Cigarettes Lead to Depression

Studies: Smoking, Childhood Relationships Can Increase Clinical Depression

Scientists have recently discovered clinical depression can be influenced due to childhood relationships and chain smoking. Depression is considered as mental state with low mood and feeling unhappy or miserable which impacts the thoughts, actions and behavior of a person. Most common reasons for depression include disappointment in relationships, school or at workplace, sleeping problems, childhood events such as humiliation or abuse, nutritional deficiencies, social isolation, death of a beloved one, social pressures, and excessive stress at workplace. It has been reported that annually 9.5% of whole population in US suffer from any of depressive disorders which can be sometimes fatal if not treated at the right time. Depression residential treatment requires consistent emotional support and use of anti-depressant medications with a holistic approach.

Based on a study it has been found that poor childhood relationships with siblings can lead to depression among men. The report was published in American Journal of Psychiatry by Dr. Robert Waldinger who is the director of study of Adult development at Brigam and Women’s Hospital located in Boston. The research has been conducted for 68 years and is considered to longest and most detailed research on Adult psychiatry which gathered data from 229 men whose lives were studied from childhood till they reached their fifties. The researchers went through the life quality of those men, childhood relationships, parenting quality, social life and family history related to depression. Based on research it was identified that poor childhood relationships was one of the important reasons for depression among adults. Another psychiatrist and expert on mental health, Dr. Gregory Simon also reported that poor childhood relationships can have negative impact on mental health.

Based on another research, cigarette smoking is also considered to be of significant impact to person’s mental health and result in depression. Smoking releases nicotine which is considered to be a stimulant as it results in adrenalin secretion and also increases blood pressure and heart beat. For this reason, smokers get addicted to this habit as it simulates the central nervous system and helps them to remain brisk and active. But all these simulating effects are temporary and it causes long term health issues such as heart problems, stroke, lung diseases, cancer etc. Smoking also poses serious risks to the mental health of the person and can lead to mood disorders.

Based on research conducted on 4000 men and 5000 women smokers by the Department of Public Health at University of Helsinki, persistent chronic smoking can result in depressive symptoms and lead to mental sluggishness, lack of attention and other psychological disorder in long term. The study was published in the magazine named Psychological Medicine and was important point to be discussed among people. Dr. Tellervo Korhonen who is the lead of this research program stated that cigarette smoking can impact the mental health of person in long term and recovery process is too long. There are various depression residential treatment centers which aid people to quit smoking through proper training, medications and use of other anti-depressants.