I've had a look around the forums and found some great advice on quitting, but nothing that answers this question, so I'm hoping that there's others who might have experienced what I'm going through.
I've been suffering from and being treated for depression for the last two years. In that time, I've made 3 or 4 serious attempts to quit smoking (the longest successful attempt being about a month).
However, every time I've quit, the cold turkey period has been no worse than the general irritability and tiredness, etc symptoms that you'd expect, but the effect after that on my mood and general sociability has been awful.
A friend who's a drugs advice worker has suggested links between smoking and the effect it has on lowering your dopamine and serotonin levels, which obviously isn't very good for someone who's trying to stabilise them in the first place!
I'd really like to quit again, but am afraid of this effect it'll have again if I do (especially on my friends and family) and am considering turning to hypnotherapy, as I've tried various other techniques (Allan Carr and Neil Casey's books, cold turkey, NRT) but can't even seem to get a straight answer out of the hypnotherapist I contacted or my doctor over hether they think it's a good idea or not!
The hypnotherapist has suggested that hypnotherapy may well help the depression too, but I don't want to lay down over Â£100 on it only for it to make me feel worse, and then to have the failure of starting on the fags again!
Has anybody else been in a similar situation and can offer any advice?
Sorry for the rambling post!
P.S. My wife and all my friends smoke too, which probably adds to the feeling of lonliness when I've quit and obviously increases temptation, but as I can't really demand anyone else quits I'm not sure how much of a contributing factor that is!