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I have been quit
for 1 Month, 1 Week, 3 Days, 22 hours, 20 minutes and 47 seconds (38 days).
Lara’s Top 50 Why I quit smoking
I got pneumonia. (see # 23)
I thought I could be dying.
I was tired of feeling like a social outcast.
I missed many (thousands) of fun, social experiences because
I had to feed my monster.
I was embarrassed to feed my monster in front of
others who didn’t smoke.
I was tired a lot.
I was sick a lot.
I was alone a lot.
I was tired of solitude, I felt isolated and
alone, but had no one but myself to blame.
When I got laid off in August 2010, I constantly
“comforted myself” with marijuana laced cigarettes. This became problematic on
I remember taking my boyfriend to the airport, off to
his job in CA, and coming home to massive quantities of nicotine and marijuana. I would roll a cig and smoke a joint at 7 am. I would feel tired and lame, so I would go back to
bed for hours. I would wake up feeling lame, so I would smoke more to comfort
myself…You get the picture here. Cyclical.
I hated how I was looking towards the end of my smoking career. I looked pale, grey, stale and ugly.
I honestly couldn’t look at myself towards the
end of my smoking career. I avoided mirrors.
My eyes were dark and sunken. Deathly dark,
lifeless and weak. Ugly and lifeless.
I hated how I constantly had to wash my hands,
my teeth, my clothes, my hair.
In the latter part of my smoking career, I showered
in the AM, and in PM to wash the stink away.
I hated how I stank, and didn’t want to anyone
to know I smoked. Hide, hide, hide…
I hated hiding my habit.
I’ve spent $14,400 on nicotine!
scared to die alone.
I was scared to live with a horrible,
disfiguring disease caused by continued smoking.
I felt stupid, especially knowing my mom died of
Mom got pneumonia 12 years ago. When she got sick, instead of
getting help or quitting, she kept smoking, which led to her painful and very scary death. I love you Mom and always will. I am so
sorry you had to go through that. I wish you were still with us. I miss you so...much...it....hurts....
I hated how my car smelled and how I felt
embarrassed to give any coworkers a ride.
I hated that occasionally I would allow myself and others smoke in my
apartment, and my place and belongings would stink for days.
I hated that I smoked in front of my dog, in the
car with my dog, and she would sneeze or run away. I was hurting her, and I didn’t
understand. What kind of momma was I?
I was ashamed of myself on so many occasions,
especially when I was having nicotine withdrawals.
I behaved irrationally and often meanly. I was
short and bitter to those around me who didn’t smoke.
My emotions were constantly being masked by
cigarettes. Who was I??
I had stained crusty cuticles and my two smoking
fingertips looked ugly no matter how many manicures I got, or how much lotion I
used. It was all to cover my addictive behavior up, nothing seemed to be naturally
My teeth started to look like smokers teeth and I
know my breath was disgusting.
I started feeling tightness in my chest.
My wheezing towards the end of my smoking career
scared me more than anything.
I wasn’t healthy, but paraded around like I was…like,
hey, look at me, I lost almost 20 pounds! (by drinking and smoking too much mind you...not by eating healthy and exercising) The “natural beauty” in me was slowly fading away...
I felt like I was fast losing that natural
beauty so many people had always remarked about…such a pretty girl...
Wrinkles around my eyes and lips are becoming
apparent…those won’t go away.
I noticed lots of hair in my brush.
38. My drain was clogging up on a weekly basis and I was pulling hair out of the drain every time I showered.
When I smoked
at work (very rare) I felt like I was wearing a scarlet letter afterwards. Sigh…
I hated smoking in the cold, rain and watching
people pass by, giving me that pitiful look.
I couldn’t wear clothes two days in a row. I had
to let stuff air out…or wash it.
I remember having a few job interviews after I got
sick in Dec, and I am sure I didn’t get those jobs because because I smelled and looked like a smoker.
I want to live long with my friends and partner.
My boyfriend said when I moaned during "playtime" he had to
turn away. Wow. Really?
I was afraid of being a smoker around his family. How would be able to do this without them knowing?
Smoking marijuana cigarettes made me unintelligible, socially
awkward (more than I already am) insecure, paranoid, irrational, moody,
anxious, lazy, unhealthy, blurry, ashamed, and depressed most of the
time. Plus I munched like crazy which was not doing my waistline or general health any
I hated walking around trying to be happy and
resenting truly happy people. Like, what’s their deal? Show offs.
They obviously haven’t truly lived if the are so “happy”. What are they on? I’ve lived and life is pretty hard.
I was tired of feeling sorry for myself, like
life sucked. Life doesn't have to suck. Life is a gift.
I started looking at myself when I turned 40. I had never really thought aboutmy own mortality, but I started to...I figured I had another 10 – 12 years left if I kept on smoking. (Mom died at 53) I
knew that if I didn’t make the decision to stop now, I would
likely die a smoker. This was enough to get the ball rolling. Thank Goddess I did.
I found Freedom and Why Quit. After days of reading non stop, I got it. I am addicted. One=ALL. NTAP. The healing has begun, and it is truly amazing...So many of these items can be removed. I am free and healing. Thank you for saving my LIFE!
I have been quit for 1 Month, 1 Week, 3 Days, 23 hours, 1 minute and 48 seconds (38 days).
I have saved $116.87 by not smoking 389 cigarettes.
I have saved 1 Day, 8 hours and 25 minutes of my life.
My Quit Date: 2/21/2011 5:00
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NOTE: This information is not meant to tell you for sure if you have major depression. It cannot take the place of seeing a mental health professional.It is common for people who are feeling bad to think about hurting themselves or dying. If you or someone you know is having these feelings, they are in crisis. Get help now. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) to reach a 24-hour crisis center or dial 911.Both 1-800 numbers are open all the time to give free, private help to people in crisis. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, runs both crisis centers. For more information, go to http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.Para obtener asistencia en español durante las 24 horas, llame al 1-888-628-9454.
Depression is more than feeling sad or having a bad day. People with depression usually feel down, blue, or sad, and they have other signs, such as:
You may have depression if:
Use our depression screening quiz to see if you are depressed. You should consider seeing your doctor or a qualified mental health professional, especially if these problems are getting in the way of your life or are making you stressed.
There are many things that increase a person’s chance of getting depressed. Everyone is different, but here are some common things that can lead to depression:
Everyone has down days and times when they feel sad. Sadness could turn into depression, but depression and sadness are different in these ways:
Mood changes are common after quitting smoking. You might be irritable, restless, or feel down or blue. Changes in mood from quitting smoking (withdrawal) usually get better in 1 or 2 weeks, and they are not as serious.
If you find that you are feeling very down after quitting smoking, then you should talk about this with friends and family, and also call your doctor. This is also true if you have symptoms from the list above. See "What is depression?" and the depression screening quiz.
In general, about 1 out of every 6 adults will have depression at some time in their life. Depression affects about 15,000,000 American adults every year.
Anyone can get depressed. Depression can happen at any age and to any type of person.But some types of people seem more likely to get depressed than others. For example,
Your race, ethnicity, or how much money you make doesn’t change your chance of getting depression.
Nobody knows why smokers are more likely to have depression than non-smokers, but there a number of guesses. People who have depression might smoke to feel better. Or smokers might get depression more easily because they smoke. Other ideas are also possible. More research is needed to find out for sure.No matter what the cause, there are treatments that work for both depression and smoking.
No. You should look for ways to get help with your depression. Smoking does not treat depression. Remember that smoking is linked to many serious health problems for both the smokers and the people around them. Finding ways to help your depression and quit smoking are the best way to go.
Everyone is different. For some people, it will only last a few weeks, some for many months if not treated.For many people, depression is only a problem during really stressful times (like a divorce or the death of a loved one). For other people, depression happens off and on through their life.
But, for both groups of people, there are treatments for depression that can help reduce the symptoms and shorten how long the feelings last.
Yes! Treatment almost always helps to reduce symptoms and shorten how long the depression lasts. A common problem is that too few people get help. Many people think that depression is not a real problem, can’t be all that serious, or is a sign that they are simply not tough enough to deal with life. None of these are true.
You do not need to feel shy or embarrassed about talking openly and honestly about your feelings and worries. This is an important part of getting better, working on ways to help your mood.
Many people benefit from treatment for depression, even if the symptoms are not serious. So you don’t need to have a lot of symptoms of depression before talking to your doctor or a qualified mental health professional (see "Who provides therapy?") about getting treatment.
If you find that you have 5 or more signs from the list above (see "What is depression?" or the depression screening quiz), you should talk with your doctor or a qualified mental health professional. This is especially true if the feelings have lasted 2 weeks or more, are making you worried, or are getting in the way of your daily life.
There are many good treatments for depression, and more than 8 out of every 10 people who use them get better. Treatment usually means getting psychotherapy/counseling, taking medications, or doing both. Your doctor or a qualified mental health professional can help you figure out what treatment is best for you.
Therapy has shown to be quite helpful and is often an important part of treatment for depression.Getting therapy does not mean you will be in treatment forever. Most talk therapy is for a short time. Depending on how serious your feelings are, it can mean meeting only a few times with a therapist. Most talk therapy focuses on thoughts, feelings, and issues that are happening in your life now. In some cases, understanding your past can help, but finding ways to address what is happening in your life now can help you cope and be ready for challenges in the future.
Therapy is more than just telling your therapist about your problems. It means working with your therapist to improve coping with the things happening in your life, change behaviors that are causing problems, and find solutions. Your therapist may give you some homework in between meetings; things for you to think about and work on. This might include making a list of situations that give you negative thoughts and feelings, or looking at things in a different way.
Some common goals of therapy:
There are many kinds of people who have been trained to give therapy and help you. These include:
More important than their training, you should find someone you can talk with honestly and openly. Your therapist won’t have all the answers, but the key is to find someone you can work with as a partner to help you find answers.
Many people with depression find that taking medication is a useful tool in improving their mood and coping. Medications for depression are called antidepressants. Antidepressants cannot solve all your problems like magic, but they can help you to even out your mood and be more able to handle events in your life that are making your mood worse.
Antidepressants are prescription medications, so talk to your doctor if you want to take them. If your doctor writes you a prescription for an antidepressant, ask exactly how you should take the medication.There are many medications, so you and your doctor have options to choose from. Sometimes it takes trying a couple different medications to find the best one for you, so be patient. If you are worried about cost, ask your doctor or pharmacist if the medication comes in a generic form. Generic medications can cost less than brand names.
When taking these medications, it is important to stick with them for awhile. Many people start feeling better a few days after starting the medication, but it often takes 1–2 weeks of taking it to feel a big difference, and 4 weeks to feel the most benefit. It is also common to have to change the dose, so you will want to work closely with your doctor.
How long a person takes antidepressants is very different from person to person. Many people are on them for 6–12 months, and some people take them for longer. Again, you and your doctor will want to talk about what is best for you.
Antidepressants are safe and work well for most people, but it is still important to talk with your doctor about side effects you may get. Side effects usually do not get in the way of daily life, and they go away as your body gets used to the medication.
If you notice that your mood is getting worse, especially if you have thoughts about hurting yourself, it is important to call your doctor right away.
There are many things you can do to help lift your mood and improve feelings of depression.
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