Smoking and mental health Watch
I feel awful today, and I've been smoking. But I've also been stuck at home all day.
Yesterday I was on nicotine patches (trying to kick the habit), and felt ok-ish, but I did go out for a day-trip to the beach.
Have you noticed that smoking worsens your mental health?
I thought it was the opposite, that smoking relieves symptoms in mental illnesses? That would be the reason that so many people with mental illnesses smoke. I used to smoke and found it made me feel a lot better. Since quitting I've spent a not-insignificant amount of time trying to persuade myself that taking it up again is a bad idea.
I don't know if nicotine helps me much but I am fairly convinced it doesn't make me worse whereas the sudden withdrawal of it probably does make me worse
I've been to quite a few different services and yeah, often a lot of smokers. I think those of us that struggle often look to external means to help us cope, all manner of drugs, legal or not. I do believe we are generally more sensitive to substances too, and get addicted to things easier because we can't think straight.
I used to smoke tobacco, and although i was addicted, i was quite sensitive to nicotine. Faster heart rate, sudden focus, head rush, shakes. Enjoyable but also scary, since a lot of those are basically my panic attack symptoms.
I currently vape with an ecig and have a lot more control over the amount of nicotine i have, along with it being less harmful to lungs. I kinda use it now to help stabilize my mood and distract me.
Nicotine has helpful medical uses, but its hard to control i think due to its addictiveness.
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