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  •  It was in retrospect that I noticed an emotional (9+ / 0-)

    depression that I could blame on nico-withdrawal. That Really PISSED ME OFF!!! If it weren't for the anger I may not have survived the depression. I really think it is neither fair nor proper to sell one's fellow being a product that will cause depression upon discontinuance. But what do I know....

    There is no they, We will sink or swim together.... We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness

    by GDbot on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 05:03:44 PM PST

    •  More sadness than depression? (6+ / 0-)
      •  I never noticed the difference. No matter, never (6+ / 0-)

        mind. I knew better this time around.....thank goodness

        There is no they, We will sink or swim together.... We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness

        by GDbot on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 06:21:53 PM PST

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        •  I don't doubt it was depression (2+ / 0-)
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          Wordsinthewind, GDbot

          Sadness is fleeting. Depression kind of lurks for a while (more than a couple of weeks), at low levels that impact your quality of life, or at more severe levels that can be dangerous if left unaddressed. Quitting smoking (or any other substance use) is a frequent trigger for the onset (or re-emergence) of depression...after all, smoking itself is a way to self-medicate funky brain chemistry, so smokers often have existing predisposition to depression that the nicotine has sort of "tamed" for a while. I know it was that way for me. I too found anger a useful tool in not backsliding.

          "When did it fall apart? Sometime in the '80s / When the great and the good gave way to the greedy and the mean." - Billy Bragg

          by Vacationland on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 06:35:33 AM PST

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    •  I got that as well. (6+ / 0-)

      Some do, some don't.  My doctor warned me about it, and advised that he'd be happy to raise my antidepressant dosage if it became a bother.

      It lasted about six weeks and then disappeared, never having gone much past minor (and not that annoying since I knew what it was).  For some people, it can be a real kicker.

      This was the same doctor who jumped up and down when I told him I went to the e-cig.  Needless to say, we get along well.

      (-6.25, -6.77) Moderate left, moderate libertarian

      by Lonely Liberal in PA on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 10:18:26 PM PST

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