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Depression and anxiety after quitting smoking

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I quit smoking after 9 years on 1st jan 2009. Since past 1 month...having depression episode and anxiety. They seem to be getting better with time but not completely ok. Could these be related to quitting smoking?

I consulted psychiatrist and she let it heal naturally as things were getting next appointment is in 15 days. Currently I am taking no medication and practicing meditation.

Please help me understand the cause and advise any action.

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replied December 21st, 2009
Anxiety and Stress Answer A8653

It is almost 11 months after your quit smoking that you are getting the episodes of depression and anxiety. Smoking cessation does not appear to be a cause for your present symptoms. After you quit smoking, the body recovers from the neurotransmitter imbalance over the next 2-3 months. Also, it is important to check if you still get the desire/craving to smoke. If the craving is still there, you may experience anxiety and depression.

If you have suffered from depression earlier, this could be a relapse. You also need to explore any other possible causes for depression. These could include work/home environment, relationships, etc.

You will benefit from regular exercise, healthy diet and a balanced approach towards life which includes a complete physical, social and emotional well being.


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