Ok, any help or advice welcome

Just struggling with what feels like depression but I'm generally an upbeat, chilled person (I think...husband might think differently ๐Ÿ˜€). I don't know what depression is but I'd say my symptoms amount to feeling on the verge of tears pretty much constantly, my God do I feel sad, I feel a bit sick and have done for the last few days, I'm really struggling to concentrate on anything, I'm losing energy to do anything it seems, I'm still having trouble sleeping and just generally feel out of character. I feel panicky and lost. Reading this back, I'll be going to the docs on Mon...I sound like a head case ๐Ÿ˜† Just wondered if this is part of this wonderful quitting journey? It's been a barrel of laughs so far ey??!! ๐Ÿ˜

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  • Hi rachel, sorry to hear your not feeling too good.

    Anxiety and mild depression are very common symptoms of recovery. reading your post reminds me of myself. I experienced exactly the same things. I am glad your going to see your GP and more importantly, you are not a head case at all. The symptoms of recovery can be relentless.

    Hang in there, it does get better :) :)

  • Good morning Rachel, sorry to hear your feeling this way, I only quit 2 weeks ago and I to was feeling sad and a bit lost, so I guess it is part of the journey. So you are truely not alone, and like you my husband said I was a misery, that was before I give up๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ bless him. I get around this by keeping busy, my house is like a show home๐Ÿ˜ƒ. Please be assured that the lovely members are here for you, don't give up NOPE NOPE NOPE๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

  • Hi Rachel,

    From your symptoms it does sound like a depressive illness.

    I felt this way over the summer and eventually my friends dragged me to the doctors where I totally broke down. I had thought the doctor would just send me away and not see how depressed I was but I was wrong and the doctor was brilliant. I have started anti depressants which I was a bit worried about but they definitely helped.

    It sounds like ur symptoms are more than being caused by stopping smoking but you should definitely reach out for help. Like me you will be surprised how supportive everyone can be and you get back to feeling yourself.

    Hope this helps xxx

  • Hi Rachel, I really feel for you at the moment. Depression, whatever the cause, is no laughing matter. When I hit 3 months smoke free I suddenly hit a massive depressive period. I was irrational, moody, tearful and incredibly low in mood. Looking back I think it was because up until 3 months I was basking in the glory of quitting then the long haul hit home and I grieved for smoking. This stage does pass but it is so important to get help from your GP who will be able to help you. You are not alone and everyone here for sure is behind you x

  • Hi Rachel,

    I really hope your doctor can help you with this depression you're in. I don't know what 3 months smokefree feels like. I'm only in my 7 th week. But good on ya๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

    All the best๐Ÿ’


  • Hi Rachel .. A lot of us have experienced what you describe as a not unusual part of recovery .. I know I have. Going back to smoking isn't the answer.

    This occurring at 3 months, you are wise to see a doctor .. I did too, at about 2 mos. plus. I'm glad I dd. The long term pay off is terrific! Hang in there and let us know how you are doing.

  • Hope it gets sorted out Rachel I only 5 weeks in so not got them feelings yet , found it easy up 2 now , but we all different , but it's got to be better than smokeing chic , stay strong Hun it should get better ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’

  • Hiya Rachel, really sorry to hear you're feeling blue๐Ÿ˜ข

    Quitting can throw up such an emotional roller coaster of emotions and is linked to anxiety and depression. You are NOT a head case and it helps to put your feelings out there. A chat with your G.P. will help put your mind at rest and we are always here for you. Don't forget what an amazing job you're doing๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ smoking really takes a huge toll on our body and it can take time to get things back on track but you will get there. Hope you're feeling better soon๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ˜Šx

  • Hi Rachel, I could have written your post. Except I'm a male. Its been seven months for me, and if anything its getting worse. You know you've done the right thing but the urge wont go away. I hope you feel better soon. Best wishes.

  • Hiya Brunac and well done on 7 months quit๐Ÿ˜Š

    Although it may not feel like it at the moment, those urges will get less and less. Sometimes when I smell fresh smoke I think mmmmm that smells good but then I hate the smell of stale smoke coz it actually sickens me. For me it's probably going to always be like thatโ˜น๏ธbut I choose not to smoke and often remind myself of that. You made the right choice too, so be very proud and keep fighting those urges๐Ÿ˜Šx

  • I felt the same,a bit like a bereavement & absolutely horrible.I truly hope that you get the help you need from your G.P. & please get well VERY soon.Sending hugs your way x

  • Thank you all for your support, your kindness and just generally being there with such warm advice and loveliness!๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š. Will see what the doc says tomorrow...and let you all know!

  • Yes it is part of the journey--but good you are going to the Dr today--I found I am low on B-12 and D so that played into feeling worse so you might want to get those levels checked--even so if they are fine the weepy,down stuff is part of losing your best friend and worse enemy--It will get better--just ride it out--cry if you need to-I was real angry off and on too--so don't let that catch you off guard--You are trying to come off a drug stronger than heroin--and more addictive--Be proud you are trying to get healthy and know that every change is ultimately a step towards a better and cleaner future--ok?? blessings

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