I am beginning to wonder if cigarettes can cause mental illness or at least make mental illness worse.
Cigarettes have been link to almost every major psychical health issue there is, but not to mental issues. You have to wonder though after all cigarettes change neurochemicals in the brain, so why couldn't it cause some peoples brains to get messed up?
Mentally ill people smoke more cigarettes than the general population and in the studies I have read they seem to chalk that up by saying "maybe mentally ill people started smoking to relieve their stress", but how would the brain of a mentally ill person, that never had nicotine, know that if it just smokes it will feel better? It doesn't make since and like Judge Judy says "If it doesn't make sense it's not true.".
I think in some cases cigarettes cause mental illness. After all some people can't take certain medication without having bad side effects while other people have no issue with the medication, so why should cigarettes be any different?
I know I was always a nervous person and seemed to worry more than other children, but I can honestly say the bulk of my issues surfaced around the time I started smoking, but then I was also a teenager at that time, so that could also have been a major cause of it escalating.
I know at one point I quit for 4 years and had anxiety during that time as well, but then I was hiding the fact I was gay and had a girlfriend. I was also living on my own for the first time away from home and was over 300 miles from my family, so that I can see would also aggravate an existing anxiety disorder.
I don't know, it is just a guess about the cigarettes causing mental illness in some people or even making mental illness worse. I just know from experience the longer I have smoked the worse I have become mentally. Then again maybe I would have become just as nervous if I never smoked, who knows.
I found when I did a search on google about cigarettes causing mental illness not many results came up, so I figured I would write a post, so others out there that are wondering if cigarettes cause mental illness could find my blog and comment or tell me their own experiences with it.