Quiting cigarettes and having a little anxiety

by John

I just quit cigarettes yesterday and told my parents I am quitting and then started having anxiety bad and I started barfing alot please help.

Dear John:

Quitting smoking will temporarily increase your anxiety. Smoking is a way of self medicating and its an effective way!

I smoked for 10 years and I know I was terribly anxious and depressed when I guit.

There is no real reason why you can't be anxious. It can't hurt you, and its temporary where as smoking will permanently cause cancer. It takes alot of work and effort to quit, and there is a withdrawal period associated with it!

People with anxiety disorder are also more likely to smoke, so it may be that you have an underlying issue that you need therapy for.
However, if you feel like it might be helpful, you should talk with your primary care physician about some help with medication for your anxiety.

Good luck to you, and good job!


Kristen McClure

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