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Quitting Causing Depression   General Chit-Chat

Started 5/2/19 by missmypal; 10475 views.
missmypal

From: missmypal

7/8/19

14 months sounds so, so long to me. It would mean another 7 months of this misery. Not sure I can take that. Just transitioning from Effexor (generic) to Lexapro (generic) now. So hoping that it will pull me out of this depression. 

missmypal

From: missmypal

7/8/19

Is 14 months the standard for recovery? I’ve heard it said a couple of times now. That feels unbearable at this point. 7 more months of this????

missmypal

From: missmypal

7/8/19

Thanks. I’m glad you are feeling a bit better. I thought I was a winter victim too (SAD) but when things didn’t get better in spring I was so disappointed. Depression is a demon, like cigarettes. That’s for sure

For me 14 months was when I finally found my entire body calm down and those cravings were nonexistent. I know it is a long time but you'll still get craves in the tricky 8-11 month time period. We have a thread called The Tricky 8-11 Months - please read it. The craves occur because more nicotine receptors are shutting down and out nervous system (brain) gets a little irritable and those smoking memories come into focus. The big thing is to just let those thoughts pass by. 

Congratulations on getting through the toughest part. Now, just stay on target and win your freedom. We can't rush this anyways so just keep taking this one day at a time. No Fear - Freedom will soon be yours!!

"Quitting isn't for Sissies!" I quit poisoning myself Sept. 27, 2013

Janinelove

From: Janinelove

7/8/19

for me now it seemed the first 2 years after quitting smoking went fast. However, living the first 1.5 yrs after quitting it went painfully slow. Just hang in there and fight. It so worth it. 14 months is not comparable to many several years of being smoke free, addiction free, and healthy

missmypal

From: missmypal

7/14/19

What medical issues are you dealing with?

Yvonne1956

From: Yvonne1956

7/14/19

Hi missmypal, When I read that you still have depression after 7 months it scares me. I have quit various times but this is the first time my depression has been really bad. I quit cold turkey 5 weeks ago, felt so bad after the second week that I was prescribed wellbutrin which I have been taking for almost a month and still feel depressed and it takes a lot of effort to do anything.

It has helped me to read the messages here and the support you are giving to each other. It frightens me to think that I'm fine smoking but depressed when I'm not and if its really worth it. I've smoked off and on for at least 40 years.

Would appreciate any advise. 

CC to CindiS319

As a long term quitter just know that some people that already suffer from depression may find quitting more difficult But, many of the successful quitters say that there worst depression symptoms lifted after that first year. We all go into a type of depression and shock when we first quit. But cigarettes will cause unending suffering later in life. My teeth got the brunt of my smoking addiction as I've had 12 root canals and now 6 dental implants all due to smoking because smoking robbed my gums of proper oxygen supply. Also, on a sadder note, all our close friends that smoked are dead. They all got cancers and none of them made it to age 65. So, rethink your situation the rationalization of continuing smoking makes no sense. Keep in close contact with your doctor and use whatever substitutes you can and using NRT products helps most people get over the hard months of the quit. Read all the articles on this forum and get fully educated on what to expect as the weeks and months go by. Pack your patience as this is a slow process. Protect your quit and don't let anything or anyone sabotage your quit. You can do this just like so many have. Be proud to be a quitter!! 

"Quitting isn't for Sissies!" I quit poisoning myself Sept. 27, 2013

missmypal

From: missmypal

7/15/19

I don’t think my depression is all smoking, non smoking, related. I think it may actually be a smaller part than I thought. I have had deep depressions while smoking and I was depressed before my quit. So don’t go back to smoking. Stick with the Wellbutrin. Smoking wouldn’t bring me out. I know that. Hoping meds can do it. 

Yvonne1956

From: Yvonne1956

7/15/19

Thank you! I'm exercising and doing Yoga and that has helped me a lot and yes I will continue with wellbutrin.

Yvonne

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