Is Smoking a Mental Health Issue?

Is Smoking a Mental Health Issue?

Dr. Prerna Kohli, India's Top Psychologist Explains Why Smoking is an Addiction
Dr. Prerna Kohli, India’s Top Psychologist Explains Why Smoking is an Addiction

Not surprisingly half of all the cigarettes consumed are by those who are suffering from some type of mental health issue. This could be Stress, Anxiety, Depression or an Addiction.

Any attempt to stop smoking would require resolving the root cause of this problem. Before we understand how the Psychologist will help you resolve these mental health problems lets understand what they are:

Stress: Demystifying one point is that Stress is not completely bad, without stress some of the most brilliant ideas would never have happened, but stress is the body’s way of reacting to a situation over which you perceive not to have control. Stress in life is inevitable, what is of importance is how you react to that stress.

Anxiety: Is a feeling of uneasiness, worry, or nervousness about an event in the future. Anxiety would about the result of an exam or the outcome of a job interview etc. Again in life there will be anxiousness about many facets, the key is how you react to these feelings of things not being in your control.

Depression: Depression is a feeling of complete despondency and dejection. However, every human being will suffer from various levels of depression during their life. No one person will live life without depression. Depression can be diagnosed to be mild or severe or some degree in between these extremes. How an individual reacts to depression is within their control, or with the help of counseling or even anti-depressant medication. Drugs, alcohol or nicotine is never an answer to depression.

Dr. Prerna Kohli, India's Top Psychologist Explains Why Smoking is an Addiction
Dr. Prerna Kohli, India’s Top Psychologist Explains Why Smoking is an Addiction

Addiction: Addiction is a complex condition of the mind, where a person is unable to control their need for a particular substance or activity. Moreover, one may be addicted to food, exercise, sex, alcohol, drugs or nicotine. This chronic dysfunction of the brain where it needs “rewards” and is indicated by a lack of self-control is resolved with counseling and other techniques that an experienced Psychologist is equipped with.

In conclusion, if you or someone you love needs to stop smoking cigarettes, it is best advised to consult with an experienced Psychologist who will treat the problem at the root cause instead of treating it superficially.

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About the Author: Dr. Prerna Kohli – Ph.D. is a practicing psychologist for over 25 years. She is a four-time gold medal winner for her academic excellence. She has been awarded by the President of India for her contributions to Mental Health. Learn more about Dr. Prerna Kohli.

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