If you don’t feel like yourself when you’re quitting smoking, you’re not alone. Withdrawing from nicotine causes a lot of chemical changes in your brain and body, which can affect your mood. Some smokers also say they feel sad after quitting because it’s like saying goodbye to something that has been a big part of their lives for a long time.
Feelings of anger, anxiety, and sadness should be temporary, and getting help from friends, family, and the QuitNet community helps make things easier. If you have a longer history of depression or anxiety, or you’re having trouble coping even after your other withdrawal symptoms have eased up, talk to your doctor or therapist.
Medical review: Nathan Cobb, MD, November 6, 2017