Smoking as short-term medication against depression
After a trauma, people with depression get short-term benefits from smoking. This writes M. L. Meewisse, health psychologist at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, in her recent report. She relies on the examination of the impact of the large firework explosion in Enschede (Netherlands).
In this study, she looked at the levels of the "cortisol" in the saliva of nearly 100 people who lived in the affected area of the disaster.
Be aware! Smoking helps against a depression on short-term, but on long-term it's even damaging the mental stability of the smoker. For long-term, it's better to switch to electronic smoking. Other studies have shown that e-smokers are less sensitive to depressions. They become happier and get a better self-image. Also the positive reactions in the environment of e-smokers are helping.
Smoking calms down
If you smoke, the body makes more cortisol. That is calming, especially to people with having a depression. Between two cigarettes, the cortisol level decreases. After smoking a cigarette, this cortisol level rises back again.
Meewisse further explains: "All these changes could lead to psychological instability and higher cigarette consumption".
Smokers are more sensitive
According to the psychologist smokers are generally more susceptible to depression and other symptoms of a psychological nature. It is advisable to treat simultaneously the depression and cigarette addiction of a patient. In this way, we can brake the vicious circle.
Immediately after the fireworks disaster in Enschede, about half of the residents had psychological symptoms. Four years later it was 30%. Even 10 years later still 10% of the people has complaints.