Other than the previously known deadly effects of nicotine, this study raises the hazards of cigarette smoking exponentially. Smoking has now been identified as a substance disorder illness which leads to other medical issues such as the direct cause for psychiatric illness and chronic pain symptoms.
The short term effects of inhaling nicotine acts as an quick antidepressant stimulant. That’s why people who has or had dealt with forms of depression are likely to be smokers because of the self-medicating effects. When they try to quite smoking, the most common side effect is depression. If their depression happens to be chronic, then the result is a tougher time to kick the habit. Then unfortunately the depression gets even worse, and thus creates the urge to have another cigarette.
So the entire ‘Stop Smoking’ recovery process has to be looked at in whole. Recently the World Health Organization (WHO) recently released long term results from a study that involved over 2,000 men and women. The study proved that the highest depression rate (over 25%) was found in people that smoked, while non-smokers had the lowest rate, (around 7 percent). Also, around 17 percent of the participants who had recently quit smoking were depressed as well.
The WHO report is just a sample of the latest of many who support the link between depression and smoking. Other researchers from various Universities who studied over 9,000 university graduates who were smokers over a seven year or longer period, found that there was an extremely large number of smokers (over 40%), who suffered from depression, compared to people who didn’t smoke.
Another study in an University in Finland conducted a large scale study of over 50,000 people between the ages 22 to 69 years old, found that depression along with anxiety were commonly found in current smokers, then followed by people who had recently quit and then those who never smoked. The study concluded that there is a strong link between smoking cigarettes and depression as well as anxiety.
Did you know that in as little as 9 seconds, a smoker inhaling nicotine calms a smokers brain, like other substances that are highly addictive, nicotine attaches to the brains core neuron which controls the minds reward system. That’s the same area of the brain where certain beneficial behaviors (like drinking some water when you are thirsty) reinforces and rewards the brain. The neurons releases a chemical called dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter, which enters the brain, and produces pleasure and encourages a repeat of the same behaviors that originally caused the same sense of well-being. That pleasure derived, and the brains need for it, drives the process that is addiction.
This link between smoking and depression is also prominent in teens who smoke. Once addicted, the need for nicotine dependence is directly correlated with those that smoke for more than nonsmokers.
So smoking, once a cool thing to do is proving to produce additional deadly consequences. So what is required are some valid tips for those who want to stop smoking, and help for those who also find themselves depressed, and are aware that possibly giving up smoking would plunge them further into feeling melancholy.
When you first quit smoking, you will feel grumpy, extremely irritable, or even dysphoria. These drastic mood symptoms such as dysphoria…are time sensitive and will usually pass with ongoing abstinence of nicotine. If you feel that you may have chronic depression, its best you see your doctor or other health or even mental health professionals.
Some of the telltale signs of depression may include: feelings of hopelessness, persistent feeling of sadness, feelings of failure and guilt, disappointment in others and more importantly yourself, chronic crying or the inability to cry, serious changes in your appearance, constant fatigue, difficulty sleeping, changes in appetite.
The physical benefits once you quit smoking doesn’t take very long to kick in. Studies show that even after eight hours, the carbon monoxide present in the body drastically drops. After around 3 days, lung capacity significantly increases. After two weeks, the body’s entire circulation improves. Within six to nine months of stop smoking, smokers experience less fatigue, coughing, and shortness of breath.