A new study performed on an international level has determined that people who have been diagnosed with depression have a much harder time when they try to quit smoking than individuals who do not have this mental disorder. The study also revealed some good news as well though, because there are treatment options available which can help the depressed smoker overcome the hurdles and succeed. Researchers have determined that individuals who have been diagnosed with depression are twice as likely to smoke as people in the general population, and depressed individuals also have a lower success rate when they make an attempt to quit smoking. There are both physical and mental components that are involved with tobacco addiction and cessation efforts. People who try to quit experience anxiety, stress, and nicotine withdrawal.
The latest study on the impact of depression when trying to quit smoking involved more than 6,800 participants. The study participants were from the USA, Canada, the UK, and Australia. Researchers found that smokers who had depression actually tried to quit smoking more than those in the general population, however depressed smokers who successfully quit usually resumed smoking within the first month of stopping. Women also had lower success rates and higher resumption rates than men did. The full study details and results can be found in the Addiction journal. The study shows that smokers who have depression need to have a more detailed approach and a strong support system in place in order to quit smoking permanently.