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Quitting Smoking Linked to Improved Mood

March 12, 2014

An interesting finding – that people who successfully quit smoking experience an uplift in mood equivalent to taking anti-depressants. Thinking psychodynamically I would put it down to a boost in ego cohesion as a result of redirecting libido that had been tied up in smoking.

http://feeds.socialpsychology.org/~r/psychology-headlines/~3/C_jKHGcLCeU/redirect.php

Source: Google News – HealthSmokers who kick the habit appear to benefit from an improved mood, according to a new review of past studies. On average, quitting smoking was associated with improvements in mental health similar to taking an antidepressant drug, a team of UK researchers found.

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