Our expert says:
Stop Smoking Advice
I think many people with mood/anxiety disorders use smoking as an attempt to "self-medicate", and there's a vicious cycle effect, because smoking actually worsens anxiety symptoms (really) and, because it damages your health overall, it raises risk for depression, which is closely linked to aspects of physical health. As your doctors say - depression has a biological basis. I also agree that it is very hard for anyone with a mood disorder to give up whatever may make them feel a little better in the moment - even if it's bad for them in the long run. But there are indeed many cases of people with your medical background who have successfully stopped using cigarettes or other damaging substances. Don't beat yourself up about quitting and then starting again. Most successful quitters had several tries before they quit for good. The important thing is not to give up trying!
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