Our expert says:
Sounds like it would be a really good idea for you to se a good local shrink to assess this new situation, and advise on the best way to manage it. Smoking cessation is always for the greater good of one's health, but as one breaks out of the addiction, irritability and mood swings are typical effects. The cigarettes didn't specifically help your anxiety and depression, but the period of withdrawal from nicotine adiction is aggravating them. It might be worth considering the use of Zyban, also an antidepressant, but now used predominantly to reduce the problems of withdrawal in smoking cessation.
Buzz's advice, based on direct personal experience, seems sound, too.
And yes, continue to set a good example for your son, who also faces the challenge, not of stopping, but of staying stopped
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