Mental health and smoking
Bipolar, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia are all examples of mental health conditions.
2 out of every 5 cigarettes in England are smoked by people with mental health conditions.
The more you smoke, the more likely you are to feel; anxious, depressed, have suicidal thoughts and you may use more drugs and alcohol.
When you stop smoking, the loss of nicotine changes the levels of dopamine. This can make you feel anxious, depressed and irritable however these effects are short lived whilst the gains are long term.
You don’t have to stop smoking suddenly; you can cut down to quit with the specialist support and medication to suit you.
Stopping smoking is one of the best decisions a lot of people make, this is because they feel healthier in themselves, save money and reduce risks of developing COPD and other long-term conditions.
When you stop smoking, your anxiety, depression and stress levels are lower and your mood improves. By stopping smoking, you also have the potential to reduce your medication intake.