Posted by Ritch on March 3, 2005, at 12:14:06
In reply to Re: ADD and Nicotine? » Ritch, posted by gadman on March 3, 2005, at 10:24:20
> I was a heavy smoker and caffeine user throughout my life.
> Appr 4 years ago I quit smoking and have had problems with Anxiety/Depression ever since??? I never before drew the correlation (until recently) but it is strange that in the same year I quit smoking, I had to be put on Effexor for Anxiety/Depression.
> This happened about 8 months after I quit smoking.
> I know this isn't ADD but I have been diagnosed GAD/Minor OCD...
That is interesting. The only stuff that works the best for my bipolar depressions (which are ADD-like big time), are drugs that work well for ADHD. I didn't mention it, but when I also quit smoking I became a lot more restless as well (being unable to sit still). Perhaps smoking was self-medicating a depressive ADD symptom cluster? Nicotine produces a simultaneous *alerting* and *calming* effect. Hmmm. Just the two things that seem to be the hardest states to maintain! :)