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Old 02-07-18, 11:03 AM
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Re: my horrible addiction to smoking

For 24 years I self-medicated w/ large quantities of Nicotine (2+ packs/day if not drinking)and added in large quantities of caffeine (1-2 pots coffee/day during all of day). I was unaware that I was self-medicating most of my ADHD issues and when I quit smoking (hated smoker's hack in the morning and brown phlegm) symptoms started popping up that interfered w/ me performing at the same high levels causing additional problems. The situation snowballed over the next few years w/ symptoms of depression emerging and worsening. The point being is if you are self-medicating w/ the nicotine and discontinue the med by quitting cigarettes, those newly-unmedicated issues will need to be addressed somehow. Unaddressed, new or old symptoms may pop-up and slowly worsen.

Not saying you should or shouldn't quit. I am saying it may present new problems to deal with after the cravings are gone. GL Sarah, -LN
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