15 months so far.

Do not try to do it cold turkey though nono   it just doesn't work (I was actually suicidal when I tried going CT)

I got patches on prescription which was cheaper than buying them from the chemist (don't know if it would be the same where you are - I'm in the UK) and I found it really easy to give up even though I had been smoking for 13 years.

Keeping busy and avoiding ppl who smoke helped aswell.

Good luck - you can do it yeah

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   Posted 12/11/2006 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
im sure its possible, but i havent been to successful at quiting, although.......yeah, they can make a/p worse. But not all the time......
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   Posted 12/11/2006 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   
studies usually show that tobacco smoking has no effect on anxiety

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   Posted 12/11/2006 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Quitting probably does, though. If I go a couple hours without smoking I start getting really edgy.

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   Posted 12/11/2006 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
If my anxiety is acting up I want to smoke more - but it definitely makes the anxiety worse for me. Even though most reach for a cig in times of stress to calm down, niccotine is actually a stimulant - can affect you the same as caffine!

I know I should quit, but dont really want to entirely - I enjoy smoking and wish I could just smoke a few a day. The patches and such usually dont work if you dont have the right mind-set. But if you do, they should help alot with the withdrawal.

Here's a funny story - guy I work with got a pill to help him stop smoking. A few days into it I asked how he was doing. He told me since he started the pill, cigs taste TERRIBLE. So he stopped taking the pills!

Good Luck!
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