Depression?

Hello ...for last two days...I'm feeling completely shut off...no interest in life anymore...work is there pending ...don't know whats going on...cravings are not that hurtful but this new changes in my personality are hell to deal with...so much angry and depressed...don't want to go to psychiatrist as I don't need more chemicals to deal with old ones....hate anti-depressants....does anyone went through such personality changes? Any suggestions?

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  • Hello ...for last two days...I'm feeling completely shut off...no interest in life anymore...work is there pending ...don't know whats going on...cravings are not that hurtful but this new changes in my personality are hell to deal with...so much angry and depressed...don't want to go to psychiatrist as I don't need more chemicals to deal with old ones....hate anti-depressants....does anyone went through such personality changes? Any suggestions?

    Hi Rick,

    I'm sorry that you're feeling so low at the moment. I had some minor symptoms of depression on and off when I first quit (sleepy all the time, not interested in conversations when out with friends etc), but not as severe as you have had. I think that a mild amount of anger is normal, as we used to deal with any emotions by lighting up. Happy, sad, angry, stressed. It was always pushed to one side by haveing a cigarette and *thinking* that it was having the desired effect.

    For me, the last couple of months has been about learning to deal with emotions in a different way, and I've become calmer because of it I think :)

    I would suggest seeing your GP, but making it clear that you don't want medication. Maybe you just need an outlet? A certain type of exercise that you know will perk you up maybe?

    I hope you're feeling better soon x

  • Hi Rick :)

    Sorry you're feeling like that!!

    I got it to an extent as well (worrying for me 'cos I have depression and used to lean on smoking to "cure" it) but it doesn't last.

    Feeling empty/low is one of the symptoms of quitting unfortunately as your brain has to learn to make it's own hormones again instead of us smoking them (I think nicotine mimics dopamine) but when it does you'll be fine!!

    Meantime do feel good things, exercise is fab as it releases feel good hormones, as does eating choccie ;)

  • I had this in a previous quit. Was an odd feeling, i just was indifferent to everything. Stuff i usually enjoyed doing held little appeal, no motivation, just felt completely empty.

    Thankfully it lifted after a few days, i just woke up one morning & felt fine.

  • Things like this Rick...:rolleyes: you have to have faith.You REALLY do have to have faith that things will come right in time.

    Smoking is such an insidious addiction,it reaches into every pore,every part of your being:(.You have to give your mind and your body a blank cheque and ask them to restore themselves,and have a belief that they will,while you endure the misery of craves-'cos you know what,if you give them that time -THEY WILL restore,and as good as,if not better than new :D:D

    Thank you Max for this!!!

    Since letting go of cigarettes (Roll-ups, Golden Virginia) I realized that all my life I have been honest and loyal to anyone, except to myself! Cigarettes would hide many aspects of the way I am and interact. Living without the presence of cigarette has brought to light the parallel journey of having to learn to live with myself again, which is not being much easier than quitting the smoking “habit”.

    Learning to cope with emotions, and to live with many other aspects that the cigarettes would adjust to their need rather than ours, takes time, commitment and patience.

    The inner journey to really get in touch with one’s own self after the wall built by the addiction has gone is what we are in now I guess. New horizons opening all around us. New ways to relate to the environment we live in.. all very new, fresh and fragile.

    I still feel very vulnerable without the cigarette. Not always, but in too many circumstances compared to before quitting.

    On my account, best way to contrast depression is to move. Not let sadness to take over. Breath, move, and call for strength and faith, and yes, be angry, but in the constructive way, which is facing the addictions, the tensions, the depressions, and stand them all and tell them, “I’m stronger than you are, you can do whatever you want, I won’t be giving in, the more you try me the more I know you are false, be you gone “, than feel the love and the confidence softly rise in you, and know that those are true because they cause you no harm, no violence or conflict whatsoever, just softly lifting up your soul, with delicacy and steadiness, and sending to the mind the message that you can rely on them, that they are the strongest supportive and connective links you dispose of and that they are part of you, while the addiction/depression/fears (etc.) are not!

    Really love and confidence have the power to dispel fear doubt, and pain…

    Let’s take the “habit” to be in love the most we can! How about that?

    Best wishes to you ricksalovan, and to anyone suffering from depression! This too, like the cravings, is temporary, just passing by, let it be gone!

  • Rick

    Sorry to read you're feeling low, I can relate to that, although I have found this quit relatively easy, I had the strangest ever feeling of just feeling totally lost, and huge overwhelming feelings of sadness, It was awful.

    However, it does pass, promise:)

    Fi x

  • Thank you Max for this!!!

    Since letting go of cigarettes (Roll-ups, Golden Virginia) I realized that all my life I have been honest and loyal to anyone, except to myself! Cigarettes would hide many aspects of the way I am and interact. Living without the presence of cigarette has brought to light the parallel journey of having to learn to live with myself again, which is not being much easier than quitting the smoking “habit”.

    Learning to cope with emotions, and to live with many other aspects that the cigarettes would adjust to their need rather than ours, takes time, commitment and patience.

    The inner journey to really get in touch with one’s own self after the wall built by the addiction has gone is what we are in now I guess. New horizons opening all around us. New ways to relate to the environment we live in.. all very new, fresh and fragile.

    I still feel very vulnerable without the cigarette. Not always, but in too many circumstances compared to before quitting.

    On my account, best way to contrast depression is to move. Not let sadness to take over. Breath, move, and call for strength and faith, and yes, be angry, but in the constructive way, which is facing the addictions, the tensions, the depressions, and stand them all and tell them, “I’m stronger than you are, you can do whatever you want, I won’t be giving in, the more you try me the more I know you are false, be you gone “, than feel the love and the confidence softly rise in you, and know that those are true because they cause you no harm, no violence or conflict whatsoever, just softly lifting up your soul, with delicacy and steadiness, and sending to the mind the message that you can rely on them, that they are the strongest supportive and connective links you dispose of and that they are part of you, while the addiction/depression/fears (etc.) are not!

    Really love and confidence have the power to dispel fear doubt, and pain…

    Let’s take the “habit” to be in love the most we can! How about that?

    Best wishes to you ricksalovan, and to anyone suffering from depression! This too, like the cravings, is temporary, just passing by, let it be gone!

    The first paragraph is one of the most powerful posts i've ever read on here

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