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Old 05-05-2007, 05:29 PM   #1
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brain throwing tantrum

i have a problem with depression and anxiety around this time of year. i originally quit smoking jan 06 and restarted jun 06 because of this. i then quit in aug and have not smoked since. i did wear the patch until jan this year. i have had very little thought of a cigarette until the last week. it is getting to the point where i feel like i just quit. some really strong cravings. it is like my brain needs something to feel better and it is going to the old standby, except i won't feel better. i might go back on the lowest patch if needed. but i do not want to smoke ever again. it is really hard. any suggestions. thanks and God bless

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Old 05-07-2007, 09:46 AM   #2
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Re: brain throwing tantrum

I've only quit 3 weeks, but I can relate to the depression/anxiety part of your problem. I suffer from it as well, and quitting smoking has only made it 10x worse! I can see why you started smoking again last June.

From what I've read, nicotine is a fairly good antidepressant...not suprising that you're craving it again. Unfortunately, I don't really have any suggestions, except possibly trying the patch like you said.

I'm on an antidepressant which helps, but I don't like to recommend meds to anyone because it's such a personal choice. And meds are not a short-term solution, as they are heck to get off of (withdrawal).

At least you know you don't want to smoke. I don't either...isn't it funny, even feeling so bad, that we don't want to?

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Old 05-08-2007, 08:41 AM   #3
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Re: brain throwing tantrum

i have started back on celexa. if i do start i hope i can stop again. i have the patch and the hypnosis cd but i am a woman on the edge. God bless

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