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Message Subject Nicotine fights fear, anxiety, PTSD
Poster Handle Anonymous Coward
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There might be something to this. I have PTSD from some pretty nasty things that happened to me during my childhood and as an adult. I chew nicotine gum and have noticed a marked decrease in PSTD symptoms for the past 3 1/2 years I've been chewing. It doesn't alleviate symptoms when I'm in periods of extreme stress but now that I think of it the nicotine helps! Figures, I quit smoking and now I'm addicted to the gum. My doctor says its still better than smoking.
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I'm an ex-cigarette smoker, haven't had one since 1986. A few years after I quit I developed an anxiety disorder, at the time I just thought it was mid-life crisis, but in looking back now I can see the link to PTSD symptoms and tobacco.

In an attempt to ease my anxiety my GP prescribed Xannax which has huge side effects and didn't really help. Over the course of that year I also tried Ambin for insomnia which helps you get to sleep, but leaves you feeling like a zombie the next day.

Anyway, today I smoke cannabis and have been doing so over the last 10 years which has eliminated the anxiety and has made me quite fearless... On top of that I was able to stop taking a blood pressure medication.

Well, thats my story, thanks for the link between nicotine and PTSD.
 
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