What if Feelings of Depression Develop or Get Worse While Quitting?

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Quitting smoking may make some people depressed or anxious, whether quitting with medication or not. If you have feelings of depression or anxiety lasting for more than two weeks or that get worse, you should get help. Talk to your doctor and seek appropriate emergency help.

  • Sometimes people who are feeling depressed think about hurting themselves or dying. If you or someone you know is having these feelings, get help now.
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifelineexternal icon at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. TTY: 1-800-799-4889. Online chatexternal icon is available 24/7.
  • Call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency department for emergency medical treatment.
  • Don’t be alone. Don’t leave another person alone if they are in crisis.