I am 43 and have been smoking since my 18th birthday. Although there have been ups and downs, I would put the average at about 1 pack a day.
I smoked my last cigarette on April 5th. I have used smokeless tobacco as my cravings crutch (I have only taken a "dip" 5 times) because I find the habit distasteful and easy to not want to do again and it has worked for me so far.
I have been told over the last several days that I am not very much fun to be around every since I quit. I dont feel worse, in fact, I feel better about myself. I have gained some weight, but am working on fixing that. I dismissed several of these comments until yesterday when my best friend said to me that he has thought several times about getting me a pack of smokes so that I would cheer up. This was alarming because he has been my main motivator and biggest supporter on my journey towards kicking smoking.
Here's the Question: Has anyone else experienced this? Is mild depression a symptom of nicotine withdrawl/quitting smoking? I am not going back to smoking, I am just curious if this is something that should be expected and will ease in a bit or if there may be something I need to address.
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