I was clinically depressed before I started smoking 44 years ago. Maybe that temporary "reward" signal in the brain from smoking made me feel almost normal. I tried to get that feeling from other substances, too. Big mistake. The last substance is nicotine. It may be true that we with depression have a harder time quitting, but I will not allow that in my thoughts & use it as an excuse to fail. Besides, probably most people who are smoking today suffer some degree of depression. Why else would they continue a repulsive, filthy, socially ostracizing, health horror but to try to get that "lift"? Has smoking ever made me feel less depressed? No. It made me feel more depressed for smoking, for being addicted, for looking weak and sick, for being controlled. I've had some support and info from the link below, if you'd like to explore this idea.
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