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What are the mental, emotional, and behavioral symptoms of nicotine withdrawal?

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How much you're mentally and emotionally affected when you quit smoking is different for everybody. But assume you will deal with some or all of the following signs of withdrawal:

  • Anxiety. Smoking relieves stress, so your anxiety can skyrocket when you quit. It tends to pop up around 3 days in and can last a couple of weeks.
  • Depression. It can start the first day you quit but is generally gone within a month. But if you have a history of anxiety and/or depression, yours could last longer and you might need extra help from your doctor to manage your symptoms.
  • Irritability. You might have a short fuse -- even find yourself angry -- from time to time as you deal with the physical symptoms. It’s normal and should pass.
  • Mental fog. You’ll probably have a hard time concentrating as the nicotine wears off and leaves your body.

From: What is Nicotine Withdrawal? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Quit Smoking Community: “Nicotine Withdrawal Timeline.”

American Cancer Society: “Why is it so hard to quit smoking?”

SmokeFree.gov: “Managing Withdrawal.”

National Cancer Institute: “How To Handle Withdrawal Symptoms and Triggers When You Decide To Quit Smoking.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on March 26, 2019

SOURCES:

Quit Smoking Community: “Nicotine Withdrawal Timeline.”

American Cancer Society: “Why is it so hard to quit smoking?”

SmokeFree.gov: “Managing Withdrawal.”

National Cancer Institute: “How To Handle Withdrawal Symptoms and Triggers When You Decide To Quit Smoking.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on March 26, 2019

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